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New Flavor Created by Kid Taste Testers Debuts at Heyn's

Strawberry ice cream, fudge, cone dip, and sprinkles. If this combination sounds good to you, you're in luck.

This week, four young people put their heads together and came up with a chocolate-strawberry ice cream flavor made of these ingredients that's now available at Heyn's Ice Cream in Iowa City. Keira Jones, Chuxiao Guo, Nina Meng, and Sydney Walker developed the flavor during a camp through the University of Iowa Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship.

Today, campers tasted samples of the winning flavor at Hillel House.

Nina said her group had trouble agreeing on a flavor at first, but they all liked the idea of a mix inspired by chocolate-covered strawberries.

She said she learned a lot about teamwork through the experience.

"Sometimes when you don't get what you want, you can still win," she said.

Lead camp instructor Diane Fickel said students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade participated in the camp and invented ice cream flavors in small groups with a goal of creating a winning flavor that Heyn's Ice Cream would create and sell.

She said staff narrowed the pool of ice cream flavor possibilities to three and that Heyn's selected the winning flavor. The runners up were S'mores and a flavor called Chocolate Melt.

Fickel said staff aimed to teach campers creativity, innovation, and the basics of running a business. She said the kids were excited about making ice cream.

"This is a big deal to them," she said.

Dawn Bowlus, director of the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship, said camp staff have offered the ice-cream making activity since 1996 and that she's tasted hits and misses over the years.

She said one flavor called Monster Mash, from a 2005 camp, still is on the menu at Heyn's, 811 S. First Ave., and that it has become legendary among campers who often seek to "out-scoop" their predecessors.

Campers this year also worked on developing products, such as purses made from recycled T-shirts and candles in Mason jars, that they will sell Friday during a camp activity.

Chuxiao, an 11-year-old in the group with the winning flavor, said he and his teammates were inspired by the popularity of chocolate-covered strawberries and that sprinkles are a key ingredient popular among kids and adults.

He said he expected the finished product to taste a little different than it did, and that he learned about trial and error through the process.

"Now I know how hard designing an ice cream flavor is," he said.


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