Yes, we know you’re made a New Year’s Resolution about losing weight, eating healthy etc. And you’re probably off to a good start, so well done.
But you’ve still got some 355-odd days to continue honouring that resolution, so if there’s an international business class flight with United Airlines on your calendar, we’ll forgive you for indulging in one of the airline’s signature touches: the ice cream sundae cart.
United’s inflight catering has moved up quite a few notches since the debut of its Polaris business class (and their companion Polaris lounges) effectively relaunched the Star Alliance member’s premium travel experience.
And as long-standing part of this has always been the ice cream sundae trolley wheeled down the aisle after lunch or dinner.
There are other desserts on offer from the three-tier dessert cart, but it’s always hard to go past these scoops of ice cream served in a glass coupes with your choice of toppings – from the standbys of chocolate or caramel fudge sauce, M&Ms, whipped cream and cherries to almonds, strawberries and Oreo flakes.
Some passengers have even made their own customisations, such as the popular request for a drizzle of Baileys or Kahlua spirits as the topping.
However, the cart was a short-term casualty of the pandemic as United joined other airlines in paring back their meal service and opting for a packaged frozen sundae of vanilla ice cream with just one topping.
But that changes from next month, when United’s ice cream sundae cart once again graces the cabin of all international Polaris business class flights.
United Airlines has confirmed its ice cream sundae carts are “coming to all long-haul international flights in February”.
So now there’s another reason to cheer 2023 as the year things returned to normal. After all, there are no calories above the clouds, right?