The largest single-day paid visitor audience in Da Vinci Science Center history made the Center’s Ice Cream Wars 5.0 contest sweeter than ever Saturday while PPL Corporation captured its championship.
A total of 1,013 paid visitors came to the Da Vinci Science Center on a day in which eight companies battled for liquid nitrogen ice cream supremacy. Visitors sampled each team’s creative recipe and voted for their favorites. Nearly 700 votes were cast, with Just Born taking second place and defending champion 401! Creative taking third place. Teams from ATAS International, Inc.; LSI Corporation; The Morning Call Media Group; St. Luke’s University Health Network; and WFMZ 69 News earned Honorable Mention Awards.
Ice Cream Wars is the Da Vinci Science Center’s wintry celebration of liquid nitrogen ice cream. Teams mix their ice cream flavor ingredients with milk and sugar before adding liquid nitrogen as a freezing agent. While liquid nitrogen stands at negative 320 degrees Fahrenheit, it evaporates quickly when mixed with the ice cream ingredients. The smooth, creamy ice cream is safe to eat in approximately five minutes. Each team represents a Da Vinci Science Center partner company and includes a mentor from the Center’s staff.
PPL Team Kilowatt’s recipe – titled Coal Cookie Crunch – blended the contest’s base vanilla flavor with a variety of crushed Oreo cookies, chocolate syrup, and marshmallow cream.
Saturday’s attendance marks the first time the Center drew more than 1,000 paid visitors in a single day.
Ice Cream Wars 5.0 Judges’ Awards – given to recognize team spirit, sportsmanship, and camaraderie – were as follows:
Ice Cream Wars 5.0 was made possible with support from AirGas, A1 Restaurant and Janitorial Supply of Allentown, Pa., Walmart, Wagner Trophies and Awards of Allentown, Pa., and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt of Allentown, Pa. Da Vinci Science Center Spokesparents Liz Keptner and Scott Babashak hosted Ice Cream Wars 5.0.
Ice Cream Wars premiered in Jan. 2009 as an adaptation of the finale of its popular SuperCoolness visitor shows. Its original purpose was to help fill a second winter holiday weekend of visitor activities. Its popularity exceeded all expectations, encouraging the Center to hold the contest annually and on a non-holiday weekend.
The first contests featured teams of Da Vinci Science Center staff members. Teams from partner companies were added to the mix to increase excitement. More corporate partners became interested in competing, and the all-corporate team format was adopted for Ice Cream Wars 4.0 in 2012, giving Da Vinci Science Center partners an opportunity to enjoy the type of experiences they help bring to life each day.