When it comes to frozen confections, I like Red and Blue. My brother is a big fan of Green. No one really likes Purple. But these aren’t just aesthetic concerns – Red, Blue, Green and Purple have distinct tastes and connotations. I love anything that’s identifiable, flavor-wise, only by color. It feels real, like I know it comes straight from the earth.
Fla-Vor-Ice was a (rectangular) pillar of my childhood, along with playing naked in the mud and dressing up as a ballerina. On weekends, my father would walk my brother and I up to a little corner market, and we would each get to choose a big, colorful tube of – well – flavored ice.
These ice-pops are offered in rectangular tubes of liquid that one can store frozen or in liquid form. My friend Todd used to drink them, unfrozen, as juice.
That sounds absolutely disgusting.
Recently, Fla-Vor-Ice has come back into my life. My brother Sam discovered that he could buy Fla-Vor-Ice in bulk at CVS, and then in more bulk at Cost-co, and then in even greater bulk on the internet. Now, my freezer is perpetually stocked with multicolored frozen treats. Sometimes Sam and I will share an evening sitting by the TV, eating Fla-Vor-Ice by the dozen (this process turns the tongue an enticing shade of purple). It’s a great bonding experience, and a delicious treat. There is seldom anything more exciting or comforting (depending on the situation) than a nice big rectangular packet of Fla-Vor-Ice. In Red, please.