UDairy Creamery holds ‘Ice Cream Carnival’ to raise money for ice cream truck

October 24, 2012 under CANR News

In order to help raise funds to bring an ice cream truck to the University of Delaware campus, the UDairy Creamery hosted an “Ice Cream Carnival” on Friday, Oct. 12, from 1-5 p.m. on The Green.

The creamery is hoping to get an ice cream truck in order to service not only areas of the main Newark campus, but also to be able to travel to spots in southern Delaware.

“Another push for this ice cream truck is so that we can get ice cream down to the Georgetown campus and the Lewes campus in southern Delaware,” said Melinda Litvinas, manager of the UDairy Creamery. “We really wanted something for the State Fair, and that will help with other events, as well, and will allow us to simplify our process and bring more flavors.”

Litvinas added that the creamery’s goal is to have an ice cream truck by summer 2013.

An estimated 300 people showed up for the carnival and enjoyed all of the various activities taking place, from ice cream tasting to dizzy bat races to Merrily the Clown making balloon animals.

There was also an ice cream eating contest that took place at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. The last contest featured Homecoming court candidates, Blue Hen athletes and Newark Mayor Vance Funk.

Student groups that helped out with the carnival included Alpha Gamma Rho, Sigma Alpha and the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).

Litvinas said that the creamery may have more fundraisers in the future but that since officials are hoping to have the ice cream truck ready to go by next summer, they are now pursuing private donations in order to supplement the cost.

For more information about the ice cream truck project, email Litvinas or call her at 302-831-2486.

Article by Adam Thomas

Photos by Danielle Quigley

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UD’s popular Farmers Market to be held Thursdays at Mentors’ Circle

June 13, 2012 under Events

The University of Delaware’s popular Farmers Market returns for its third season at Mentors’ Circle, with market days scheduled Thursdays from June 14 through Sept. 13.

The market will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sponsored by UD Dining Services, this year’s Farmers Market will feature baked goods and fresh produce from 21 local farms, including Butler, Millbridge, Country Fresh, Six L’s, Heath Farms and Vessey Orchards.

Along with fresh fruits and vegetables, the Farmers Market will offer a Chef’s Table and sampling of freshly made salads, salsas and various other dishes that can easily be prepared at home with the items available at the market. The Chef’s Table will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

To top it all off, UDairy Creamery will be joining the Farmers Market each week with a variety of ice cream flavors for sale.

Accepted forms of payment are points, flex and cash.

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UDairy Creamery announces holiday promotions, hours

December 8, 2011 under CANR News

Community members are invited to enjoy the holiday season with some sweet treats from the University of Delaware’s UDairy Creamery.

The creamery, located adjacent to Townsend Hall, has announced the following limited-time, winter holiday flavors:

  • Peppermint bark, a white chocolate ice cream with crushed candy canes and chocolate chunks.
  • Eggnog ice cream.
  • Gingerbread, featuring gingerbread ice cream with crushed gingersnap cookies.
  • Peppermint hot chocolate, featuring peppermint chocolate ice cream with Andes mints.

These and other year-round flavors are available in pints, half-gallons and 2.5-gallon bulk containers. Perfect for parties, the 2.5-gallon containers serve approximately 75-80 single scoops.

The creamery is currently offering 10 percent off of holiday ice cream preorders of $50 or more.  Visit the UDairy Creamery website for the holiday pre-order form. Thermal bags and dry ice are for sale in case you need to travel with your ice cream.

Need a gift for that Blue Hen on your list?  The UDairy Creamery has gift certificates available in $5 increments, in addition to creamery merchandise such as T-shirts, thermal mugs, hats, plush cows and thermal totes.

The creamery will be closed from 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Jan. 2, and will re-open at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3.

UDairy Creamery products will be available at every UD men’s and women’s home basketball game, even when the storefront is closed.

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All Nighter wins UDairy Creamery contest

November 14, 2011 under CANR News

The votes are in, and All Nighter has been chosen as the winning ice cream flavor in the UDairy Creamery’s Blue Hen Signature Flavor Contest.

All Nighter — a coffee ice cream with cookie dough chunks, crushed chocolate sandwich cookies and a fudge swirl — was submitted by Kate Maloney, a senior biology major from Middletown, N.J. The winner was announced at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Homecoming tailgate Saturday, Nov. 12, and during the Homecoming football game at Delaware Stadium.

According to Maloney’s entry, “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.”

“During the voting it was obvious that this ice cream flavor was a hit with students,” said Melinda Litvinas, creamery manager. “We wanted to get people excited about the Creamery, since this was our first fall being open. With 300-plus entries submitted for flavor ideas and over 3000 votes submitted to select the winning flavor, we’re thrilled with the response of the UD community.”

Besides the obvious pride of having her ice cream flavor sold at the UDairy Creamery and other locations where UDairy Creamery ice cream is sold, Maloney receives a free UDairy Creamery ice cream cone per week for one year, a $100 UD Barnes and Noble Bookstore gift certificate and a Creamery gift basket.

Runner-up in the contest was Susan Tkachick, a research accountant in UD’s Research Office, for submitting Blue Hen Tracks — a vanilla ice cream with blue-shelled chocolate candy and a peanut butter swirl. Her entry stated, “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!”

Tkachick received a $50 gift card to the UD Bookstore and a Creamery gift basket.

In addition, the Creamery selected a random participant from the entries and voting to receive a Creamery gift basket. Winner is Kevin Archibald, a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The other finalists in the contest were

• Blue Hen Cackle Crackle, submitted by Holly Spier, a senior in business and economics;

• Chicken Feed, submitted by Laura Mascari, a senior in business and economics;

• First State Cobbler, submitted by Anette Karlsson, chairperson and professor of mechanical engineering;

• Freshman 15, submitted by Leigh Ann Tona, a senior in business and economics;

• Robin’s Egg, submitted by Mark Barteau, senior vice provost for research and strategic initiatives; and

• UDe Leche, submitted by Michelle Pusey, a graduate student in arts and sciences.

For UDairy Creamery hours, location, and menu items please visit the Creamery website. Follow the Creamery on Facebook and Twitter for special promotions, events and announcements.

Article by Katy O’Connell

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UDairy Creamery Construction to Start Nov. 1

October 21, 2010 under CANR News

Construction of the UDairy Creamery facility will begin soon. The Creamery will be located between Townsend Hall and the Rust Ice Arena and will serve as both an ice cream processing facility and a storefront for this student-centered enterprise. Site preparation will get underway during the last week in October and actual construction activities will begin on November 1. The anticipated completion date is early spring of 2011.

Please note that during construction the two rows of parking spaces in the Townsend Hall parking lot closest to the Rust Ice Arena will be closed off for use by Nowland Associates, the Creamery building firm.

The UDairy Creamery has been a major CANR initiative for nearly two years. During this time our students, faculty, staff, alumni and many others at UD and in our supporting communities have made major contributions to our efforts to make the Creamery a success. We are very appreciative to all who have helped so far and to those who will support the Creamery in the years to come.

If you would like more information on the Creamery, our Creamery Student Management Team, or even how to order UDairy ice cream, please visit the Creamery website.


Carvel Research and Education Center beats the heat with UDairy Ice Cream

June 30, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

Making a three hour trip just to get ice cream may seem a bit over the top, but after hearing and reading great reviews about the delicious ice cream from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ UDairy Creamery, Barbara Stephens didn’t mind the round trip from Georgetown to Newark to share the best of Townsend’s sweet cuisine with her colleagues. Stephens works at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, home of Sussex County Cooperative Extension and satellite agriculture research campus.

And the Carvel staff, many of whom work outside in the research fields, were very happy she did!

Stephens suggested to Carvel Director Dr. Mark Isaacs that an Ice Cream Social might be a nice alternative to their recent practice of getting together each summer for a staff – family picnic. The change to tradition couldn’t have been timed better, considering the persistent heat wave.

“Barbara’s idea of an ice cream social was excellent!” said Isaacs. “It gave our staff an opportunity to sample the delicious UD ice cream from our college, and provided a much welcomed treat from the heat and humidity.”

All three flavors featured at the ice cream social – chocolate marshmallow, strawberry, and traditional vanilla, were a big hit. Several people tried a three scoop sampler – most took advantage of the wide variety of toppings – but some enjoyed their ice cream in its pure, delicious state.

The creamy, cool delights, made from UD’s 100 Holstein cows, were a welcome respite to those who have been working outside in temperatures nearing 100 degrees in the past week. Thursday, June 24, the day of the social, was the hottest day of the week.

UD alumna Corryn Barnes, currently a science teacher in Harrington, is working her second summer with Extension IPM Specialist Joanne Whalen. Barnes enjoyed the break in her outside duties and for the opportunity to relax.

“This was the perfect day for a nice summer treat,” Barnes said. “It’s very nice to get together with the different departments and meet people you normally don’t get to meet. Are they going to have it again?”

That seemed to be the question on everyone’s mind. The general consensus among the 60 or so in attendance was the hope that the ice cream social would be repeated often during the summer. Some even suggested once a week would be ideal.

“I’ll take that into serious consideration,” Isaacs said, with a wink.

For photos of the ice cream social visit the REC’s Flickr page by clicking here.

Article by Michele Walfred