Typically, on a rare nights out, it's barely a minute after hubby and I find our movie seats that a chocolate box is open and its entire contents is dumped into the bucket of buttered goodness on my lap (bar the few my outraged hubby is able to save). His routine subsequent protests are drowned out by my unshakeable focus and concentration. Shake. Wait. And then savour the melted salty bliss.
At Mooloolaba's newly opened world famous ice-cream franchise Ben and Jerry's, I discovered the eighth wonder of the sweet and salty world already awaiting me.
The Couch Potato. An exquisite medley of the softest creamiest vanilla ice-cream with chocolatey covered potato chip clusters, topped with a salty caramel swirl.
Owners Steve Green and Brooke Baker and their team of 20 have literally been run off their feet since Ben and Jerry's Mooloolaba officially opened late last month.
It is a stretch of coast where ice-cream cones and cups are a dime-a-dozen but Ben & Jerry's point of difference is that their menu mainstay is unmistakably and unapologetically full cream goodness. The content ratio of real ingredients is second to none with no artificial flavours. That is real coffee. Real bananas. Real strawberries. Real peanut butter.
Not convinced yet to ditch that diet? Perhaps Ben & Jerry's vocal support and demonstrated commitment to Fairtrade certified ingredients will push you over the line. Currently the chain's entire cocoa (the Ivory Coast), vanilla (Uganda) coffee (Mexico), banana (Ecuador) supplies are all sourced from Fairtrade farms, but Ben & Jerry's have taken that commitment one step further by working towards 100% Fairtrade ingredients by the end of 2014. Their philosophy has drawn great support from the world and here at home - just ask Mooloolaba store opening special guest and fan Bindi Irwin.
Ben & Jerry's is a part of history and tradition committing to a better future. And with a home now here in the paradise that is Mooloolaba, life has just got that much sweeter!