Ice Cream Wars

Ice Cream Wars is the Da Vinci Science Center’s signature science event and is held on the first or second Saturday of January.


About Ice Cream Wars

  • Ice Cream Wars pits teams from regional and global companies in a playful competition for culinary supremacy. Teams devise fresh batches of creative ice cream flavors and produce their treats instantly for visitors using liquid nitrogen from Air Products.
  • Visitors taste the flavors and vote for the Ice Cream Wars Champion.
  • Teams begin working months in advance to create themes, decorate their stations, dress colorfully, and encourage employees and fans to visit and vote. The passion and spirit shown by the teams creates an electric atmosphere inside the Da Vinci Science Center throughout the day.
  • The wintry date for Ice Cream Wars adds to the event’s unique feel, and the competition is a tasty chemistry lesson for kids. The liquid nitrogen at negative 321 degrees Fahrenheit acts as a flash-freezing agent that evaporates when mixed with flavorful ingredients and creates a creamy ice cream that is ready to eat in about five minutes.

Ice Cream Wars 9.0

  • Ice Cream Wars 9.0 will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017

Ice Cream Wars Champions

  • 8.0 (2016): B. Braun
  • 7.0 (2015): ATAS International
  • 6.0 (2014): 401! Creative
See More
  • 5.0 (2013): PPL Corporation
  • 4.0 (2012): 401! Creative
  • 3.0 (2011): Daddy and the Three Js, Da Vinci Science Center
  • 2.0 (2010): Bean Town Brats, Da Vinci Science Center
  • 1.0 (2009): Vanilla Ice, Da Vinci Science Center

Ice Cream Wars Championship Recipes

  • 8.0 (2016): Salted Sea Caramel – Sea salt, caramel, crushed caramel candies
  • 7.0 (2015): Leonardo da Minty – Brownies, mint M&M candies, mint chocolate flavoring
  • 6.0 (2014): Four-Oh-Waffle – Mini chocolate chips, bite-sized waffles, maple syrup, strawberries
See More
  • 5.0 (2013): Coal Cookie Crunch – Vanilla, Oreo cookies, chocolate syrup, marshmallow cream
  • 4.0 (2012): Strawberry Cookie Crunch – Vanilla, fresh strawberries, red food coloring, Oreo cookies
  • 3.0 (2011): Rainbow Ripple – Oreo cookies, food coloring, and caramel (contest mystery ingredient)
  • 2.0 (2010): Oreo Cheesecake – Oreo cookies, strawberry cheesecake
  • 1.0 (2010): Cool Vanilla – Vanilla extract


Contact @DSC: Dennis Zehner, 484.664.1002, Ext. 112

Ice Cream Wars 8.0 Teams


P: 484.664.1002
D: 3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass, Allentown, PA 18103
H: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.
Get Directions