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Swoon Author Danika Stone: A Tasty Guide to Books and Ice Cream

When you eat at a fancy restaurant, a sommelier can offer you the best wine choice to accentuate your meal. He or she will select a wine that highlights your dish, bringing out the very best flavor. But wine isn’t my kryptonite. Ice cream is! And a few weeks ago, Lauren Scobell and I were pining over the lack of a book / ice cream guide.

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From that very first conversation, this post was born! Based on my copious experience with ice cream (and books!), here are five bookish fan favorites and their delicious ice cream pairings.    

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The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling is paired with Breyer’s Black Raspberry Chocolate All Natural Ice Cream. This unexpected pairing is a nod to Harry’s first visit to Diagon Alley, when Hagrid buys Harry a raspberry and chocolate ice cream cone from Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour. (You can add a handful of nuts if you’re aiming for canon HP consumption.)

eleanor & park coverEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is a gorgeous retro YA best paired with Talenti’s Mediterranean Mint Gelato. It’s not only author Rainbow Rowell’s favorite ice cream, but it also hints at the long-ago innocence of Eleanor & Park, full of scorching summer days, icy mint, and young love. Bonus points? Park imagines Eleanor as: “a stack of freckled heart shapes, a perfectly made Dairy Queen ice cream cone.”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is paired with Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream for an in-book mention: “her favorite ice cream flavor (she said she refuses to eat low-fat frozen yogurt on principle alone) is Cherry Garcia.” This canon flavor also fits Charlie’s inner dialogue and questioning nature, with the name of the ice cream—Cherry Garcia—meaning one thing while being a pun of something else.

hunger games coverThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is rife with food-based symbolism, and since Katniss likely never tasted ice cream prior to leaving District 12, our pairing is entirely focused on the over-the-top decadence of the Capital: Haagen Dazs 30th Anniversary Rose Ice Cream. Be warned! Though this President Snow-approved flavor is popular in Japan, it’s exclusive enough in America that you’ll need to order it in. “What must it be like, I wonder, to live in a world where food appears at the press of a button?”

My last pairing is the childhood favorite of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time paired with Dreyer’s Rich and Creamy Chocolate Ice Cream. Not only is chocolate ice cream an old-fashioned staple, it hearkens to the opening chapter of the book where Meg cannot sleep so she heads to the kitchen: “I’ll make myself some cocoa, she decided. —That’ll cheer me up.” This classic YA pairs beautifully with one of the most popular ice creams.

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 your favorite Swoon Authors 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!) 

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Happy reading (and eating!) 

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Danika Stone

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of ...

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