"Butter Pecan Kruncher" Ice Cream Named Best Nut Flavor

"Butter Pecan" Ice Cream was named the best nut flavor at the National Ice Cream Retailers Association Annual Meeting recently held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina, November 7-10, 2012. The Best Flavor contest is held each year in conjunction with the Ice Cream Clinic Review at the annual meeting.

The ice cream is formulated and produced by King Cone, Plover, Wisconsin. The company won the coveted First Place for its flavor. A total of 16 new nut flavors were submitted by NICRA members. Each flavor is sampled by convention attendees and a vote is taken by ballot at the meeting. The winner was announced during the annual banquet at the end of the meeting. There was a tie for second place: Almost Heaven, Canton, Ohio won second place for Butter Pecan Ice Cream and Woodside Farm Creamery, Hockessin, Delaware also took second place for Buttery Salted Pecan Ice Cream. Honorable Mentions were also given to Double Dip, Lebanon, Ohio for Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream; Eskamoe's Frozen Custard & More, Monroe, Louisiana for Almond Joyous Frozen Custard; and Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream, Bonita Beach, Florida, for White Chocolate Madacamia Nut Crunch Ice Cream and Southern Pecan Cinnamon Delight Ice Cream.

The National Ice Cream Retailers Association is a trade organization whose members are in the retail ice cream and frozen yogurt business. The members of NICRA are located all across the United States, Canada and several other countries. They operate hundreds of stores and have an estimated annual sales in the millions. They employ thousands of full- and part-time employees. Since 1933, NICRA has helped hundreds of ice cream and frozen dessert entrepreneurs get started and prosper.