Time is running out to vote for Ferdinand’s huckleberry ice cream for Progressive Dairyman’s Flavor Faceoff Finals, where the Pacific Northwest staple has been crowned among the top flavors in the nation.
Courtesy of Dale MooreVeterinary professor Dale Moore nominated the flavor to the Progressive Dairyman’s competition in June.
“I thought what better northwest regional ice cream than huckleberries from Ferdiand’s?” Moore said. “It’s a good way to... give credit to Ferdinand’s and the school.”
After regional voting was completed, Ferdinand’s came out on top and is now competing against three different fl
ross the country. Although no actual sampling of the ice cream is being completed, people can vote through Progressive Dairyman magazine's website, and can vote once per week through the end of July.
Eric Needham, supervisor for Ferdinand’s, took a break from serving the backed up line at Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe to speak to The Daily Evergreen. Alive! participants and community members filled the tiny space, looking for a cool treat on a hot day.
Needham said huckleberry is in their top three flavors, along with vanilla and cookie dough ice cream.
He called the voting “good” and “fun,” but said they were not actually aware of the nomination until it reached the national level.
WSU Creamery manager Russ Salvadalena ice cream makes up only 5 percent of the WSU Creamery’s sales, the rest of it cheese.
“I think we make pretty good ice cream,” he said.
The final results will be announced at the end of July.