I know I've mentioned before on the blog that Paul and I have a favorite ice cream place in Santa Cruz called Marianne's. The texture and flavor of their ice creams are amazing and they have lots of options to choose from. I pretty much always try a couple of random samples like "Lavender" or "Heath Bar" or "Lychee" and then ask for a kid's double on a cake cone with a scoop of raspberry swirl and fudge brownie. I've noticed before that the fudge brownie is officially named "Alice B. Toklas Fudge Brownie (with walnuts)" but I have always ignored the Ms. Toklas part and waived her off as Marianne's granny or biddy aunt or something.
Except today I looked her up on my iPhone while we were driving home and it turns out that according to Wikipedia, Alice Babette Toklas was the San Francisco-born lover of the novelist Gertrude Stein and is famous in her own right for publishing a cookbook with a recipe for "hashish fudge" and her name was later attributed to a number of "cannabis concoctions" including marijuana brownies.
I debated whether to continue eating my Alice B. Toklas Fudge Brownie ice cream and conferred with Paul whether Marianne's could actually get away with selling a chocolate ice cream with marijuana-laced brownie chunks. I"ve had it multiple times before and have never noticed any strange effects. On the one hand, there is no warning on the menu and kids order that flavor so surely it can't have drugs in it, right? On the other hand, Marianne's is in Santa Cruz after all.
In the end, I continued eating the ice cream and cone, but I felt guilty about it. Next time I may have to switch to Rocky Road or Butter Pecan. Or stick to my New Year's Resolution about laying off the sweets.