B104 has won the Da Vinci Science Center’s Ice Cream Wars for the second year in a row. Led by Mike and Steph from Mike and Steph in the Morning, B104’s Dirt Ice Cream recipe tallied the most votes from a Science Center crowd of more than 1,800 visitors.
Now in its 11th year, Ice Cream Wars is the ultimate ice cream taste-testing competition in which Lehigh Valley businesses create their own original ice cream flavors and compete for the championship.
Teams from nine companies went all out this year with work beginning months in advance to perfect their flavors, create costumes, and select themes for their team.
“With all the themed costumes and creative flavors, you could really tell that the teams were putting everything out there,” said Ian Beard, executive chef at the Holiday Inn Conference Center Lehigh Valley who served on the Foodie Fan Panel. “There was so much energy, and you could almost taste the passion and emotion in the recipes.”
The event also serves as a sweet chemistry lesson for visitors as Science Center educators work with teams throughout the day to freeze their ice cream using liquid nitrogen. When mixed with room-temperature ingredients, liquid nitrogen evaporates quickly and produces a smooth, creamy ice cream treat that is safe to eat in minutes.
B104’s winning recipe was made from whole milk, chocolate milk, heavy cream, instant pudding mix, sugar, vanilla, Oreo, and gummy worms. The team from UGI came in second place with their recipe Chocolate PB Pretzel, which contained milk, cream, sugar, marshmallow fluff, peanut butter pretzels, and mini chocolate chips.
The Foodie Fan Panel presented a number of additional awards, including:
“Unique and Cheesy” – ATAS International
“Sweetest Transfusion of Flavor” – BBraun
“Creamiest Classic” – B104
“Most Yummy Use of College Chemistry” – Cedar Crest College
“Tastiest Show on Earth” – PPL
“Most Enchanting” – St. Luke’s University Health Network
We're just one month away from the deadline to apply for our Hall of Fame Awards. Five high school students with a passion for science will be awarded $2,000 scholarships. Three educators who inspire enthusiasm for science will be awarded a free classroom program or field trip for their students, valued up to $1,000. To apply for the awards or nominate an educator, visit davincisciencecenter.org.
Ice Cream Wars is only one week away! We can't wait to taste all of the unique flavors that each team creates! Join us on Saturday, Jan. 4 and vote for your favorite. Who will become the Ice Cream Wars 12 champion? Learn more at bit.ly/2EJo98Y.
Christmas may be winding down, but the fun is only beginning at Da Vinci Science Center! We have BubbleMania! shows every day from Dec. 26-Dec. 31. Don't miss your chance to see how the ordinary soap bubble can become something EXTRAORDINARY! More information on show times and tickets available at bit.ly/2raDJXH.
Do you know a high school student who is uncommonly creative and passionate about science? How about a teacher who can inspire enthusiasm for science with innovative approaches? Da Vinci Science Center is looking for applications for the Hall of Fame Awards, where students are awarded $2,000 scholarships and educators receive high-quality classroom programs or a field trip for their students, valued up to $1,000. Applications are due by Jan. 27. For more information, visit davincisciencecenter.org.
Ice Cream Wars 12 is right around the corner! On Saturday, Jan. 4, come taste 9 different ice cream flavors made using liquid nitrogen! Vote for your favorite and help us crown the Ice Cream Wars 12 champion! Will B104 hold their title for the third year in a row? We can't wait to find out! bit.ly/2EJo98Y
A few of our STEAM Team Traveling Science Educators had a blast last week when they brought one of our Science Celebrations, STEAM Fest, to the Boys & Girls Club of Easton. You can learn more about our Traveling Science programs at www.davincisciencecenter.org/traveling-science/.
Have you seen BubbleMania! yet? If not, good news! Casey Carle, professional bubbleologist, will be here all weekend long! We're even open EARLY on Sunday (10:30 a.m.) to bring you even more show times! Don't miss your chance to witness how the ordinary soap bubble can turn into something extraordinary! Learn more at bit.ly/2raDJXH.
With more than 100 types of arthritis out there, finding the best treatment can be tricky. Dr. Matthew Brown will provide a good overview on how to prevent, treat, and manage arthritis during Senior Science Monday this Monday, Dec. 9 from 1-2 p.m. Senior Science Mondays are presented by St. Luke's University Health Network. Learn more at bit.ly/2J1D5l6.
Jane and her grandkids are sure glad it does. “If the Da Vinci Science Center didn’t exist, the kids wouldn’t have these opportunities to gain greater knowledge of science. Every parent wants to give their children the opportunity to achieve at their highest levels. By experiencing science at this level, kids are more encouraged, excited, and interested in STEAM fields.”
Join Jane and her family in supporting the Da Vinci Science Center tomorrow at 8 a.m. $10 can bring science to life for one under-served student. With Facebook’s #GivingTuesday match, $10 becomes $20 and one under-served student becomes two!