This is a big week for the Ultimate Flavor Tournament, because this is the week that we crown the champions in each of the four major conferences — Vanilla, Chocolate, All Natural, and Limited Edition. It also means, after this week, we’ll be down to just FOUR flavors!
To offer some expert analysis of this week’s four match-ups, we’ve invited our own “Einstein of Ice Cream,” Mr. Ernie Pinkney to weigh in with his thoughts below. Leave a comment of your own with your thoughts. Do you agree with Ernie? Do you disagree? Also don’t forget to vote on the match-ups in the polls on the right.
As a reminder, we’ll choose one comment from ALL the comments left on the blog during the tournament to win a ONE YEAR supply of Turkey Hill Ice Cream. Good luck!
ERNIE’S ANALYSIS: Both of these flavors are powerhouses and both have made serious runs at the UFT title in the past. I think this match-up will be a hard-fought one, but Peanut Butter Ripple beat heavily-favored Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough last week AND it’s the only peanut butter flavor left in the tournament. Peanut Butter fans are extremely passionate, which is why I predict a win for the Ripple this week.
ERNIE’S ANALYSIS: This showdown is funny because both of these flavors are very similar. Both are chocolate ice cream with a marshmallow swirl, but Rocky Road throws butter roasted almonds into the mix. Will the almonds be enough to give Rocky Road the edge? Considering the fact that it handily beat number one contender Dutch Chocolate last week, I think this week looks good for Rocky Road.
ERNIE’S ANALYSIS: If you asked me at the beginning of the tournament, which of the eight All Natural competitors would be facing each other in this round, I would have picked these two flavors. Salted Caramel beat Vanilla Bean last week. That was a tough match-up, and it might have left Salted Caramel a little worn out. For that reason, I’m going to give a slight edge to All Natural Chocolate.
ERNIE’S ANALYSIS: Ahh, the Limited Edition flavors. They’re only around for a month or two, but they enter this tournament with all of the fight and determination of a full-time flavor. You really gotta respect that, and I do. Even though I love Whoopie Pie because it pays homage to a Lancaster County favorite, Deep Dark Chocolate is a force to be reckoned with, and I think all that chocolatey goodness is going to propel it one more week in this tournament.