Book Pairings for Every Flavor of Ben & Jerry’s I’ve Ever Eaten

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Tracy Shapley Towley

Staff Writer

Tracy is a freelance copywriter, all-around ne’er do well, very-adult graduate of the University of Iowa, and occasional waterer of plants. Her hobbies include writing fiction, reading fiction, mixing together various flavors of soup, and typing letters to her friends on an old red typewriter that doesn't have a working period so all sentences must end in questions marks or exclamation points? She has read every Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and has a lot of thoughts on them. Her old Iowa farmhouse is shared by her husband Sean, a pair of cats, a pair of dogs, and the ghost of Kurt Vonnegut.

I’ve eaten a lot of ice cream. I’ve read a lot of books. Enjoyed separately, ice cream and books would both easily make a list of my top 50 things of all time, but when enjoyed together I experience a level of bliss that’s difficult to top. I like my ice cream with maximum mix-ins, and my books with maximum relevance. And so it was inevitable: A relevant book pairing for every single Ben & Jerry’s flavor I’ve ever eaten.

Empower Mint – I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

Americone Dream – Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

Blondie Ambition – Blonde: A Novel by Joyce Carole Oates

Brewed to Matter – Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World by Doc Hendley

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – Beloved by Toni Morrison

Chocolate Fudge Brownie – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Chocolate Therapy – Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

Chubby Hubby – Heft by Liz Moore

Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch – Just My Type by Simon Garfield

Coffee, Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz – Coffee Obsession by Anette Moldvaer

Half Baked – High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society by Dr. Carl Hart

Milk & Cookies – A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Mint Chocolate Cookie – Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Red Velvet Cake – A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown

The Tonight Dough – The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for the Night by Bill Carter

Triple Caramel Chunk – The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Vanilla Toffee Bar Crunch – White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Boom Chocolatta Cookie Core – The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

Brownie Batter Core – True Grit by Charles Portis

Karamel Sutra Core – Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe by Simon Singh

Salted Caramel Core – Delicious by Ruth Reichl

This was not my favorite flavor, can you tell?

Spectacular Speculoos Cookie Core – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Fossil Fuel – The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters by Gregory Zuckerman

Bovinity Divinity – Holy Cow: A Novel by David Duchovny

Cool Britannia – The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson