The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) together with the Animal Agriculture Alliance today released the results of their joint Ice Cream Recipe contest that celebrated National Ice Cream Month.
The winning recipe, "Piled High Strawberry, Banana Ice Cream Pie," was submitted by a 20-year veteran fitness instructor and mother of three, Marisa Raponi, of Ontario, Canada.
"I have loved strawberry, chocolate and banana ice cream, it is so delicious," said Raponi. "It wasn"t a huge stretch to be able to pull this great combination of flavors together. I hope the flavors brought a smile to all of the judges" faces."
The contest, which continued the celebration kicked off during National Ice Cream Month in July, required entrants to submit an original recipe using store-bought or homemade ice cream in a new, creative way. Most entrants heard about the contest through social media and many were already avid food bloggers.
Other top entries included "Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Pudding Parfaits," which was submitted by 33-year old Carmell Childs of Ferron, Utah, and "Bread Pudding Ice Cream Sandwiches," submitted by Jessica Atkinson. The youngest entrant was Keatley Michael from Columbia, South Carolina, who received an honorable mention for her "Stuffed Cupcakes."
"The recipes we received for this contest were creative, made great use of the signature ingredient—ice cream—and most importantly, were delicious," said Peggy Armstrong, vice president of communications for the International Dairy Foods Association. "There was no better way to continue our celebration of National Ice Cream Month than to hear how consumers are using ice cream in delicious ways at home."
"We were happy to sponsor this contest with IDFA to help promote great-tasting dairy products and new recipes for using them," said Emily Meredith, director of communications for the Animal Agriculture Alliance.
All the winners will receive coupons for various ice cream products, and Ms. Raponi will receive a $250.00 Visa gift card. Recipes will be featured online on the International Dairy Foods Association website and on the Animal Agriculture Alliance Pinterest and Facebook accounts.