June 7, 2011 at 3:24 PM ET
Thankfully, the warm weather has ushered in a new excuse to indulge in your favorite scoop. After all, how else are you supposed to avoid heat stroke? Conventional wisdom suggests that an empty chocolate ice cream container is probably your best protection.
But does everyone love chocolate as much as you think? Nay, says ice creamista, Lauren Tempera of Spoon'd Ice Cream. "Despite popular belief, chocolate is the flavor underdog; purists will choose vanilla and the young at heart will go the distance with mix-ins but the simple balance of cocoa and fat in a perfect chocolate ice cream can be described as nothing less than pure bliss."