Salt & Straw’s September menu features creative ice creams only 4th graders could dream up, benefitting local Portland area schools
PORTLAND, Ore. (August 15, 2019) – Salt & Straw Ice Cream heads back to school this September with the return of the Student Inventor Series, launching in scoop shops and online on Friday, September 5. For this kid approved series, Salt & Straw works with local elementary schools across Portland to dream up and create a one-of-a-kind menu, highlighting the limitless creativity of kids. Every year, Head Ice Cream Maker Tyler Malek visits local 4th grade classrooms, encouraging students to submit their wildest ice cream ideas. He then selects five flavors to bring to life in the Salt & Straw kitchen. This year’s flavors for Portland include The Ballistic Bagel, I dew like you berry much (v), I oat you one, Cray Cray Caramel Confetti and Ohana’s Falcon Vanilla Taro. Proceeds of each flavor will directly benefit the participating local schools. For the first time, Salt & Straw has designed limited-edition pints, using the actual student submissions, where students are asked to name and draw their creations.
The Student Inventor Series ice creams are available by the scoop, flight or pint at all Portland area Salt & Straw scoop shops beginning Friday, September 5 through Thursday, October 3. Ice creams are available for nationwide shipping through Salt & Straw’s website www.saltandstraw.com. Through the Salt & Straw Pints Club, you can sign up for a sneak peak of the latest seasonal flavors delivered right to your doorstep before they hit scoop shops.
Student Inventor Series
While most of our monthly menus come straight from the minds of our R&D team, once a year we turn over the flavor creation to some of the best inventors we know: fourth graders! For the seventh year, we’re celebrating back-to-school by teaming up with elementary schools local to our scoop shops for a delicious lineup of limited-edition flavors inspired by the cravings and dreams of our communities’ eight-year-olds. These one-of-a-kind combinations push the boundaries of flavor fantasy, bringing a kid’s-eye view to dessert that you need to eat to believe. At each school, we work with teachers and parent organizations to make our annual Ice Cream Inventing “Assignment” fun and rewarding for the students—and because of their Thanks to the incredible amazing flavors they dream up, Salt & Straw is able to donate a portion of proceeds from these ice creams right back to the schools that invented them.
(Please note, all descriptions written directly by our 4th grade inventors)
I dew like you berry much (v)
“Honeydew melon, blueberrys, vanilla, coconut milk. Special features: Gluten free (vegan). Looks like: Blueberry colored ice cream base with green melon chunks (resembles earth).”
Inventor: Elijah, Vernon Elementary
Cray Cray Caramel Conffetti
“Butterscotch, Taffy, caramel candy, caramel swirls, marshmallows, rasberry jam, rainbow sprinkles”
Inventor: Genevieve, Abernethy Elementary
The Ballistic Bagel
“Cream Cheese Ice Cream, Bagel crumbs, lox, himalayan salt”
Inventor: Ava, Abernethy Elementary
I oat you one
“To make 1 scoop, add: raisins, oats, spices like cinnamon + nutmeg, pecans. Vanilla ice cream is the base”
Inventors: Izzy and Katharina, Chapman Elementary
Ohana’s Falcon Vanilla Taro
“Dear Magical Ice Cream Makers, these are my magical ingredients to make Ohana’s Falcon Vanilla Taro ice cream swirled with mint chocolate snowcap. The ingredients we will need is creamy milk vanilla ice cream, with taro pate, mixed with honey, and a dash of magical sugar. We will also need crushed mint chocolate syrup (preferably crushed/melted Andes mints), and the most magical secret ingredient, the snowcap. The snowcap will consist of a swirled ribbon of condensed milk.”
Inventor: Ohana, Forest Hills Elementary
About Salt & Straw Ice Cream
Salt & Straw Ice Cream is a Portland-based, family-run ice cream company that was founded in 2011 by cousins Kim & Tyler Malek. Salt & Straw makes unbelievably delicious ice creams that tell the narrative of artisans, meaningful food movements and important social causes. The company creates a unique menu that changes every four weeks, makes ice cream by hand in small batches and designs a generous store experience that’s personalized and welcoming. The debut Salt & Straw Cookbook was released in April 2019, published by Clarkson Potter. Salt & Straw presently has three scoop shops in Portland, one in Lake Oswego and the Wiz Bang Bar at Pine Street Market. Pint packs are available for online purchase, and can be shipped anywhere in the United States as well as through the Salt & Straw Pints Club.