Official state park ice cream flavor announced

Recently selected by a panel of ice cream experts as the official Pure Michigan ice cream flavor of Michigan state parks is Pure Michigan Caramel Apple.
Feb 24, 2012


For submitting the winning flavor combination, Dawn Dummer of Houghton Lake earned free Hudsonville ice cream for a year, a one-week stay in a Michigan state park or harbor of her choice, a $1,000 Meijer gift card, and Pure Michigan merchandise.

“I’ve never entered a contest before other than bingo, but I had to do this one,” Dummer said. “It’s about Michigan and I love Michigan — it’s my home state and I’m proud of it.”

Judging took place at a Meijer store in Livonia on Feb. 21. Selected by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to judge the ice cream nominations were Lexi Loehfelm, 11, of Ada; Noah Ekdom, 12, of Roscommon; Jimmy McGrath, 15, of Carleton; and Meijer Corporate Research Chef Ray Sierengowski.

The DNR joined with Hudsonville Ice Cream and Pure Michigan to launch the “Create a Flavor” contest in January. More than 3,000 flavor suggestions were submitted, ranging from Tahquamenon Falls Root Beer Sundae to Hex Hatch Jubilee.

The entries were narrowed down to a field of four finalists: Michigan Chocolate Covered Cherries, submitted by Heather Klaver of Grand Rapids; Pure Michigan Jubilee, submitted by Gary Kesler of Grandville; Shiver MI Timbers, submitted by Carla Reczek of Oak Park; and Dummer’s winning Pure Michigan Caramel Apple.

Hudsonville Director of Sales and Marketing Bruce Kratt said the “Create a Flavor” contest marked the start of a campaign that will run throughout the summer with a statewide RV ice cream tour to help promote Recreation 101, the DNR’s outreach/education program at state parks. Meijer will serve as the official retail partner in this campaign, set to begin in early May.



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