UD alum writes ice cream cookbook featuring UDairy Creamery

January 29, 2014 under CANR News

UD Alum Lindsay Clendaniel features UDairy Creamery in CookbookMost adventures don’t lead to writing a cookbook – particularly one about ice cream – but that is where University of Delaware alumna Lindsay Clendaniel was headed all along when she started a Scoop Adventures blog in 2009 to chronicle her experiences with unique and interesting flavors and recipes.

The blog ultimately led to a publisher approaching her to write a cookbook on the subject and Clendaniel, a 2003 UD graduate, jumped at the opportunity.

The cookbook, titled Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States, is due out on March 25 and features ice cream recipes from all 50 states as well as 30 of Clendaniel’s own personal recipes. Chapters are divided up regionally, from the “Sugary Southeast” to “The Mountains of Milk and Cream.”

Clendaniel took six months to write the book, in which she found and whipped up 12 to 16 recipes per week. “The book is full of recipes that I would consider pretty unique and creative,” said Clendaniel. “There is nothing wrong with the run of the mill chocolate, vanilla and strawberry when it’s done right, but I like coming up with pretty creative flavors.”

Clendaniel said she sought out contributors, looking for ice cream vendors that used good ingredients and had a good philosophy about ice cream, as well as that creative knack for flavor.

When it came time to pick an ice cream contributor for Delaware, Clendaniel looked no further than her alma mater. “The UDairy Creamery didn’t start until after I graduated but, of course, since I’m so in to ice cream, I was super excited to hear that they were actually starting a creamery on campus. As soon as I got this book opportunity one of the first things I did was contact the University of Delaware.”

For the book, Clendaniel said the UDairy Creamery contributed its recipe for the flavor known as “Junk in the Tree Trunk,” which consists of maple, a caramel swirl, pecan and praline pieces. She noted that she is a big fan of the UDairy Creamery flavors “Holy Fluffernutter!” and “Katie’s Bagged Lunch,” as well.

Not surprisingly, Clendaniel’s adventures opened her eyes to some interesting flavors of ice cream, such as basil. “I heard of restaurants making basil ice cream and it turns out that the anise kind of quality actually does well with the ice cream — and when you pair it with things like lemon and strawberry, it’s really good.”

Clendaniel, who works as a psychologist, said that ice cream and her blog are a special interest of hers and that it is “nice to have an interest that is truly different from my work. Outside of work, I love food, and I love sweet things, so ice cream was just a good thing to find.”

Having dealt with ice cream for so long and tasted so many flavors over the years, it is also no surprise that Clendaniel has trouble picking a favorite.

“I love fresh fruit flavors. I think that making sorbets is one of the best things to do with fresh fruit other than eat it,” she said, adding, “This is always the hardest question. I love chocolate flavors, too — some of the chocolate flavors in the book that I like are chocolate coconut macadamia nut. Those are just kind of playing with chocolate, which is one of my favorite things to do, too.”

Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States is available for pre-order on-line at Barnes and Noble.

Those interested can also check out Clendaniel’s Scoop Adventures Blog.

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USDA deputy secretary visits College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

November 22, 2013 under CANR News

Krysta Harden visits CANRKrysta Harden, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), visited the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Harden met with University officials, distinguished alumni and students, took a tour of the UDairy Creamery and participated in a discussion with students on issues such as the need for Congress to pass a comprehensive food, farm and jobs bill to support a strong U.S. agricultural sector.

Harden, who was raised in Camilla, Ga., and comes from generations of southwest Georgia farmers, said it is important for students to get hands-on experiences and step outside of their comfort zones in order to become well-rounded individuals.

“There’s nothing like testing yourself,” said Harden. “Learning, dealing with challenges yourself is so different from the classroom. It’s good to have that foundation that you really don’t know how you’re going to react until it’s you making the decisions. So I think it’s very important to make sure you have good practical experience.”

Harden said she was impressed with CANR, saying, “It is a wonderful campus. I just felt right at home immediately. Folks are very welcoming and encouraging. There’s a great energy here, a good dynamic with the students. Everybody is smiling — maybe it’s the ice cream, I don’t know, but people are in a good mood here. It’s great.”

She was also impressed with the UDairy Creamery and the creamery’s ice cream truck, the Moo Mobile, which came to UD’s campus through a partnership with CANR and the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. “I love the Moo Mobile,” Harden said. “I think that was a great idea, and I love the marketing. I love how it ties the business school and (CANR). It’s a great opportunity.”

Harden said these types of interdisciplinary collaborations are important to universities, especially to students studying agriculture.

“That’s one thing about agriculture and all aspects of the food chain, from production through marketing of products, you have to know about business,” Harden said. “Having the two disciplines together at these early stages is great.”

She added that it is beneficial to have students learning about management and marketing issues, as well as financial planning and budgeting.

Of the flavors she tried at the UDairy Creamery, Harden singled out the sweet potato pie, saying she had never had that flavor before.

Before leaving, Harden said that she had a great time visiting UD and the CANR campus. “It was wonderful to be here. I’m very excited about the future of all the students I’ve met. I think you have something good going on here. I really do.”

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University’s UDairy Creamery is a ‘cow to cone’ operation

June 18, 2013 under CANR News

The 100-plus Holstein dairy cows at the University of Delaware’s Newark Farm perform a very important function – they provide hands-on experiences and research opportunities for undergrad and grad students. Research options run the gamut, as the dairy nutrition research program is closely linked with studies on silage and forage production.

But some would argue that these Holsteins serve an even greater good – supplying the first and most important ingredient in UDairy Creamery ice cream.

UDairy Creamery cow to coneEstablished in 2008, the UDairy Creamery produces premium ice cream in flavors such as “All Nighter” (coffee ice cream with cookie dough chunks, crushed chocolate sandwich cookies and a fudge swirl) and “Blue Hen Tracks” (vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cups, chocolate swirls and sprinkles).

“UD’s dairy cows provide the milk needed for 3,000 gallons of ice cream base each month,” says creamery manager Melinda Litvinas.

The process of getting that milk starts at 4:30 a.m. each morning, when first milking begins. It takes three hours to milk the cows and pump the milk into a cooling tank chilled to 38 degrees. Second milking starts at 3:30 p.m. and runs until 6:30 p.m. By the end of each day, the UD Dairy has produced 8,000 pounds of milk, according to dairy manager Richard Morris.

The portion of milk that’s earmarked for the creamery is delivered to Cumberland Dairy, in Bridgeton, N.J., where it’s homogenized and pasteurized, then made into ice cream base. The rest of the milk is picked up every two days by Hy-Point Dairy, which homogenizes and pasteurizes it for use in UD dining halls, as well as some New Castle County public school cafeterias. The remaining milk is sold to a dairy cooperative.

Although Cumberland makes the creamery’s ice cream base, the actual ice cream is made on site at UD by student employees, one small batch at a time. All those small batches add up. During peak season, the creamery produces almost eight tons of ice cream each week.

On a recent morning, Liz Abraham, an employee who just graduated from UD, was saying her teary-eyed goodbyes to Litvinas as rising sophomore Jason Morris made up a batch of “Delaware River Mud Pie.”

Morris has been working at the creamery since high school but he’s been around UD’s dairy cows all his life – he’s Richard Morris’ son. “When I was little, I lived on a house on the UD Farm,” he says. “I’m majoring in agribusiness now, and I’m learning a lot at the creamery.”

As he deftly mixes crushed cookies and fudge into vanilla ice cream, without so much as a splotch of chocolate splattering his apron, it’s clear that Morris has picked up the ins and outs of ice cream making.

“When I first started working here, I would be covered in fudge or caramel or marshmallow fluff after making a batch,” he says.

But he and the other student employees are learning more than just how to stay neat while working with humongous vats of fudge. Litvinas hires three interns each academic year to work as student managers. Together these managers and their 30 student employees develop and implement the creamery’s business plans.

They arrange for the sale of UDairy ice cream in bulk and at campus events. They order chocolate sandwich cookies and all the other mix-in ingredients, oversee special events, think up contests and other promotions. And best of all, experiment to come up with new ice cream flavors.

“The students have a lot of freedom to craft new ice cream flavors and test them out,” says Litvinas.

Currently, the most popular flavor is “Delaware River Mud Pie,” which features vanilla and chocolate cookie ice cream with fudge swirls. The No. 2 flavor is “1923,” a special flavor commemorating UD’s 90 years of study abroad. “1923” starts with French vanilla (France was the first destination for UD study abroad), complemented by bittersweet chocolate chunks and salted caramel swirls.

Creamery ice cream is sold by the scoop or carton at the storefront location on South College Avenue, as well as by the pint at the UD Barnes and Noble Bookstore and the Marriott Courtyard hotel on campus. And now it is available from an ice cream truck that will periodically visit UD’s Lewes and Georgetown campuses, as well as special events, including the Delaware State Fair.

Or, you could get your ice cream fix by going back to school. A rotating selection of creamery flavors is available in UD’s dining halls. Each week during the school year, students on the meal plan gobble up more than 1,000 pounds of ice cream.

The UDairy Creamery is located on the campus of UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 535 S. College Ave. in Newark. Summer hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekends. For more information, see the website.

Article by Margo McDonough

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Five finalists selected in Alumni Weekend ice cream flavor contest

May 17, 2013 under CANR News

Finalists chosen for alumni weekend ice cream contestThe five finalists have been chosen for the University of Delaware Alumni Weekend’s Dela-bration ice cream flavor contest and now the campus community can vote online to decide which is the cream of the crop. Votes can be cast at this website.

Out of 76 entries received by UDairy Creamery and the Office of Alumni Relations, the five finalist flavors were selected because they represent the spirit of the University.

The winning flavor will be revealed by President Patrick Harker during the Lunch with the UD Mascots event to be held Saturday, June 1, on The Green during Alumni Weekend.

The winner will receive free admission with a guest to the weekend’s activities.

The finalists are:

Finalist No. 1: Vanilla ice cream, cake pieces, sprinkles and frosting swirl. Submitted by student Nicole Place.

Finalist No. 2: Lemon ice cream made with fresh lemons and fresh blueberry swirl. Submitted by student Andrea DeMaio.

Finalist No. 3: Sweet cream ice cream, pie crust pieces, strawberry, raspberry and blueberry pieces. Submitted by student Diane Wuest.

Finalist No. 4: Vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips, almonds, chocolate covered pretzels, dark chocolate fudge. Submitted by Gretchen Wolfe, of UD’s Class of 2001.

Finalist No. 5: Vanilla ice cream, pretzel pieces, chocolate covered Chex mix, salted caramel swirl and peanut butter chips. Submitted by student Loren Belforti.

UD Alumni Weekend

Held the first weekend after Commencement each year, Alumni Weekend is a tradition that is growing in popularity and in size.  More than 3,900 Blue Hens and friends attended in 2012, participating in activities such as the Mug Night Dela-bration, the Blue Hen 5K, President Patrick Harker’s State of the University address and the Alumni Wall of Fame Ceremony. For more information, see the Alumni Weekend website.

UDairy Creamery

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


Alumni Weekend UDairy ice cream flavor contest announced

March 19, 2013 under CANR News

UDairy Creamery to hold alumni weekend ice cream flavor contestThe University of Delaware’s UDairy Creamery is coming out with a new ice cream flavor in honor of Alumni Weekend and members of the campus community get to decide what it will be.

All UD alumni, employees and students can submit ideas for flavors and ingredients they think should make up “Dela-bration,” the official ice cream of Alumni Weekend.

Participants can submit ideas online or pick up an entry form at the UDairy Creamery, located off of South College Avenue near Townsend Hall, just north of the Fred Rust Ice Arena.

Entrants can decide what ingredients and flavors they think the new ice cream should include — chocolate or vanilla, candy or cookies, fruit or fudge. They are encouraged to get creative and enter for a chance to win free access for them and a guest to all Alumni Weekend activities from May 31-June 2.

The new flavor will be announced by UD President Patrick Harker at the Alumni Weekend lunch with the YoUDee mascots on June 1 on The Green.

In addition to free access to Alumni Weekend activities, the creator of the winning flavor will also receive a UDairy Creamery prize pack and an invitation to join the president on stage during the unveiling.

The new flavor will be available to taste and purchase during Alumni Weekend’s UDairy Creamery tours, scheduled Saturday, June 1, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Registration for the tours will be available in early April at just $5 per person.

UD Alumni Weekend

Held the first weekend after Commencement each year, Alumni Weekend is a tradition that is growing in popularity and in size.

More than 3,900 Blue Hens and friends attended in 2012, participating in activities such as Mug Night, the Blue Hen 5K, President Harker’s State of the University address and the Alumni Wall of Fame ceremony.

UDairy Creamery

The UDairy Creamery, established in 2008, produces premium ice cream made with the milk from the cows on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources farm.

Founded on science, sustainability and entrepreneurship, the creamery encourages discovery learning, with UD students involved in every aspect of making and selling ice cream “from the cow to the cone.”


UDairy Creamery launches ‘1923’ ice cream as study abroad tribute

February 18, 2013 under CANR News

This year marks the 90th anniversary of study abroad programs at the University of Delaware, and the UDairy Creamery has partnered with UD’s Institute for Global Studies to celebrate in a special way — unveiling a new ice cream flavor in honor of the milestone.

The new flavor is named “1923” in honor of the year that study abroad began at UD.  Slated to be released at the UDairy Creamery storefront on Monday, Feb. 18, the new “1923” flavor is a specially made French vanilla flavored ice cream with bittersweet chocolate chunks and a salted caramel swirl.

UDairy Creamery unveils new flavorFor the creation of the new flavor, the study abroad team consulted with the creamery staff. “We didn’t want to choose a flavor that identified too much with a specific location or region of the world,” says Lisa Chieffo, associate director of study abroad, noting that they and the creamery also wanted to offer a flavor that would have broad appeal.

Chieffo says she is proud of the new flavor and of this great milestone for the University. “The fact that UD was the first U.S. institution to have a study abroad program, and that we continue to be a national leader today, is testament to the institution’s long-term commitment to internationalization. Thus far, well over 25,000 students have participated in UD study abroad programs, and we’re still going strong. The University community can be proud of this great legacy.”

The program can be credited to University President Walter S. Hullihen. When approached by professor Raymond Kirkbride in 1921 to send students to France, Hullihen recognized the value of the concept and lobbied for its implementation. It took two years before the first study abroad took place, but in July 1923, eight students sailed to France for their junior year. The program not only proved a success, but also had great influence on the students.

Following that first program, study abroad grew in popularity, expanding to other locations around Europe. Students from universities across the country participated in the programs, spending their junior year abroad with the University of Delaware.

Today UD consistently ranks among the top U.S. research institutions in the percentage of its undergraduates who study abroad. With more than 70 study abroad programs held annually, the University currently sends students to six of the seven continents, providing them with a rigorous and adventurous learning experience.

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University’s UDairy Creamery dishes out winter delights

January 10, 2013 under CANR News

Although ice cream may not be the first thing on everyone’s mind throughout these cold winter months, things do not slow down at the University of Delaware’s UDairy Creamery, where fresh ice cream is made daily.

Of the limited-edition flavors that were released for the holiday season, some are still being offered. Among them are amaretto cookie, peppermint hot chocolate and the best-selling holiday flavor, peppermint bark.

This year, too, the creamery is developing winter flavors – something it has never done before.

UDairy Creamery ice creamAccording to Melinda Litvinas, UDairy Creamery manager, they are working to create new flavors that will be released this month, some of which will remind us of warmer days. Although most of the soon-to-be-released flavors are still under wraps, one promised delight is coconut.

Another premier event for the creamery is the development of a new, intriguing flavor to be created in honor of the 90th anniversary of UD’s study abroad programs. Details are being kept quiet until the flavor has been finalized.

For those looking to keep warm, UDairy Creamery also offers a nice variety of hot drinks. While the specialty is homemade hot chocolate with homemade whipped cream, the creamery also provides tea, various flavors of coffee and cappuccino.

The creamery is hoping to attract visitors during this season’s sporting events, and is serving at all men’s and women’s home basketball games. The Fred Rust Ice Arena is also providing free UDairy Creamery ice cream during Family Fun Weekends being held Jan. 26 and Feb. 17.

Winter hours

The winter hours are very agreeable to the season with the UDairy Creamery open until 7 p.m. every night, and opening at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 11 a.m. on weekends.

For those who have a craving for delicious ice cream, but find the creamery – located off South College Avenue near UD’s Townsend Hall — a little out of the way, limited flavors of ice cream are sold at the University of Delaware’s Barnes and Noble Bookstore and at Marriott’s Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware.

The ice cream continues to be sold in all the markets on campus, including Rodney, Harrington and the POD on the Laird Campus.

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Blue Hens CAN: Unified campus food drive to benefit Food Bank of Delaware

November 1, 2012 under CANR News

The University of Delaware and the Food Bank of Delaware will launch a weeklong campus-wide food drive called Blue Hens CAN from Monday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 16, to benefit those state residents who are straining to afford food.

Blue Hens CAN, a joint venture of the College of Health Sciences (CHS), the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and the Food Bank of Delaware, will feature a UD food collection bus parked at a different campus location each day of the week to accept items donated by the campus community.

The bus will be parked at the following locations on the following days:

  • Monday, Nov. 12: Mentor’s Circle, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13: Laird Campus, between Smith and Independence halls, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14: Mentor’s Circle, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15: South Campus, next to the UDairy Creamery, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 16: Mentor’s Circle, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

University President Patrick Harker and Patricia Beebe, Food Bank of Delaware president and CEO, will be on hand to kick off the event during a ceremony at Mentor’s Circle on Monday, Nov. 12, at 9 a.m.

Said Harker of the event, “I know this active, engaged campus community — a community that lives the principle of service every day — can come together to help end hunger in Delaware. I’m thrilled that we’re partnering with the Food Bank of Delaware — such a vital organization to so many families — and I’m excited to see the outcome of our efforts.”

“The support we have received from the University of Delaware community has been outstanding,” said Beebe. “We are looking forward to a coordinated food drive amongst all members of the University in order to collect more food for Delawareans struggling to put meals on the table. We hope the excitement surrounding Blue Hens CAN will bring in not only food, but enthusiasm for helping to alleviate hunger in the First State.”

There will be a raffle with prizes for individuals who donate items, with individuals who donate an item receiving a raffle ticket with a chance to win.

Prizes include:

  • UDairy Creamery ice cream gift basket;
  • $100 iTunes gift card from UD’s Apple Authorized Campus Store;
  • Wool blanket, made from wool of UD sheep, a $100 value; and
  • Ninety T-shirts donated by University Student Centers for the first 30 participants who come to each location. (For Mentor’s Circle, the shirts will only be handed out on Monday).

A separate competition for groups who enter items collectively will also be held. Groups are asked to submit their items together and label them clearly using the group’s full name and not abbreviations. The items will then be taken and weighed at the Food Bank of Delaware.

The group that donates the most food will win a free ice cream social from the UDairy Creamery ice cream team.

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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.

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Food Bank of Delaware, UD to celebrate harvest with Evening in the Garden

July 12, 2012 under CANR News

The Food Bank of Delaware and University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) will celebrate the bounty of the Garden for the Community with the fourth annual Evening in the Garden event on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 6-8 p.m.

The evening will feature wine and beer tastings from local wineries and breweries.

In addition, the evening’s menu includes garden-fresh foods straight from the Garden for the Community. The Food Bank of Delaware’s culinary team will serve roasted vegetable salad, Asian coleslaw, potato and goat cheese salad, Caesar salad with shrimp, salmon with tomatillo sauce, chicken chimichurri with onion rings and assorted desserts. The UDairy Creamery will also serve ice cream.

“We’re proud of our collaboration with the University of Delaware,” said Patricia Beebe, Food Bank of Delaware president and CEO. “Last year’s event sold out with more than 200 attendees. Guests toured the garden, tasted local wines and beers and enjoyed a garden-fresh menu. We hope to sell out again this year. One-hundred percent of proceeds from this event help us to provide emergency food to Delawareans who are struggling to put meals on the table.”

“The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is very happy to continue our wonderful partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware,” said Tom Sims, CANR deputy dean. “The Garden for the Community has been a rewarding experience for our students, faculty, and many in the local community who help produce literally tons of fresh vegetables for the Food Bank each year. In 2012, we’ll expand our partnership University-wide as we work with the College of Health Sciences to lead the first unified food drive for UD this fall, collecting food for the Thanksgiving holiday.”

Tickets for the Evening in the Garden event are $40 per person or $15 per student (must show student ID). The price includes dinner, wine, beer and entertainment.

Ticket prices increase by $10 on Aug. 2.

To purchase tickets, contact Kim Kostes at 302-444-8074 or via email at kkostes@fbd.org.

Online registration is also available at the Food Bank of Delaware website.

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