Students’ frozen dessert idea gets the Babcock test

Visitors to Babcock Hall’s Sensory Evaluation Lab had a rare opportunity earlier this month: a chance to taste a student-designed frozen dessert before it’s judged by food product development experts at the 2012 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) conference in Nevada in late June.

The treat, called “Mickey’s Peanut Butter Jamsicles,” was developed and refined over the course of the school year by a team of students in the UW Food Science Club with the goal of winning the Disney—IFT Student Association Product Development Competition at the IFT conference. The taste-test gave them consumer feedback that could help them cinch the top prize. Photos of the event are available on the Department of Food Science’s Facebook Page.

But they’ll have some stiff—albeit friendly—competition, as well as some company. Another UW team will be competing in the Disney-themed competition with Pit-Stop, a smoothie beverage. A third UW team will be at the conference to compete in the IFTSA & Mars Product Development Competition finals with a product they call Cranberry POPlers, a sweet potato pretzel pouch with cranberry filling.

Members of the Cranberry POPler team: Tim Grady, Madeline Levin, Molly Smejkal, Sarah Hermes, James Waksmonski, Bee Chiun, Hui Yeoh and Joe Smith.

Members of the Peanut Butter Jamsicles team: Kristen Doster, Luke Krause, Claire Kushner, Katie Sorg and Esther Sussman

Members of the Pit-Stop team: Brigette Depies, Katie Jones, Alexandra Kuechel, Tess Tierney