Release Date: 5/23/2018
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BCPS student helps create award-winning ice cream

TOWSON, MD. – Trey Wooten, a senior at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts and a culinary arts student at Sollers Point Technical High School, was on the three-person team that created the winning ice cream at this year’s TIC Gums Ice Cream University.

Wooten and his teammates, students from Fallston and Bel Air high schools, created Farmer’s Flight, a mixed berry, green tea ice cream with honey crunches. The special flavor will be produced by the students and sold in the coming weeks at Broom’s Bloom Dairy located in Harford County.

Each year, TIC Gums invites high school students interested in science, culinary arts, and marketing to participate in Ice Cream University, which is modeled after Cornell University’s Food Science 101 course. This year, 16 students participated. TIC Gums sponsored each student’s $500 program fee and provided home ice cream makers upon program completion.

Tim Andon, business development manager at TIC Gums and Cornell alumnus, led the five week course. “Year-over-year, this program has meant so much to TIC Gums and our mission to educate the public about food science. We want to make kids excited about the food industry and inspire them to ask more questions and discover a potentially unknown passion," said Andon.

The program featured three areas of focus. The first weeks of study were dedicated to scientific principles, such as emulsions, overrun calculation, ice crystal formation, and statistical know-how for tracking and maintaining quality. The attention then turned to flavor selection and inclusions, like nuts, chocolate, or fruit. Finally, the students shifted focus to finalizing the product packaging and marketing. During the last session, students presented their flavor and branding to the judges.

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