Final Flavors

October 17, 2011 under CANR News, Events

UD ice cream enthusiasts have voted and “Blue Hen Tracks” and “All Nighter” are the two finalists in UDairy Creamery’s Blue Hen Signature Ice Cream Contest.

Members of the UD community will have several opportunities to vote for their favorite, with the winning entry (both flavor and person) to be announced at Homecoming festivities. The winning flavor will be featured at the UDairy Creamery store and at Creamery concessions at Delaware Stadium on Homecoming weekend.

Taste tests and final voting will take place:

Thursday, Oct. 20: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at both the UD Bookstore and Perkins Student Center; and

Thursday, Oct. 27:  5-7:30 p.m., at select dining hall locations in conjunction with Local Garden Harvest Dinners.

In addition, the UDairy Creamery team will be visiting a variety of UD locations throughout main campus and satellite locations throughout the state. For additional dates, times, and locations, be sure to follow the Creamery on Facebook and Twitter.

Blue Hen Tracks is vanilla ice cream with blue-shelled chocolate candy and a peanut butter swirl. The entry submission said: “The Blue Hen name association and color-combo is obvious. The ice cream mixture is simple and uncomplicated, which would stand the test of time. Anything too fancy or too complicated with lots of ingredients is trendy, but not always appealing to the largest group of consumers. I can already taste it — yum!”

All Nighter is coffee ice cream with cookie dough chunks, crushed chocolate sandwich cookies and a fudge swirl. This entry submission said, “Every college student has to pull an all nighter at some point in their college career. It can be sweeter with this delectable ice cream flavor. Designed to give you the sugar rush you need to survive a 24-hour cram session.”

Two of the eight final flavors that didn’t make the finals are currently being sold for a limited time at the Creamery store — UDe Leche and First State Cobbler. “We had left over ice cream from the taste tests,” said creamery manager, Melinda Litvinas, “and these two flavors were ones that we thought really stood up to our standards for flavors. We contacted the people who submitted the ideas, and they were happy to have their ice cream available for a limited time.”

UDe Leche — caramel ice cream with crushed vanilla cookies and a caramel swirl — was submitted by Michelle Pusey, a master’s student in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Pusey’s entry said, “This flavor would be the perfect official ‘Blue Hen’ flavor of the UDairy Creamery. The ice cream is crafted from UD milk from UD cows at UD! The simplicity of the flavor exemplifies the quality ingredients produced right here by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Just as the UDairy Creamery has fostered fellowship among the entire University, ‘UDe Leche’ will further unite the Blue Hen community.”

First State Cobbler — peach flavored ice cream with a cobbler crumble and blueberry swirl — was submitted by Anette Karlsson, professor and chair of mechanical engineering.  According to the entry, “Peach and blueberry capture the true flavor of the Blue Hen: It is golden and blue, and it represents some of the greatest produce that is grown in the state of Delaware. And who does not like a fruit cobbler?”

Visit the UDairy Creamery website for more information.

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Help create UDairy Creamery’s signature flavor

September 12, 2011 under CANR News

The UDairy Creamery has announced its “Blue Hen Flavor Contest,” a University-wide competition to create a signature ice cream flavor for the University of Delaware.  Students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to participate.

The rules are simple — come up with a flavor that you think should be UD’s signature flavor and tell UDairy Creamery what it is and why it deserves to win. Participants are encouraged to be creative and to think outside the box.

There are several ways to enter. If you pre-ordered textbooks from the UD Barnes and Noble Bookstore, you already have a form in your bookstore packet, along with a coupon for $1 off of any ice cream purchase at the UDairy Creamery store, located on south campus next to the ice arenas.  Just drop off the entry form at the creamery.

Blank entry forms are also available at the creamery, and entries are being accepted online through this link.

Creamery staff will choose eight finalists, and then create all eight of the chosen flavors. In the first week, taste tests of the chosen eight entries will occur at various locations across the campus. You may only vote one time per taste testing round.

Students who participate will be asked to vote for their favorite flavor and after tallying the results, the competition will be narrowed down to four finalists. The next week, more taste tests and voting will lead to two finalists.

From there, the ultimate taste test and voting will determine the winning flavor, which will be announced at the Homecoming football game on Nov. 12.

The UDairy Creamery will award prizes to the creator of the winning flavor and to one randomly chosen person who votes during the competition.  Winners will be contacted via email.

Check the UDairy Creamery’s Facebook page and website frequently for announcements about the times and locations of the taste tests, and then show up and be ready for great ice cream innovations.

Important dates

Sept. 21 – Entries close

Oct 3 – Eight finalists are announced

Oct. 6 – First round of taste tests (8 choices)

Oct. 13 – Second round of taste tests (4 choices)

Oct. 20 – Third and final round of taste tests (2 choices)

Nov. 12 (Homecoming) – Winner is announced. The winning flavor will be available for purchase at the football game.

The UDairy Creamery, established in 2008, produces premium ice cream made with the milk from the cows on the farm at the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Founded on science, sustainability and entrepreneurship, the Creamery encourages discovery learning, with University students involved in every aspect of making and selling ice cream “from the cow to the cone.”

Posted on UDaily here.

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