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Cornell Dairy Is a Sweet Sensation

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Whether it be Triple Play Chocolate, Bavarian Raspberry Fudge, or Mint Chocolate Chip, Cornell Dairy ice cream has been melting the hearts of many in the Cornell community for decades.

The latest batch of aspiring undergraduate food scientists got to try their hands at creating new flavors as part of a final project in the popular Science and Technology of Foods course (FDSC 1101). The hazelnut-infused Nuts About Chocolate faced cold competition from Coffee Toffee Cheesecake, Pumpkin SpIce Cream, and the nondairy Tropical Apple Cider Coco(not!) frozen dessert, but came out ahead in a taste test and marketing battle judged by Dean Kathryn Boor ’80, Food Science chair Dennis Miller, PhD ’78, and Cornell Dining executive chef Steve Miller.

The sweet lessons were extended to high school students in Jacksonville, Florida, as part of an effort spearheaded by Steve Andon, who sits on the Cornell Institute of Food Science Advisory Council, in partnership with the City Kidz business program. Together, they taught students not only how to churn out and serve ice cream based on their own recipes, but to develop products for potential supermarket sales.

Andon, director of Baltimore-based TIC Gums, also hopes to ensure the continued success of Cornell’s world-renowned food science program by contributing to the reconstruction of its home, Stocking Hall. He was among the first to make a large contribution to the capital campaign, and his generosity will be recognized with a classroom naming.

Construction has begun at the site and will continue in several phases over the next four years. Stocking Hall, which dates to 1923, will be outfitted with new labs, a teaching winery, modern classrooms, networked meeting spaces, and an observational balcony above the Dairy Plant, where visitors will be able to watch Cornell ice cream, milk, pudding, and yogurt move through production, from processing to pasteurization to packaging.

In the meantime, Cornell Dairy has been busy getting the campus excited about milk as part of a novel campaign in conjunction with Cornell Dining. University President David Skorton was the first Cornell celebrity to appear on promotional posters donning a milk mustache as part of the Got Milk? effort. A new familiar face from CALS will be featured each month, and people are invited to share their guesses and suggestions for upcoming mystery guests at a special Facebook page.