by Joni Astrup
Jennifer Folkens and her Land of 10,000 Licks have won a Kemps ice cream contest.
Folkens, of Rogers, was one of two finalists in the contest to create the next flavor of Kemps ice cream. She was announced as the winner at a ceremony Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Minnesota State Fair.
“It made for a pretty fun day,” Folkens said.
She said her 8-year-old son, Charlie, was standing up front when the winner was announced. “His expression when they said Land of 10,000 Licks was just priceless,” she said. “He stole the show. It was so cute.”
The winner was selected through a combination of voting at the State Fair, online voting and a judging panel.
Folkens’ Land of 10,000 Licks flavor is sweet cream ice cream with thick swirls of caramel and bits of toffee and sea salt sprinkled throughout. She got the idea for the flavor while in northern Minnesota this spring, where she tasted caramels sprinkled with sea salt. She thought it would make a good ice cream and when she learned of the contest, entered the flavor on a whim.
There were more than 300 entries. The other finalist was Pubcorn and Peanuts, created by Kelly Moritz of St. Paul. It contained popcorn-flavored ice cream, crushed salted peanuts and ribbons of dark chocolate.
As the winner, Folkens will receive $2,500 and a year’s supply of the ice cream, which will appear on store shelves in 2012. Folken’s name and story inspiration for the ice cream will also be featured on the packaging.