Good luck to 18 CALS food science students who will be packing for a trip to Las Vegas this week. They’ll be including some tasty items in their luggage: Samples of a fruit smoothie, PB&J popsicle and cranberry-filled pretzel snack they painstakingly developed over this past academic year. Three UW teams will be competing in the final rounds of the nation’s most popular collegiate food product development contests, held during the Institute for Food Technologists annual meeting, June 25-28.
Two of the UW teams will face off in a contest co-sponsored by Disney that focuses on creating healthy snacks for kids. One will compete with Peanut Butter Jamsicles, a popsicle version of the classic PB&J sandwich. The other team created Pit Stop, a Cars movie-themed smoothie that kids can shake up themselves, mixing a purple layer of fruit and vegetable juices with a white layer of Greek yogurt.
The third Badger team will compete in a different contest with a microwavable snack called Cranberry POPlers, made of sweet potato-enriched soft pretzels stuffed with cranberry filling.