As any ice cream maker will tell you, the flavoring is the most expensive component to making good ice cream. The profusion of flavors of Boston ice cream requires a lot of flavor essence blending and experimenting. If you look at the 20 to 30 ice cream offerings on Toscanini's menu and the 48 offerings on Christina's menu, you will find many unusual flavors or combinations that are common to both stores. Is there copycat retailing going on or is there an ice cream guild zeitgeist common to both makers? Don't know. At Christina's, the flavors are, for the most part, less intense than at Toscanini's, but the prices at Christina's are about 2/3 lower. One scoop is $2.75 at Christina's ($4.75 at Tosci's), two scoops are $3.60 versus $5.50 and three scoops are mentioned only at Christina's ($4.25) [prices as of fall, 2012]. I found a chocolate mousse ice cream at Christina's that had four star flavor and five star creaminess, but it took some sampling to get there. Their Lime Jalapeno Fresh Mint sorbet is also wonderful for its intense spiciness and flavor. The menu, as mentioned, had 48 ice creams, 5 sorbets and 8 frozen yoghurts on the day visited.
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