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New Ice Cream Flavor

Spring 2024 semester was a titillating adventure for the Food Science Club. They are proud to announce that they were working on a new ice cream flavor, the Honey Badger. This flavor encompasses the sweetness of honey-flavored ice cream with the crunchy graham cracker crumbles and chocolate chips.

According to Elizabeth Binversie, a Food Science senior and outreach director for the Food Science Club, the students wanted to make a fun reference to UW-Madison’s mascot. The club came up with a few flavor options but ultimately chose to go with the Honey Badger.

The Honey Badger is considered a Super Premium ice cream, which means it uses a vegetable-based stabilizer and has a higher milk fat than the average flavor. The club found some creative ways to use back-stocked ingredients, including the graham cracker crunch and chocolate chips, to help reduce food waste and improve sustainability efforts within the Babcock Dairy Store.

The Dairy Plant produced around 300 gallons of Honey Badger to be sold at the Dairy Store and other outlets around campus.

“Being able to develop a custom flavor at the Babcock Dairy Store was incredibly special to me,” Binversie said. “When I first visited UW-Madison, I remember learning about the on-campus ice cream process and many iconic flavors – now being a part of it is a full circle moment for me that I am very proud of.”

The Food Science Club, open to all who are interested in the science of food, connects students to the food industry and allows them to network within the field. The club works with the Dairy Store every year to produce on “feature” ice cream flavor, providing students with hands-on, professional experience.

“This creative process used many facets of food science, combining flavor chemistry, engineering, product development and marketability,” Binversie stated. “This was a great professional experience.”