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Michelle tried Noodle Kugel ice cream at JP Licks in Brookline. Perhaps a chocolate chip challah dough flavor is next?

There are a lot of benefits to being a “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire Jew, most of which I’ll save for another blog post. The downside: Lack of access to Rosh Hashana-themed ice cream!

So when J.P. Licks, the imaginative Boston ice cream shop chain, launched their High Holiday tribute flavors this month, I had to live vicariously through a surrogate sweet tooth.

Journalist and filmmaker Michelle Cove is best known for her witty exploration of the pressures to get married, specifically why the United States now has more single 30-something women than any other time in history. Her documentary and book “Seeking Happily Ever After” re-examines our fairy tale expectations of life after the last piece of wedding cake.

She’s also willing to re-examine our preconceptions about dessert — within reasonable limits.

Michelle refused to try the Blackberry Manischewitz Wine sorbet (maybe next Passover), but she was kind enough to provide this exclusive review of Noodle Kugel ice cream, which is a creamy butter base mixed with sweetened egg noodles and a hint of cinnamon:

“If I didn’t know the name of it, I would have guessed Apple Pie,” she says. “If you like your ice cream rich and decadent, this one’s def for you.”

Hmmmmm… Who knew it would be a hit?

Maybe J.P. Licks can explore some other Jewish flavors that immediately come to mind:

Apples & Honey — Isn’t this the default Rosh Hash flavor?

Knish Krunch — Mmmmm. Mashed potato with Heath Bar.

Chicken Soup Swirl — Might cause some kashrut issues, but hey, JP’s is a secular hangout.

Mint Shofar Chip — Ram’s horn-shaped chunks of chocolate bathing in a mint base.

In case you do want to check out Blackberry Manischewitz Wine, the ice cream scoopers promise you won’t get drunk. But, they warn, “you will get a little verklempt after each mouthful.”


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