ENERGETICALLY SPEAKING, WHICH TOPPING GOES BEST WITH A VARIETY OF ICE-CREAM FLAVORS?

DEAR DALI MAMA:

Energetically speaking, which topping goes best with a variety of ice cream flavors?

—B.A. (United States)

DEAR B.A.:

Well, I’d say follow your heart (and listen to your gut) on that one. Ha ha!

Personally, I love a combination of toppings—hot chocolate doused over vanilla-bean ice cream, caramel sauce drizzled over vanilla or any light-colored ice cream, fresh strawberries, and chopped peanuts or almonds for a little crunch. You can even throw on a little sesasonal garnish on top for fun—crumbled candy cane in December or a fresh mint leaf on St. Patty’s Day.

One man even brought me organic vanilla ice cream with bits of vanilla bean topped with a handful of glorious edible violets. It was one of the many things that made me fall in love with him.

Keep these thoughts in mind as you’re choosing:

Chocolate fudge: Rich, dense, and complex. A topping for someone who is willing to stop and savor life and appreciate the duality of hot on cold and its resulting interaction.

Caramel sauce: A topping for the adventurer who likes to mix up unexpected combinations—wasabi and mayo, black pepper in lemon cake, or even sweet and sour shrimp. A topping to sweeten the uncharted path!

Strawberries: Great for someone that can take the tart with the sweet as well as for nature lovers. Plus, that pop of red on top of ice cream always makes you feel just a little bit happier than you already were.

Chopped Nuts: Perfect for someone who loves texture and isn’t afraid of the grittiness of life. Great also for a grounded, earthy sensation. (Also, nuts are generally good for your health.) Chopped peanuts are great for the “boy/girl next door” type. If you’re a “health nut” (ha ha), try raw almonds, which help prevent cancer. For the gourmand, try some hazelnuts or macadamian nuts.

Sprinkles: For the fun, festive soul who likes variety and balloons and sparkles and parties. The energy of sprinkles is clear and defined, yet with an appreciation of the differences between people. People who love sprinkles tend to know how to receive joy from the little things in life.

Gummy bears: I am a little biased on this one because I am something of a gummy-bear purist. Although I certainly wouldn’t judge anyone who wants some soft, multicolored fun populating their ice-cream bowl. Perfect for the thorough sensualist who likes to savor each bite.

Whipped cream: You can have a lot of fun with this one. Need I say more?

Food is one of my favorite topics—something I could discuss at great length. (As you can probably tell.)

Thanks, B.A.! Happy eating!

(Readers, what toppings do you love and what energies do you associate with the different toppings?)

7 Comments (+add yours?)

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    Jan 24, 2014 @ 12:33:49

    Thank you for your most comprehensive answer, dalimama. I now have a bevy of ammo for the next time I decide to venture into the treat that is ice cream and will hopefully avoid what happened the last time I walked up to an ice cream counter. I was deciding what to have atop my chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and was in a bit of pain as I limped forward in line. The server asked, “crushed nuts?” I said no, it’s a knee injury, but thanks for your concern …

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