All this time we've been obsessing over our horoscopes and what the stars tell us about our lives, it turns out we should have been following our stomachs all along. Your taste buds have a lot to say about your personality, and researchers have cracked the code to reveal what your favorite ice cream flavor says about you.
A national ice cream chain ordered a study by the Smell & Taste Treament and Research Foundation - how official! - to investigate ice cream lovers and their personalities. Lead researcher Dr. Alan Hirsch has created these profiles for fans of 7 common ice cream flavors.
He also weighed in on which ice cream flavor you're most romantically compatible with, based on your preference. So ask your husband or wife what their favorite flavor is and check if you're a perfect match!
While strawberry is a classic ice cream flavor that's been around for centuries, it never manages to crack the list of America's 5 favorite flavors. That's too bad, because strawberry fans are emotionally complex critical thinkers who have strong opinions. They're definitely more introverted than most people, but they're tolerant and devoted friends.
Most compatible with: Chocolate chip
The flavor for perfectionists. People who prefer butter pecan like to focus on fine details and stick to a daily routine. Maybe they're overly cautious sometimes, but these classic type-A personalities are great to have on your team. Just try to stay on their good side!
Most compatible with: Butter pecan, chocolate and chocolate chip
This is a pretty uncommon flavor, but the world could sure use more banana ice cream fans. They're relaxed, easygoing, well adjusted, and honest. Banana ice cream types are the people who will listen to you vent about your bad day and give you some good advice when you're done.
Most compatible with: Everyone
If you know somebody who seems a little too perfect, odds are they like chocolate chip ice cream. It's the flavor for competitive and charming people who seem to get along well with everyone. If this is your flavor, try not to rub people the wrong way with your cheery attitude, or else you could seem like a phony.
Most compatible with: Butter pecan or chocolate
Click to the next page to find out what the survey says about chocolate ice cream!
"Vanilla" has become a way of describing things that are plain, dull and unexciting, but fans of vanilla ice cream couldn't be more different. They're known for their colorful personalities, and as being risk takers who follow their instincts. Vanilla fans make great friends and family members, because they value the people close to them.
Most compatible with: Another vanilla lover
Mint Chocolate Chip
The sharp taste of this flavor divides people, and so do its fans. They're known as the type who love to argue, and Dr. Hirsch says they always try to "find the tarnish on the silver lining." Still, they're savvy, ambitious and frugal people.
Most compatible with: Mint chocolate chip
Of course, America's favorite flavor is popular for a reason. The people who choose chocolate ice cream tend to be creative, and energetic. They're the life of any party they go to and hate to be held down by routines and rules. While they're known as romantics, they can also be gullible and flighty, so keep your eye on them!
Compatible with: Butter pecan, chocolate or chocolate chip
Bear in mind, the ice cream company that commissioned the survey says not to take these profiles too seriously. Even though they're just for fun, we think there's a kernel of truth in each one. What do you think of your profile?
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