It’s been real, Critic’s Corner; but the master of the house is back tomorrow. I need to vacuum the couch, delete a bunch of “Ancient Aliens” from the DVR, and leave the keys in the mailbox.
But before I go, I want us to have one last special moment together. So tonight, I’m taking you for ice cream.
More specifically, “The Ice Cream Show,” a conspicuously non-controversial new series on Viceland that neither shows nor requires teeth, and offers proof that Viceland’s interests occasionally extend beyond weed and sex, and into the things you might eat in between smoking weed and having sex.
Hosted by Isaac Lappert (owner of the family-run Californian/Hawaiian Lappert’s Ice Cream chain), “The Ice Cream Show” is just what it says on the pint — a deep, satisfyingly chunky scoop into every aspect of the industry.
In the series premiere, Lappert visits the Ben & Jerry’s HQ — including its graveyard of “dearly depinted” flavors (Sugar Plum we hardly knew ye!) — and sits down with Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Ice Cream, whose background in essential oils led her to view ice creams as “an edible perfume” (just with chunks of raw cookie dough). Spoiler alert: You will likely want some ice cream while watching.
And in Tuesday night’s episode, Lappert digs into the world of vegan, raw, organic, and low-calorie ice cream. So, much like a cone in the summer sun, that was fun while it lasted.Michael Andor Brodeur can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @MBrodeur.