July 23, 2012

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

“Vanilla has become too generalized. It’s become standard, which is good. Vanilla is a household name. But the same standardization that’s made it so popular has taken the novelty out of it. Being the vanguard of ice cream has vanquished its radical sensation.” - Benson Bruno

It's National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

Sponsored byWax Orchards

Today we celebrate the most boring flavor of anything ever created... vanilla ice cream.


I know that vanilla ice cream is one of the most popular selling varieties in the states, but I just don't get why. It's so... mainstream. So... unexciting. So... "meh."

Which is I'm doctoring mine up today with Wax Orchards Marionberry Syrup.

About a month ago, I had the opportunity to try Wax Orchards Orange Blossom Fudge Sauce. I announced that if I were to make a Top Ten Best Products I Discovered List, it would be on it. I was just impressed with both it, and the company itself. Inspired by high-fiber, thick preserves the original American settlers made using only whole ripe fruit without water or pectin, Wax Orchards products are healthy alternatives to sweets sans any additives, chemicals, sugars, or unpronounceable names. It over joys me that companies like this exist!

I'll admit: I didn't know what marionberries were, so I asked Wax Orchards if I could try that syrup specifically. Usually, if a company is going to graciously send me product to review, I don't tell them what I want... I let them send me what they think would be best. But as a foodie, I'm always intrigued by new flavors, especially when they come from things I've never heard of before. So, I HAD to try this marionberry syrup.

Apparently marionberries are a Northwest variety of a blackberry. More specifically, it's a hybrid caneberry developed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon in 1945 by George F. Waldo. It's got a unique taste, too. Apparently, it's been called the “Cabernet of Blackberries." And I can see why. It tastes, to me, like a cross between black currants and strawberries... tart, but with a really pleasant, sweet finish.

And it made my vanilla ice cream taste a hundred thousand times more awesome!

I continue to be impressed with the Wax Orchards line, and hope you get the chance to be so, too.

Happy National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission from company.