Swoon Author Danika Stone: Book Pairings and Ice Cream, the SUMMER Edition!
A few months ago, I wrote a post about my favorite book and ice cream pairings. It was, without a doubt, the most enjoyable post I’ve ever written. (Especially since it involved extensive research!) Now, with summer on its way, I’ve written a second edition. Here are a few more book and ice cream pairings, plus some of my favorite authors’ books and the icy treats they’ve chosen to pair with their books.
My first selection for summer reading is a book I’ve been dying to get my hands on: When Dimple Met Rishi, a YA about two Indian-American teens. Given the background of the two main characters, I chose a traditional Indian ice cream flavor: Shahi Meva Malai Ice Cream, a mixture of mithai, nuts, and sweet milk. Uniquely delicious!
My second summer book and ice cream choice is Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn. In it, the main character Vic throws an epic bash at Happies, a local restaurant about to close its doors forever, but has to deal with the unexpected when fans of Happies show up to party at the now-closed theme park nearby. Given the foodie premise, I’m pairing this book with a celebratory ice cream staple: Haagen-Dazs Banana Split Ice Cream. The perfect everyone-loves-it flavor to kick off both a book (and a restaurant)!
My third pairing is for Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. This swashbuckling book is action-packed, and what could pair better with all that piracy than a straight-from-the tropics staple of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey? Full of summery fun, you’ll be able to enjoy the best side of the pirate life while relaxing. As Levenseller writes: “Oh, the ridiculous things one has to do when one is a pirate.”
Another great pairing is for Becky Albertalli’s amazing novel The Upside of Unrequited, which tells the story of seventeen-year-old Molly who has suffered through endless crushes (twenty-six, to be precise!) and is starting to lose hope. I knew I needed to find a familiar flavor for this book—since Molly’s relationship with her sister, Cassie, is one of my favorite parts of the books—but I also needed it to hint at the adventurous side of Molly that’s about to step forward as she gains confidence with Reid. With this in mind, I chose Baskin-Robbins Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream. It has a vanilla base but mixes it up with cookie-dough, too. The perfect coming-of-age pairing for The Upside of Unrequited!
Lastly, I’m throwing one of my favorite feel-good YA re-reads, the modern retelling of Cinderella, Marissa Meyer’s Cinder. For Cinder, I chose a lemon ice cream pairing, specifically because of this in-book mention: “She’d even missed Scarlet’s eighteenth birthday, though she’d bought the ingredients for Scarlet’s favorite lemon cake the week before.” Let the tastes of Halo Top Lemon Cake Ice cream melt on your tongue as you fall in love with Cinder and Kai all over again!
And that brings me to the end of my list. So tell me, what are your favorite ice cream and book pairings? Answer in the comments below. To get you started, here are a few ice cream/book pairings from some of the best YA authors around in a hand-dandy printable sommelier list! (Pro tip: To see/print the full-size, right click the image and open it in a new tab!)