And the Winner is…..”Pure Michigan Double Berry Pie Ice Cream”
The contest is finished, the thousands of suggestions considered, and the newest flavor addition to the Pure Michigan and Hudsonville Ice Cream family will be Pure Michigan Double Berry Pie Ice Cream.
The winning flavor features vanilla ice cream and swirls of blueberries and strawberries surrounded by real pie crust pieces. The flavor was submitted by Linda Ann Stewart of Taylor, Michigan who drew her inspiration from Michigan lighthouses. Stewart described the flavor as “rays of blueberry and strawberry,” with the pie crust pieces representing golden sand around the state’s lighthouses.
“We love partnering with Pure Michigan and this year’s flavor competition has been no exception,” said Caryn Beatty of Hudsonville Ice Cream. “We received an overwhelming number of Michigan inspired ideas that highlighted Michiganders’ great pride for their state. Linda Ann’s combination of fresh produce was a unique entry that wonderfully embodies the taste of Pure Michigan.”
In addition to winning a two night stay at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, a year’s supply of Hudsonville ice cream and Pure Michigan merchandise, Stewart and her family were invited to throw out the first pitch prior to last Thursday nights game between the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox.
More than 7,000 flavor suggestions were submitted during the course of the two weeks to determine the next great Pure Michigan ice cream flavor. Other flavors submitted included Michigan Chardonnay Cherry Fudge, Pure Maple Syrup Sundae and Pictured Rocks Swirl. Pure Michigan Double Berry Pie was chosen as the winning flavor by Hudsonville based on its inclusion of Michigan produce and unique flavor combination.
Pure Michigan Double Berry Pie will be available as a limited edition flavor in grocery stores beginning in October, 2013.