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A major part of NICRA's Trade Show and Convention is the National Ice Cream Clinic and Best Flavor competitions.

The following members were awarded prizes for making the best ice cream in their particular categories.

ICE CREAM CLINIC 2018 

Each year, members of the National Ice Cream Retailers Association, who make their own ice cream, submit samples of their ice cream to a professor of dairy science, prior to the Annual Convention, to be analyzed and compared to ice cream standards.

This year Dr. Tonya Schoenfuss, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota analyzed samples of vanilla, and chocolate ice cream submitted by members of the association. A total of 26 vanilla samples and 23 chocolate samples were submitted.

The ice cream is scored, according to color, texture, taste, bacterial count, and many other factors. Blue ribbons are awarded to those scoring the highest marks and then red ribbons were issued to the 2nd tier of excellence.

The following winners received their certificates at the Association’s awards banquet in November 2018.

VANILLA ICE CREAM Blue Ribbons:

Over The Top, Des Moines, IA
Daddy O’Brien’s Irish Ice Cream, Sugar Hill, GA

Clementine’s Ice Cream, St louis MO

VANILLA ICE CREAM Red Ribbons:

Over The Top, Des Moines, IA

Bliss Small batch Creamery, University Place WA

Blank Slate Creamery, Ann Arbor MI

The Ice Cream Club, Boynton Beach FL

Enstrom candy’s, Grand Junction CO

Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream, Carey, NC

Capannari’s Ice Cream, Mt Prospect IL

The Ice Cream Café, Gillette WY

JD’s Old-fashioned Frozen Custard, Englewood OH

CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM Blue Ribbons:

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, Madison, WI

The Ice Cream Club, Boynton Beach FL

Enstrom candy’s, Grand Junction CO

Kelly’s Cone Connection, Hamden CT

Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream, Carey, NC

King Cone, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM Red Ribbons:

Ilsleys Ice Cream, Weare NH

Over The Top, Des Moines, IA

Over The Top, Des Moines, IA

Daddy O’Brien’s Irish Ice Cream, Sugar Hill, GA

Blank Slate Creamery, Ann Arbor MI

Almost Heaven Ice Cream, Canton OH

Karen’s Kreamery, Avondale AZ

Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream, Carey, NC

Bonny Brae Ice Cream, Denver CO

Sonny’s Amazing Italian Ice, Los Angeles CA

 

GRAND MASTER ICE CREAM MAKER AWARDS

The Grand Master Ice Cream Maker Award started at the 2012 convention. In order to qualify for this prestigious award, a company must win blue ribbons in the Ice Cream Clinic at three different conventions within a five year period, starting in 2012.

This year, three ice cream makers qualified for this prestigous award.

Christine D'Amico from Over the Top Ice Cream, in Pleasant Hill IA and 

Frank O'Brien from Paddy O'Briens Irish Ice Cream Pub, Sugar Hill GA

Our third receipient was unique in that this is the first time an ice cream maker has won this award a second time. Congratulations to:

The Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company, of Madison WI

    

 

 THE BEST NEW FLAVOR OF 2018

“Country Berries” Ice Cream was named the Best New Flavor at the 2018 National Ice Cream Retailers Association Annual Meeting. The Best New Flavor contest is held each year in conjunction with the Ice Cream Clinic at the annual meeting.

The ice cream was formulated and produced by Homestead Creamery based out of Wirtz,Virginia. The company won the coveted First Place for its new flavor. A total of 41 new flavors were submitted by NICRA member companies.

Each flavor is sampled by convention attendees and a vote is taken by ballot at the meeting. The winner was announced during the annual banquet at the end of the meeting.

Honorable Mentions were given to;

Apple Butter Ginger Snap made by Ilsleys Ice Cream, Weare NH,

Bourbon Toffee Crunch by Karens Kreamery of Avondale AZ, and

Banana Cream Pie made by Queen City Creamery, Cumberland MD

 

THE BEST NEW NON-DAIRY FLAVOR OF 2018

With non-dairy flavors and formulations becoming so popular in the frozen dessert industry, the Best New Flavor competition had a secondary category this year. 

In the Best New Flavor Non-Dairy category, Chocolate Coconut Fudge was named the Best New Flavor Non-Dairy made by Clementine’s Creamery based in St Louis MO.

Honorable Mentions:

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream

Madison WI for Butter Pecan Soy

Half Pint Ice Cream, Hanover PA for Strawberry Daquiri, and

Coffee Almond Fudge made by The Ice Cream Club, Boynton Beach, FL

 

FORREST MOCK PERSON OF THE YEAR - LYNDA UTTERBACK

Lynda Utterback served at the executive director for the NICRA organization from the year 2000 to 2018 and administered the organization for 17 years. 

Lynda came into the executive director role when the Association had a great need for better administration and controls, and her experience with the ice cream industry and publishing the National Dipper became a perfect match.  During Lynda’s time as Exec Dir, the association stabilized structurally and financially and a solid foundation was established to future growth.

As well as serving in an administrative function, Lynda created many lifelong friends while working in the role, which continues today.

This award is as well deserving as it gets for someone who has contributed outstanding and dedicated service to the ice cream and frozen dessert industry, and to the association.

The first Forrest Mock Person of the Year Award went to Forrest Mock, for whom the award was named in 1983. For those of you who don’t know, Forrest was the 28th President of NICRA. He served on the Board of Directors for many years prior to being elected as President. In 1963, Forrest Mock became Executive Director of NICRA. He served in that role until 1980 when he retired. From all accounts, he was a great Executive Director.