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Local students create top-notch ice cream flavors


Johnson and Wales University student Deanna Ashcraft is in the culinary, not the pastry, program at the prestigious institution.  That's to say, baking and creating frozen desserts isn't her specialty.

"I had to do a lot of research on my own before I started making ice cream," Ashcraft said.

Still she wanted to participate in this second annual contest with Front Porch Ice Cream which is made in Mooresville, NC.

The brand has a line of southern-inspired flavors and the students were tasked to come up with a new flavor to go into production.

Ashcraft's flavor is based on a southern staple.  Her "Burst of Ambrosia" is a coconut base with orange flavoring and pecans and marshmallows.

Fellow J&W student Chelsea Gough created a coffee ice cream base with salted pecans, brownie chunks and a caramel swirl. 

Madison Cullman concocted a sweet potato base with nutmeg and cinnamon with a swirl of maple syrup and toasted pecans and mini marshmallows.

The three are among the ten finalists who will compete on April 26th.  They get a cash award and their ice cream flavor goes into production to appear on grocery store shelves across the South, in 14 states total.

Mike Werran is the production manager for Mooresville Ice Cream which has been in business since 1924 and now makes the Front Porch brand.

"It's a real opportunity for these students to get experience making something that has to be replicated on a mass production level.  They get really creative with the ideas and we love to see that," Werran said.

As soon as we know who wins the competition, we will pass along that information to you.

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