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by Kersten

We are quickly approaching Valentine’s Day; that day of “sweetness”-- hearts, love and candy.  Stretch this a bit further to that perennial sweet favorite: ice cream.  Let’s have some fun!

A couple of years ago, Dr. Alan Hirsch, neurologist and director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation  in Chicago, conducted a study for a large ice cream company, that  linked personality traits with their 6 most popular ice cream flavors.    

  1. strawberries and creamvitamins for women, ice cream flavor
  2. vanilla
  3. double chocolate chunk
  4. banana cream
  5. butter pecan
  6. chocolate chip

"It was amazing to discover how distinct personalities corresponded with ice cream flavors,” said Dr. Hirsch.

Hirsch was asked to investigate whether people can be characterized according to six of Dreyer's most popular flavors.

"We collected a representative sample of 60 subjects, gave them a series of psychological tests, and used accepted research methods," he said.  "It was amazing to discover how distinct personalities corresponded with ice cream flavors,” said Dr. Hirsch. "I stand behind the accuracy and reliability."

Hirsch's results were a bit more specific than Dreyer’s seemed to want, so they edited the results.  After all this was supposed to be light hearted and fun…amusing for their ice cream patrons.  So they tweaked and toned down the characteristics that Hirsch found.

So choose your favorite flavor, and read on….don’t cheat though!  You can’t re-choose to a flavor that seems more appealing…as Dr Hirsch said,

"Very simply, you can't make yourself a better or worse person by switching your favorite flavor ice cream…But wouldn't it be nice if it were that easy?"

Strawberries and Cream

Hirsch- Introvert, feels inadequate or overwhelmed with life's stresses, easily made to feel guilty, frequently irritable and cranky, pessimistic, low self esteem, views the glass "as half empty."

Ice Cream Co (ICC)- Shy yet emotionally robust, skeptical, detail-oriented, opinionated, introverted, and self-critical.


Hirsch- Colorful, impulsive, likes to take risks, gregarious, tends to live a hectic life, expressive, enjoys close relationship with others, idealistic, sets high goals, a private person, sets high expectations for oneself, most comfortable in a close secure relationship.

ICC- Colorful, impulsive, risk takers who set high goals and have high expectations of themselves, enjoy close family relationships

Double Chocolate Chunk      

Hirsch- Dramatic,, charming, enthusiastic, outgoing, flirtatious, "the life of the party," creative, extrovert, sensitive, easily influenced by others, overly trusting, a follower rather than a leader, becomes bored easily with usual routine.

ICC- Lively, creative, dramatic, charming, enthusiastic, and the life of the party,   enjoy being at the center of attention and can become bored with the usual routine.

Banana Cream       

Hirsch- Well adjusted, easy going, empathic.

ICC- Very easy going, well adjusted, generous, honest and empathic.

Chocolate Chip     

Hirsch- Generous, a visionary, competitive, accomplished, someone who is on the top, charming in a social situations, ambitious, competent, intolerant of defeat, always a winner.

ICC- Generous, competitive, and accomplished; charming in social situations, ambitious and competent.

Butter Pecan       

Hirsch-  Perfectionist, pays attention to the most trivial details, devoted to work, does not waste time, conscientious, ethical, fiscally conservative, a planner, believes in "the principle of the thing," respectful, serious, logical, intelligent, competitive

ICC-  Orderly, perfectionist, careful, detail- oriented, conscientious, ethical, and fiscally conservative; also, competitive, aggressive in sports, and the "take-charge" type of personality.

Before you nibble on your next cone, be brave and add an extra scoop…sort of like double-dipping  on the  ice cream cone of life….Have a sweet Valentine’s Day…

Remember to take your women vitamins and be blessed, Kersten

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