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Team from 401! Creative Captures Ice Cream Wars 4.0 Championship

The team from 401! Creative took top honors in the Da Vinci Science Center’s Ice Cream Wars 4.0 competition Saturday, becoming the first partner company to be crowned champion of the sub-zero culinary contest.

Ice Cream Wars is the Da Vinci Science Center’s popular wintry celebration of liquid nitrogen ice cream. 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. Teams mixed creative ice cream flavors before adding liquid nitrogen as a freezing agent. More than 400 people visited the Center during Ice Cream Wars 4.0, and 317 votes were cast.

The team from 401! Creative earned the most votes with its recipe, Strawberry Cookie Crunch. LSI Corporation finished second with its recipe, Super Chocolate Pretzel. WFMZ 69 News placed third with Beach Party Float. Rounding out the field were The Morning Call with Peppermint Stick Swirl and PPL Corporation with Chocolate Heat.

The Da Vinci Science Center adopted a new competition format in which all Ice Cream Wars 4.0 teams represented companies in eastern Pennsylvania who have partnered with the nonprofit organization. Each team was assigned a mentor from the Center’s staff. While companies have been participating in Ice Cream Wars since the event’s second year, all of the previous three contests were won handily by Da Vinci Science Center teams.

Hosted by Da Vinci Science Center CEO Troy A. Thrash, Ice Cream Wars 4.0 also introduced a single tasting and voting round along with Judge’s Awards to highlight creativity and spirit. The judging panel featured previous Ice Cream Wars hosts Jaccii Farris of WFMZ 69 News and Bill White of The Morning Call Media Group along with Da Vinci Science Center Spokesparents Liz Keptner and Scott Babashak and their daughter, Sophie Babashak.

Ice Cream Wars 4.0 Judges’ Awards were as follows:

Best Cheering Section Award: 401! Creative
Best Costumes Award: LSI Corporation
Most Creative Recipe Award: WFMZ 69 News
Most Scientific Recipe Award: PPL Corporation

Ice Cream Wars 4.0 was supported by Airgas, Inc.; A1 Restaurant and Janitorial Supply of Allentown, Pa.; Wagner Trophies and Awards of Allentown, Pa.; and Walmart.

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