Yummy to yuk – kids have it licked

Central Leader - - News - By Lucy Vick­ers

Eleven lucky stu­dents got an en­vi­able job – time off from class to taste test dif­fer­ent flavours of ice­cream.

The Three Kings School stu­dents were judges in the kids’ choice sec­tion of the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards.

Held at Massey Uni­ver­sity in Al­bany, they got to try 11 dif­fer­ent types of ice­cream, in­clud­ing co­conut ice flavoured with pink and white marsh­mal­lows, hon­ey­comb and chocolate and or­ange ice­cream with jaf­fas.

The stu­dents rated the flavours on a scale from “re­ally yummy” to “re­ally yuk”, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion ap­pear­ance, taste, tex­ture and their over­all im­pres­sion.

Michaela Casey liked the milk chocolate with real chocolate rip­ple and chunks of fudge brownie but didn’t like the hon­ey­comb. An­drea Windle­burn reck­oned she had eaten five big bowls full.

Dana Ye-Lee says she en­joyed her­self be­cause she “got to miss school­work to eat ice­cream”.

The stu­dents were given spe­cial ice­cream-dec­o­rated spoons as a prize.

The New Zealand Ice Cream Awards, in their 13th year, com­prise 12 cat­e­gories.

There were 220 en­tries, in­clud­ing ge­lato and sor­bet.

Each en­try starts with a per­fect score of 100 and points are de­ducted for de­fects in ap­pear­ance, body and tex­ture, flavour and melt­ing.

Gold, sil­ver and best in cat­e­gory are awarded as well as a supreme award for most out­stand­ing ice­cream across all cat­e­gories.

Re­sults will be an­nounced on May 28 at a din­ner in Palmer­ston North.

Photo: BEN WAT­SON

Taste test: Dara Shap­kova, 9, has a try of one of 11 con­tenders for the kids’ choice ice­cream award.

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