Sunday, August 3, 2008
The State Fair Saga: NCSU Ice Cream
While my current school has some short comings... *cough football cough* I can firmly say that their food science department is one of the top ten on the East Coast, if not in the nation. Our facility is awesome and we have the greatest professors. In addition to having an awesome fruit and vegetable lab (read: totally wicked tricked out kitchen), there is a meat processing pilot plant and a dairy on the premises. This is where the take the milk that the animal science's cow's produce and turn it into creamy goodness.
There are several different flavors of ice cream available for purchase at The Fair including the traditional chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, while also including some truly delicious flavors, such as pecan crunch, cookies and cream, cheesecake etc., etc. This past year they increased the total fat content in the milk (which means more cream, less milk) which in turn increased the amount of fat soluble flavors in the the ice cream and making the consistency more creamy. Both good improvements in my opinion, even if that means that it has a few extra calories. :)
The NC State ice cream booth is manned by students in the food science club on campus. The students aren't paid directly. Instead, they're earning points toward a monetary refund at the end of the year. This refund can be put towards any kind of school related expense, like for example my upcoming trip to Anaheim next year. Hopefully I'll be at the fair every day scooping for some amount of time (my hands and wrists are going to kill me, but if it means a free trip to California I'll do it!!) which is a dream come true for a true Fair Fan. We, the students, do a good job of giving you your money's worth ($4 for a cup or cone) and you get service with a smile. :)
So, if you're going to come to The Fair this year, I implore you to stop by the NC State Dairy Bar and get some ice cream! I know you won't be disappointed.