ISU Creamery's ice cream flavors pay homage to colleges

The ISU Creamery announced this week the eight winners of its ice cream flavors summer contest. In late May, students, faculty, staff and alumni were asked to describe and name a flavor unique to each of Iowa State's eight colleges, including the Graduate College. Winners were selected by a college's dean or assistant dean with some staff assistance. The competition received 52 entries judged on name, college representation, flavor appeal, description and feasibility of its ingredients and production process.

After a 51-year hiatus, the ISU Creamery opens Aug. 13 on the second floor of the Food Sciences Building with several of its traditional flavors: Two Swans, Cardinal Tracks, Wintersgreen, 1858, Legacy and Campanile Kiss.

These new college flavors will be available in November:

Graduate College: Alma Mater Baklava

A pistachio-praline ice cream with bits of pistachios and granola, submitted by alumnus Kris E. Spence, who earned master’s and doctoral degrees in food science and technology. The flavor was inspired by the "Bells of Iowa State" anthem. The nut and granola 'baklava' is intended to represent the rich diversity in the Graduate College. 

College of Design: Lunar Lavender

Lavender-flavored ice cream with honey swirls, created by Daniel Vandersteen and Aaron Born. The industrial design students created the ice cream to satisfy late-night cravings of Design students working in the studio. The honey will be sourced from the ISU Bee Lab.

Ivy College of Business: Business Brew

Espresso and vanilla ice cream with chocolate-covered almonds and fudge swirls, submitted by Business students Justin Brtek, Rohan Brahmarouthu, Andrew Simon, Daniel Burke and Ani Yam. The team said it had several sources of inspiration: the Gerdin Business Building, Business Cafe, the Ivys' "never settle" mindset and Dean David Spalding's "Donuts with the Dean" events.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Lemon Berry bLASt

Lemon frozen yogurt (full-fat froyo) with raspberry swirls and bits of raspberries, created by 2017 graduates Kristen (Turnquist) Fox and Shelby (Ullrich) Zomermaand. The duo challenged the status quo in proposing a sweet twist on the sour ISU tradition of lemon drops (which no longer exists). Tradition said that women became true Iowa Staters by kissing someone under the campanile at midnight. If a young woman hadn't "campaniled" by the time she reached her senior year, people put lemon drops on her doorstep to signify that she was sour. This flavor signifies that all members of the ISU community are considered true Iowa Staters.

College of Engineering: Marston Mash

Sea salt caramel ice cream with brownie bits and fudge swirls was created by Engineering alumni Ezra Iliff, Luke Lawson and Connor Kennedy. The flavor honors former dean (1904-32) Anson Marston, who supervised work on two campus landmarks, the campanile construction and Lake LaVerne restoration. It also represents the collaboration between all Engineering majors to make a project successful.

College of Veterinary Medicine: White Chocolate Squirrel

White chocolate ice cream with swirls of hazelnut spread and hazelnut pieces, submitted by Kipp Van Dyke and staff colleagues in the dean of students office. This entry honors one of Iowa State's campus creatures, the elusive leucistic squirrel.

College of Human Sciences: Human Sci Sweet Cherry Pie

This sweet corn custard features swirls of cherry pie filling and pieces of pie crust. It was created by Human Sciences alumni Amy Matthies, Deb Nilles and Samantha Nilles, representing two generations of a family that made cherry pies in the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom during their years on campus. The flavor represents the traditions of the college while highlighting the adventurous spirit of its students and alumni.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Pasture Bedtime

Mocha custard with chocolate chips and caramel swirls, created by 2018 food science graduates Evan McCoy, Timothy Lott and Mikaela Galdonik. The winners noted that, as students, they especially needed coffee when preparing for the CALS career fair. This flavor also portrays the richness of Iowa soil and the diversity of the CALS community.

(This same team won a signature ice cream contest in 2017 with its entry, Legacy, now featured in the ISU Creamery. Legacy is a scotcheroo-inspired ice cream and honors two ISU alumni, Mildred Day, who created Rice Krispies Treats; and George Washington Carver, who is famous for peanut research.)