CLIVE, Iowa – It is the middle of July, and most people like a sweet way to beat the heat. WHO Radio’s Van and Bonnie came up with the idea to make something which most people in Iowa love: homemade hand-cranked ice cream. Van and Bonnie staged a “crank off” for several people from across Iowa to come and pit their ice cream recipe against others. Contestants cranked the ice cream in the first part of the radio broadcast, and then a panel of judges sampled the flavors.
Flavor ideas included: Earl Grey Tea, Strawberry-Jalepeno , Triple Fruit, and Peanut Butter & Jelly. The winner was Black Raspberry & Dark Chocolate, by Rex & Verlee Raasch of Waukee. They won prizes, including a stay at the Hotel Wildwood, where the competition was held.
Verlee Raasch said the recipe came from the Hoyt Mountain Recipe book, their ice cream maker is a Hoyt Mountain brand. “We had eaten one like this when we lived in Ohio,” said Verlee. “We picked the raspberries on the edge of our property.”
Though the Raasch’s finished first, they said it was fun to try all the other recipes. “It’s fun to get out and see all the people and try all the unique flavors that are being presented here,” said Rex. His other favorite was the Triple Fruit, which was bananna, lemon, and orange.
The judging was led by WHO’s Van Hardin and Bonnie Lucas. “It was kind of hard, so we had to go back two or three times,” said Hardin. The judging panel had such a difficult time picking a winner. The close second was Peanut Butter and Jelly, by Carson Hoffman of Grimes. He learned from his dad about making the frozen treat.
After the judging was completed, samples of all the contestants were available for tasting by the public. Mike Villa of Altoona gave a thumbs up to the Chocolate Coconut. “I didn’t think I’d like something with coconut in it, but it’s quite good,” said Villa.