Finding the perfect ice-cream flavor can be as frustrating as dating a snowman: by the time you're ready to commit, all the good ones have melted away. Find The One among 31 with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of ice-cream and frozen treats at Baskin Robbins on 82nd Street.
Ever since Baskin Robbins began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways, 31 at a time. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste-test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic flavor such as rocky road single scoop ($2.59) or a seasonal offering such as Strawberry Cheesecake or Love Potion #31—white-chocolate and raspberry ice cream swirled with a raspberry ribbon and loaded with raspberry-filled chocolate hearts and chocolate chips. Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face within the flavor of the month—Bobsled Brownie, a tasty mix of butter caramel ice cream, chocolate chip blondie brownie pieces, and milk chocolate mousse ice cream with a fudge crackle ribbon. The ice alchemists at Baskin Robbins can also transmute their ice cream into other creations, such as mini-parfaits ($2.00), layered sundaes ($5.59), and banana splits ($5.99).
To celebrate events of greater import, such as Halloween or baby's first doctoral thesis, choose one of Baskin Robbins's variety of freeze-baked ice-cream cakes ($9.99+). Classic cakes let loose flavors of white sponge or devil's-food cake across their thick, creamy tundra and the chocolate-dipped strawberry cake, a Chef's Collection cake, erects a skyscraper with chocolate and Very Berry–strawberry ice-cream floors and an exterior of whipped chocolate and strawberry glaze. Healthy hedonists, meanwhile, can indulge in the shop's BRight Choices—fat-free, dairy-free, and sugarless assortments of ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt. With thousands of locations nationwide, Baskin Robbins makes sure nobody ever has to suffer the pain of ice-cream heartaches.
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Founded by ice-cream enthusiasts Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins in 1945, Baskin Robbins now serves tasty cold treats at more than 6,700 retail shops spread out in more than 50 countries. Customers glance through the glass at flavors of all colors and textures, including standard-bearers as well as the always-changing flavor of the month. Servers transform scoops into the classic banana split or a towering peanut-butter-cup sundae, decorated with hot fudge and Reese's peanut-butter sauce. Soft serve takes the form of cakes, parfaits, and 31 Below mix-in treats, and drinks such as strawberry-citrus Fruit Blast cool mouths with a sweet yet icy embrace. Baskin Robbins also offers ornate ice-cream cakes to celebrate an anniversary or successfully forging a college diploma.