Physicist Sean Carroll’s Favorite Pint of Ice Cream

updated May 24, 2019
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Sean Carroll is a theoretical physics teacher at Caltech where he specializes in dark matter and general relativity. His latest book, The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself, has garnered much success, including being a New York Times bestseller. In his spare time, Carroll prioritizes a good scoop of ice cream, which he eloquently describes as “nature’s most perfect food.” Coming from a cosmologist, you know this means something.

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Sean’s Favorite Ice Cream: Burnt Caramel from Toscanini’s

Toscanini’s is a Boston treasure. First of all, the texture of all of their pints is unparalleled. The vanilla ice cream is the fluffiest, most cloud-like texture I’ve ever had. This burnt caramel flavor, however, stands out amongst the rest. It’s like no other caramel ice cream I’ve ever had. It tastes similar to a burnt, smoky marshmallow.

Here’s what Sean Carroll has to say about his favorite pint.

In my view, ice cream is nature’s most perfect food. I have high standards, and my favorite is the Burnt Caramel ice cream at Toscanini’s in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s richly flavorful and creamy without being overly complicated or gimmicky. I love it so much that when I moved to California I learned to make ice cream myself, just so I could approximate the real thing.

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