U of G creates ice cream to show Lotsa Local Love for United Way

Proceeds from the sale of Lotsa Local Love Ice Cream will go to United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin

Coming soon from the University of Guelph: ice cream to benefit United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin.

Lotsa Local Love is exactly what the name suggests, a frozen dairy treat made mostly from local produce. The Honey Bee Research Center donated honey to sweeten the vanilla spice cream base, and U of G’s Creelman Bake Shop provided crispy snickerdoodle cookies.

The idea came to Patricia Tersigni about a month ago.

The United Way campaign manager said they had previously worked with U of G on ice cream to sell to school classes, and thought the ice cream could be a way to raise money for United Way.

“It was really a whim, to be honest with you,” she said. “And also, ice cream is fun, and it’s one of the things that U of G is known for, and it’s collaborative.

“There are lots of ways to get involved, and then there are also these opportunities that involve local product, which really drew people into the idea.”

It was developed at the Guelph Food Innovation Center (GFIC), on the U of G campus.

“We went through two or three rounds of prototypes before arriving at the final formula,” said Alessia Roma, project manager for the GFIC.

The end product is a “beautiful fall flavor,” according to Mike von Massow, U of G faculty co-chair with United Way.

Dosing was done on Thursday and packing took place on Friday, with the help of a number of volunteers.

Nick Repin, a food technologist, set up the machines to turn what was a rather runny substance in a silver tub – which gave off a rich cinnamon smell – into what looked like soft serve ice cream coming out of the pipes.

Once that was done, the snickerdoodles – which were chopped up last week – were added in a separate compartment and tossed into the ice cream, just before filling the pints.

Then the pints were placed in a -30C freezer, where they will freeze over the weekend.

Starting next week, the pints will be available for sale for $12 each on Shopify. Details are still being finalized on pickup locations.

This is a limited time offer, with only 1,000 pints made.

Approximately $8 of every $12 will go to United Way. There will also be an option to give more when purchasing.

“We’ve explored putting it in some local stores, but it’s just a question of whether we’re going to have enough to make it work,” von Massow said.

“A few places have said they’re interested and willing to take it, but it’s just a question of whether it’s going to fade too quickly.”

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