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ACA 'Lick Hunger' Ice Cream Flavors Sold Locally

As spring approached, the students at the Academy of Culinary Arts started thinking about their favorite warm-weather treat—ice cream. Nine students competed in the first Lick Hunger Ice Cream Challenge, creating 11 original flavors in two categories on March 5. The winner in the adult flavor category was Lemon Meringue Pie by Randi Wallace of Cherry Hill. The winning children’s flavor was Where’s the Beach, a concoction of Creamsicle swirl, salt water taffy bits and orange jelly candies created by Nancy West of Frenchtown.

The winning Lick Hunger flavors are being sold this spring at Lindy Hops Ice Cream locations in South Jersey, including 401 Pitney Road, Galloway; 900 12th St., Hammonton; and 88 Hartford Road, Delran. Net proceeds from the sale of these flavors will go to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey—Southern Branch.

Nancy West dishes up her winning flavor, Where’s the Beach

Nancy West dishes up her winning flavor, “Where’s the Beach.”

Students were encouraged to create exotic and unique flavors and had more than a month to perfect their creations. The partnership with Lindy Hops allowed students to apply what they learned in the classroom to a real-world challenge. Other flavors included Hot Apple Pie, Wasabi Pignoli, Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Bodacious Blueberry.

“This was a great learning experience for the students. They had to conduct research and development to create their final products and factor in marketability of the flavors,” said Kelly McClay, dean of the Academy.

“The whole process was fantastic. I have excitement with ice cream, and to see that reflected in the students and the judges was great,” said Linda L’Erario, owner of Lindy Hops.

Judges for the event included: Evelyn Benton ’89 ACA, director, Community FoodBank of New Jersey—Southern Branch; Ed Jones of Lindy Hops Ice Cream; L’Erario of Lindy Hops Ice Cream; Deborah Pellegrino ’91 ACA, executive pastry chef, Harrah’s/Showboat; Geoffrey Pettifer, director of college marketing, ACCC; and Dan Skeldon, meteorologist, NBC 40.

“We were thrilled to be considered the beneficiary of this event,” Benton said. “Ice cream is an indulgence for most of us, and some people don’t have the benefit of that luxury. So we’re grateful this event will provide support for those people.”

To learn more about the Lick Hunger Ice Cream Challenge, visit