Banana pudding, lemon poppy pound cake and Greek yogurt with strawberries and granola were judged to be the most innovative ice cream flavors at the International Dairy Foods Assn.'s Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Contest. The competition was part of IDFA’s annual Ice Cream Technology Conference April 8-9.
Honors for the most innovative ice cream flavor went to Southern Banana Pudding, entered by Publix Super Markets. Lemon Poppy Pound Cake ice cream from flavor company SensoryEffects won most innovative prototype flavor. Wells Enterprises Inc., the maker of Blue Bunny ice cream, won the most innovative novelty with Greek Strawberry with Granola, a Greek frozen yogurt bar with a strawberry swirl and granola coating.
In addition to the contest, attendees heard presentations on how to harness the popularity of protein in ice cream and frozen desserts, new freezing technology and changes in federal regulations.