Hidden Personality Traits Revealed Through Your Favourite Ice Cream Flavour

If you think ordering vanilla means you’re boring, see how personality traits are linked to your favourite ice cream flavour.

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Vanilla ice cream with mint leaves
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Vanilla lovers are impulsive

Vanilla is one of the simplest of ice cream flavours, but its fans are actually likely to be colourful, impulsive, idealistic risk-takers who “rely more on intuition than logic,” according to studies conducted by neurologist Dr. Alan Hirsch, founder of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. Vanilla lovers were also emotionally expressive and successful in close relationships. As for the research: Hirsch uses various standardized psychiatric test results to make statistical correlations, explaining that the same part of the brain (the limbic lobe) is responsible for both personality traits and food preference. Interestingly, Hirsch says the taste for your favourite ice cream flavours is set during childhood and tends to remain consistent throughout your life.

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Strawberry ice cream can reveal hidden personality traits
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Strawberry lovers are introverts

In a study by Hirsch for Baskin Robbins, strawberry lovers were often tolerant, devoted, and introverted; in research conducted for Dreyer’s/Edy’s, he found fans of the berry flavour were also logical and thoughtful.

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Chocolate lovers are flirtatious

If you prefer a chocolate scoop, Hirsch determined you are likely to be flirtatious and seductive, and also lively, charming, dramatic, and gullible.

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Mint chocolate chip ice cream
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Mint chocolate chip lovers are argumentative

Always mixing it up? There’s a good chance mint chocolate chip is your favourite flavour, according to Hirsch’s study for Dreyer’s/Edy’s, which found this ice cream signified ambition, confidence, frugalness, and argumentativeness. “[They] aren’t fully satisfied until they find the tarnish on the silver lining,” said Hirsch about its fans. However, Hirsch predicts that mint chocolate chip lovers are compatible with one another.

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Rainbow sherbet cone
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Rainbow sherbet lovers are pessimistic

This flavour’s bright colours and fruity taste is no match for the downbeat attitude of those who choose it as their favourite. “We found that people who prefer rainbow sherbet are more pessimistic than you would think,” says Hirsch, who also found they’re analytic and decisive.

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Rocky road ice ream in waffle cone
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Rocky Road lovers are aggressive

If this flavour-packed cone is your favourite, you’re most likely aggressive and engaging, but a good listener, according to Hirsch’s Baskin Robbins study. The Dreyer’s/Edy’s panel also determined that the goal-oriented Rocky Road lover is often successful, but sometimes aggressive behaviour can “inadvertently hurt the feelings of those that surround him.”

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Coffee ice cream with chocolate chips
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Coffee lovers are dramatic

If you’re lively, dramatic, and approach life with “gusto,” you’re probably a fan of coffee ice cream. Hirsch’s study for Dreyer’s/Edy’s says coffee ice cream fans are not concerned about the future and thrive on the “passion of the moment,” needing constant stimulation in a romantic relationship.

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Chocolate chip ice cream sandwich
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Chocolate chip lovers are generous

If you choose classic chocolate chip, you’re generous, competent, and a go-getter, according to Hirsch’s survey for Baskin Robbins.

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Butter pecan ice cream
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Butter pecan lovers are conscientious

Fans of this nutty flavour are devoted, conscientious, and respectful, according to Hirsch’s study for Dreyer’s/Edy’s. They hold high standards for right and wrong and are afraid of hurting people’s feelings.

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