Several fun and fruity flavors of ice cream — either newly introduced or yet to be released — captured the attention of judges at the International Dairy Foods Association's (IDFA) annual Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Competition. The competition, co-sponsored by Dairy Foods magazine, was held during IDFA’s 2018 Ice Cream Technology Conference, which took place April 10-11 in Fort Myers, Fla. The annual competition showcases the creativity of U.S. ice cream makers and flavorings suppliers and captures upcoming flavor trends in the ice cream and frozen dessert industry, IDFA noted.
“Fruit was the name of the game in this year’s contest, and contestants showed off their expert ability to pair fresh tropical fruits with almost anything, including spices, vegetables and decadent deserts,” said Cary Frye, IDFA’s senior vice president of regulatory affairs. “Ice creams featuring cookie doughs and butters, as well as salty nuts, were also highly favored flavors in this year’s lineup.”