Think summer in Michigan and what seasonal flavors come to mind? Cherries? Strawberries? Blueberries? Corn? Fudge?
Some of those Michigan delights will make their way into the winning Pure Michigan ice cream flavor: Double Berry Pie, a blend of vanilla ice cream with strawberry and blueberry swirls and pie crust pieces.
Pure Michigan Double Berry Pie was chosen from among more than 7,000 suggested flavors, including Michigan Chardonnay Cherry Fudge, Pure Maple Syrup Sundae and Pictured Rocks Swirl. There were plenty of corn-inspired flavors, too; more on that later.
The winning concoction’s creator, Linda Ann Stewart of Taylor, drew inspiration from Michigan lighthouses. She described the flavor as “rays of blueberry and strawberry,” with the pie crust pieces representing golden sand around the state’s lighthouses.
“Linda Ann’s combination of fresh produce was a unique entry that wonderfully embodies the taste of Pure Michigan,” said Caryn Beatty of Hudsonville Ice Cream, the Holland-based company that will make the winning flavor and partnered with Pure Michigan in the contest.
For her efforts, Stewart won two nights at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, a year’s supply of Hudsonville Ice Cream and threw out a ceremonial first pitch at the Tigers’ game — a strike, at that — Thursday night.
Pure Michigan Double Berry Pie sounds like the perfect summer treat, especially after a day on the lake or during an evening stroll along the streets of any of the state’s postcard-perfect beach towns.
Unfortunately, the limited-edition flavor won’t be available in grocery stores until October.