Ice Cream Wars

Ice Cream Wars is a playful flavor competition in which recipes created by Lehigh Valley area companies are turned into delicious samples in a matter of minutes with the use of liquid nitrogen at negative 321 degrees Fahrenheit. Visitors taste the flavors and vote for the Ice Cream Wars Champion.

Ice Cream Wars is held on the first or second Saturday in January, and its liquid nitrogen is supplied annually by Air Products. 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. The liquid nitrogen 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 10

  • Date: Jan. 6, 2018

Ice Cream Wars Champions

  • 10 (2018): B104
  • 9.0 (2017): Air Products
  • 8.0 (2016): B. Braun
  • 7.0 (2015): ATAS International
  • 6.0 (2014): 401! Creative
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  • 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

  • 10 (2018): Frozen Hot Chocolate: Whole milk, chocolate milk, heavy cream, unsweetened cocoa, sugar, vanilla, chocolate sprinkles, whipped cream, mini marshmallows
  • 9.0 (2017): Chocolate Dusted Banana – Half and half, heavy cream, sugar, banana, dark chocolate, vanilla, egg, hot fudge
  • 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
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  • 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

Ice Cream Wars 10 Teams


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