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Food: Jamoca Almond Fudge

Good in a cup, great in a cone. Uploaded to Flickr by sea turtle.

Good in a cup, great in a cone. Uploaded to Flickr by sea turtle.

What could be better on a 90-degree August day than ice cream? And what ice cream could be better than the unbelievably good Jamoca Almond Fudge from Baskin-Robbins?

It’s Jamoca ice cream with ribbons of chocolate fudge and roasted almonds. In an age of literal “flavors of the month,” JAF has been a staple on the Baskin-Robbins menu since 1959. In fact, it’s said to have been the favorite flavor of company founder Irvine Robbins.

Must...have...a cone. Uploaded by

Must...have...a cone. Uploaded by

With this coffee-flavored ice cream, the company seems to have foreseen the mania that’s swept the country. The unusual thing for me is that although I do love coffee, I never liked coffee ice cream – still don’t. But add the chocolate, the almonds, and the sugar cone, and oh, baby. And this flavor is best enjoyed with a cone, not in a cup. The crunch of the cone complements the crunch of the nuts and completes the experience.

If there’s not a Baskin-Robbins close by, Dreyer’s/Edy’s makes a respectable imitation called Mocha Almond Fudge. And the Chocolate Gourmand even has a great blog post about making your own homemade version. He said this was his favorite flavor growing up “because it was like a portable coffee and chocolate sundae, with the fudge and nuts neatly packed inside.”

Today’s video: A really cute Baskin-Robbins commercial:


(Jamoca is a trademark of Baskin-Robbins, that I’d have used the symbol for if I could figure out how to do it.)

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