You don’t have to be valedictorian to know that trying to eat well in college can massively cut into more important things like Ultimate Frisbee practice. That’s why we hope you’ll meet us on the quad for 5 Easy Dorm Meals to Pair with Ice Cream.
THE MEAL: Dry cereal eaten straight out of the box
THE PINT: Glazed Donut
Hey, far be it from us to criticize. Sometimes you lovingly recreate a recipe found on your favorite ice cream website (cough), and sometimes dinner is cornflakes by the fistful. Since we’re already taking a “bowls optional” approach here, our recommendation is Glazed Donut, a pint we’ve never needed a bowl for.
THE MEAL: Onion rings your roommate snuck out of the dining hall
THE PINT: Mint Chocolate Chip
So your professor just announced you need a copy of Applied Metawhatsis (3rd ed.), available for the low, low price of $119.95… What’s a cash-strapped college student to do? Crispy, crunchy, and above all frugal, onion rings bought on your roomie’s meal plan are a smart way to pinch every penny (not to mention they taste great with a zesty dip). You’re going to want something cool and green, though, to balance things out — we recommend a pint of Mint Chocolate Chip for that blast of freshness.
THE MEAL: Take-out pad thai
THE PINT: Snickerdoodle
An important part of your college education is exploring other cultures, and an important part of exploring other cultures is sampling their amazing noodle dishes (especially when you’ve got a promo code for free delivery). Tamarind, soy, fish sauce, scallion — which pint best complements these bold flavors? Continue exploring with the cinnamon-cookie scrumptiousness of Snickerdoodle, an excellent representation of whatever the heck culture snickerdoodle cookies come from.
THE MEAL: Shrimp instant ramen
THE PINT: Sea Salt Caramel
Just ask any fraternity brother or sorority sister: Sometimes it’s best to stick with a theme. Turn any dinner into a theme party by pairing the brininess of shrimp-flavored ramen with sea salt blended into rich caramel. You might even want to put on some Frank Ocean!
THE MEAL: Pretty much just an energy drink
THE PINT: Brownies & Cookie Dough
Okay so you’ve got that term paper on soil erosion due tomorrow and it’s 60% of the grade and you meant to work on an outline you swear but all you really got done was changing the margins to 1” and adding a Roman numeral “I”? And then you drank an energy drink that tasted like fizzy hand sanitizer and now your eyelid keeps twitching?? Take things down a notch with the comforting chunks of cookie dough and brownie found in a Brownies & Cookie Dough pint. It’ll all be okay (or at least delicious).