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Karlos Tuazon, Da Vinci Science Educator, prepares to freeze the ice cream ingredients for Ivan Garcia, of ATAS International, at the Da Vinci Science Center Ice Cream Wars. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Karlos Tuazon, Da Vinci Science Educator, prepares to freeze the ice cream ingredients for Ivan Garcia, of ATAS International, at the Da Vinci Science Center Ice Cream Wars. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Sara Reichard, Da Vinci Science Educator, pours on the cold for Kevin Orlicki of UGI. Gloves and eye protection are necessary due to the extreme cold of liquid nitrogen Copyright - Lou Wheeland Sara Reichard, Da Vinci Science Educator, pours on the cold for Kevin Orlicki of UGI. Gloves and eye protection are necessary due to the extreme cold of liquid nitrogen Copyright - Lou Wheeland
press photo courtesy DA VINCIThe B104 radio station team won for the second year with its creation — “Dirt Ice Cream.” Copyright - Lou Wheeland press photo courtesy DA VINCIThe B104 radio station team won for the second year with its creation — “Dirt Ice Cream.” Copyright - Lou Wheeland
South Whitehall’s Jackson, 8; Samantha, 7; and Charlie Bus, 3; were very happy with their ice cream from ATAS International. Kevin Klersy and Joann Hersh handed out the goodies.PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND Copyright - Lou Wheeland South Whitehall’s Jackson, 8; Samantha, 7; and Charlie Bus, 3; were very happy with their ice cream from ATAS International. Kevin Klersy and Joann Hersh handed out the goodies.PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND Copyright - Lou Wheeland
PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDSarina Neiswender and mom Michelle show a platter of Weidenhammer’s “Boogie Bomb” ice cream. Copyright - Lou Wheeland PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDSarina Neiswender and mom Michelle show a platter of Weidenhammer’s “Boogie Bomb” ice cream. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
B. Braun was in the vampire business handing out “Vampire Cookie” ice cream. Enjoying it are Cedar Crest College students Bri Hill and Julianna Marotta. Sherri Palopoli of B. Braun, was the server as vampires Katya Sevillano and Yolanda Gonzalez lurked in the background just waiting to strike! Copyright - Lou Wheeland B. Braun was in the vampire business handing out “Vampire Cookie” ice cream. Enjoying it are Cedar Crest College students Bri Hill and Julianna Marotta. Sherri Palopoli of B. Braun, was the server as vampires Katya Sevillano and Yolanda Gonzalez lurked in the background just waiting to strike! Copyright - Lou Wheeland
PPL Corporation brought its “Candy Cone Carnival” to Ice Cream Wars. Janice Osborne, Jackie Nohr, Tony Pearson, Melinda and Destiny Stumpf, Kathleen Oswalt and Lori Nerdlinger were the crew. Copyright - Lou Wheeland PPL Corporation brought its “Candy Cone Carnival” to Ice Cream Wars. Janice Osborne, Jackie Nohr, Tony Pearson, Melinda and Destiny Stumpf, Kathleen Oswalt and Lori Nerdlinger were the crew. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Mazal, 9, and Esther, 7, Perez, of Breinigsville, had a good time tasting ice cream at the competition. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Mazal, 9, and Esther, 7, Perez, of Breinigsville, had a good time tasting ice cream at the competition. Copyright - Lou Wheeland

A sweet win for B104

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

Radio station team wins Ice Cream Wars for second year

The Da Vinci Science Center, Allentown, hosted its 11th Ice Cream Wars competition on Jan. 5.

Nine local businesses — ATAS International, B. Braun, radio station B104, Cedar Crest College, PPL, St. Luke’s University Hospital, UGI, WFMZ Channel 69 and Weidenhammer entered the contest this year.

B104 won for the second year in a row with its creation of “Dirt Ice Cream.”

The recipe included whole milk, chocolate milk, heavy cream, instant pudding mix, sugar, vanilla, Oreos and gummy worms.

The B104 team, led by Mike and Steph from Mike and Steph in the Morning, tallied the most votes from a Science Center crowd of more than 1,800 visitors.

Second place went to the UGI team for its “Chocolate PB Pretzel,” which included milk, cream, sugar, marshmallow fluff, peanut butter pretzels and mini chocolate chips.

Ice Cream Wars taste-testing competitors work for months to perfect flavors, create costumes and select themes.

“With all the themed costumes and creative flavors, you could really tell 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.”

According to information provided by Da Vinci, 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.

The Foodie Fan Panel presented a number of additional awards, including:

Unique and Cheesy: ATAS International;

Sweetest Transfusion of Flavor: B. Braun;

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;

Best in Crunch: UGI;

Best Sunrise Dessert: WFMZ Channel 69 News; and

Most Explosive: Weidenhammer.