State of Great Taste Ice Cream Making Event with Private Selection- Vote for Your Favorite!


A couple of weeks ago I had the unique opportunity to travel to Traverse City, Michigan to celebrate the launch of Private Selection’s new limited edition Michigan Cherry Cobbler Ice Cream. To kick off the celebration, the brand hosted 10 food bloggers from around the country at the beautiful Grand Traverse Resort, to come and learn more about the brand, tour beautiful cherry orchards, and to create our very own ice cream flavors!  

Private Selection is a brand that believes in finding and sourcing the best local ingredients for their products.  Hence our visit to cherry capital, Traverse City, where they source the cherries for their Michigan Cherry Cobbler Ice Cream.  The individual ice cream flavors we were asked to create were to represent the regions we live in, using our region’s best local ingredients as well! 


the group from left to right (doing what we do best) Trish (Once a Month Mom), me (Sweet Treats & More), Kelley (Mountain Mama Cooks), Christy (Southern Plate), Heather (Heather’s Dish), Sara (Our Best Bites), Tessa (Handle the Heat), Colleen (Pretty Prudent), Nicole (Baking Bites), and Kate (Our Best Bites)

So each of us created state-inspired ice cream flavors that we hope the nation will love.  Because  YOU GET TO  VOTE for your favorite!  The winning flavor will hit the shelves as  a Private Selection Limited Edition ice cream flavor sometime next year.  Cool or what? 

I was only in Traverse City for a little over 24 hours, but it was an amazing 24 hours.  Here’s a look at what we did…

Ice cream making started bright and early at the Great Lakes Culinary Institute.   


We worked in a professional kitchen , with our own little work station,  and every single ingredient we needed.


To represent northern Utah I created a Raspberry Honey Scone ice cream– inspired by Northern Utah’s Bear Lake raspberries, the Beehive State’s local honey, and the culturally popular food- deep fried scones.  


I dusted my scones with a touch of cinnamon, tore it up into chunks and folded it into a vanilla ice cream base.  Then swirled in a fresh raspberry puree and drizzles of honey.  

psrasphoneysconeHopefully, I did my state proud:) 


My friend Kelley was there representing southern Utah.  Her Mexican Hot Chocolate ice cream was amazing (I won’t be mad if you vote for it!).  We both came with two different ice cream flavors ideas and they ended up being pretty similar.  So I went with the vanilla, she went with the chocolate.  It was fun to represent the state of Utah together. 


I was among talented women who created such unique and fun ice cream flavors.  Be sure to check out all of the other flavors on Private Selection’s Facebook Page and vote for your favorite! Voting is open for eight weeks and you can vote once a day.  You’ll even get a coupon for voting!

 I’ll be sharing our evening in the cherry orchards in another post so stay tuned! And big thanks to Private Selection for this great experience!


  1. Heather July 24, 2013

    Your ice cream was SO good! I’m totally craving all of our creations right now… 😉

  2. Jamielyn@iheartnaptime July 24, 2013

    What a fun opportunity! That raspberry ice cream looks amazing!!

  3. Des @ Life's Ambrosia July 24, 2013

    How fun! And serious, honey scone ice cream?! ALL OVER IT.

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  5. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life July 28, 2013

    Oh what a fun trip and I love the sound of your fun ice cream. Now my mind is wandering trying to think what I would create if I had to do that for my state :-)


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