Icecream entry sees judges crumble
Sick of icecream after weeks of taste testsIAN ALLEN
Two Marlborough schoolgirls who claimed the top prize at the Science and Technology Fair in Blenheim this week have found out that winning comes at a cost.
Year 10 students Lucy Blakiston and Evie Baxter are sick of icecream after weeks of taste tests as they prepared their apple crumble-flavoured dessert for the competition.
The Marlborough Girls' College students started work on their unique sweet back in July and have been perfecting it ever since.
The painstaking process involved making various recipes of apple crumble, the same again of icecream and lots of sampling.
Their friends were not complaining, though, because they were drafted in for blind tasting sessions.
Evie said the idea was to combine two classic Kiwi desserts to give one extra-special after-dinner meal. Their award-winning product, which bagged the girls a $1000 scholarship and $500 in prizemoney, was also healthier than regular icecream, she said.
"The crumble brought a lot of the sweetness so we could make the icecream with less sugar and more eggs," she said.
The pair said they might try to sell the recipe to Tip Top.
Lucy said winning the Science and Technology Fair, held at Marlborough Lines Stadium on Tuesday and yesterday, was totally unexpected. Especially being up against year 13 students, she said.
"We're just two girls who made some icecream.
"Then everybody started loving it and started giving us awards. We're not complaining."
Lucy was planning a shopping trip to Christchurch with her winnings while Evie was thinking about buying her brother's iPhone off him.
First, though, the girls planned to make a special batch of icecream for their parents.
"My parents have been hitting me up about that," Evie said.
"I better make some for them."
- The Marlborough Express