I often wonder if my solitary Valentine’s Days are born from the sharing of my encyclopedic knowledge of esoteric nerdom such as Vulcan mating rituals with my dates.
Nah, probably not.
Whatever the cause of my party for one dinner reservations, my experience with love potions begins with #9 and ends with hormone-fueled Hogwarts’ hijinks. When said potions are described as smelling of turpentine, it does not exactly inspire confidence in the alchemical arts.
Baskin-Robbins has remedied this issue by once again bubbling up a cauldron of Love Potion #31 which consists of chocolate chips and raspberry-filled chocolate hearts and a raspberry swirl mixed within both raspberry and white chocolate ice cream.
Evident at first sight, the color of love is fully on display due to the judicious application of actual raspberries that lay an authentically natural saccharine foundation. Every bite is awash in an intense raspberry essence as aggressive as a Vulcan on bath salts during pon farr.
Playing a complementary role, the white chocolate half of the ice cream in this witches’ brew of dairy delight exudes a dulcet butteriness. Wisely eschewing the standard eye of newt, the pervasive dark chocolate flavored chips perfectly complement the powerful raspberry sweetness with nary a note of excessive bitterness.
Its rarer raspberry-filled candy companion shares a similar excellent balance in a heart shaped package born of cocoa rather than the unsavory bits and bobs of creepy crawlies. They present a slightly milkier chocolate and syrupier raspberry filling than the main bowl that makes the occasional bite really pop.
Love Potion #31 presents a delicious holiday inspired flavor with an adorably heart shaped, raspberry filling on top candy flourish. Embracing this deliciously dark dairy art, I might finally get to show off my collection of Klingon themed bondage gear.
Purchased Price: $2.39
Size: Small scoop (2.5 oz.)
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (Small Scoop) 170 calories, 9 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 25 milligrams of cholesterol, 45 milligrams of sodium, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 16 grams of sugar, 1 gram of dietary fiber and 3 grams of protein.