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|PDP - Flavor Faceoff|
|Written by PD staff|
|Thursday, 18 April 2013 12:28|
It’s hard to believe this is our fourth year for the annual Flavor Faceoff! We’re expecting this year’s competition, sponsored by DCC Waterbeds, to be better than ever.
Never heard of Flavor Faceoff?
It all began in the summer of 2010 when Progressive Dairyman staff members decided it might be fun to have readers vote for which flavor of ice cream they liked best during June Dairy Month. Soon ensued eight adults holding cardboard masks in front of their faces and explaining why they should win the 2010 Flavor Faceoff.
Those eight participants competed in four match-ups, then were whittled down to two match-ups to determine a final winner. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, represented by our webmaster Ray Merritt, came out on top.
The following year, we reached out to dairy bloggers and invited them to participate. We began with eight match-ups with a total of 16 participants. The competition was fierce, and more than 700 votes were received throughout the four rounds. Vanilla Bean, represented by Leontien VandeLaar in Indiana, was the 2011 champion.
Last year in 2012, we held a regional competition during June Dairy Month, where seven participants in the East Coast, five in the Midwest, four in the Northwest and four in the Southwest vied to be their region’s winner.
Those four regional winners – Sunnyside Farms’ Moose Tracks, represented by Susan Vander Schaaf, California (Southwest); Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe’s Huckleberry, represented by Dale Moore, Washington (Northwest); Sassy Cow Creamery’s Birthday Cake, represented by Casey Hushon, Wisconsin (Midwest); and Chaney’s Dairy Barn Wow Now Brownie Cow, represented by Carl Chaney, Kentucky (East Coast) – competed for the national title during July Ice Cream Month.
More than 1,300 votes were cast during the eight weeks of competition.
Ultimately, Moore and Huckleberry came out on top and received the coveted photo shoot and collage poster prize.
Voting takes place online. Links will be posted in this section on June 3, and you’ll have the entire month of June to promote your flavor through your blog, Proud to Dairy profile, Facebook account or page, YouTube videos, Pinterest boards and Twitter feeds. Each region will have a winner, and the regional winners will be announced July 1.
In the event of a tie, both winners from a region will compete in the final round. During July Ice Cream Month, the winners will compete for Flavor Faceoff Champion. The ultimate winner will be announced July 12.
Prizes for voters
Not interested in participating? Don’t forget to vote! We’ll award a weekly voter prize of a Progressive Dairyman or Proud to Dairy hat. Just be sure to submit your name and email address each time you vote.
We’ll also award a $100 grand prize gift card to one lucky voter after the voting concludes. PD