Inventor Series Featuring Student-Designed Flavors Ranging from Ramen to Xurros
Scoop shop menus will be completely designed by students, showcasing ice creams from Salt & Straw’s youngest collaborators with proceeds being donated to participating schools
PORTLAND, Ore. (March 28, 2017) – Salt & Straw Ice Cream, celebrates children’s imagination this spring with the return of the Inventor Series, working with elementary schools all around Portland to curate this set of flavors and bring dreams to life in the Salt & Straw kitchen. For the first time, Salt & Straw’s menus will feature the ice cream descriptions, as envisioned by every student collaborator. From Ramen Ice Cream to two collaboration flavors including 180 Xurro and Xocolata made from 180’s Spanish xurros to Vanilla Rose Bubble Tea in collaboration with the Tea Bar, the Inventor Series flavors are available locally at Portland Salt & Straw scoop shops March 31st through April 27th. Portland monthly flavors are also available for national shipping, visit http://saltandstraw.com/shop/
April 2017 Ice Cream Inventor’s Series
While most of our monthly menus come straight from the brilliant minds of our in-house ice cream designers, once a year we turn the flavor creation over to some of the best inventors we know: kids! This year, we teamed up with elementary schools in Portland to create a delicious lineup of limited-edition flavors inspired by the cravings, dreams, and childhood memories of our communities’ young collaborators. These one-of-a-kind combinations of ice creams and delicious additions 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 team up with teachers and parent organizations to make our annual Ice Cream Inventing “Assignment” fun and rewarding for the students we work with—and because of the amazing work of these students and the great flavors they dream up, Salt & Straw is able to donate proceeds from these ice cream flavors right back to the schools that invented them!
Vernon Elementary – Alberta Scoop Shop
Located just a block away from our NE Alberta shop, Vernon is home to a community that’s been close to our hearts since we opened our first scoop shop. Three years ago, we collaborated with Vernon students to create flavors like Rainbow Splash—a classic rainbow sherbet made with real Skittles—and raised seed money for Nike to help fund a new basketball court. This year, we are excited to give back to Vernon Elementary with this new lineup of delicious flavors!
- The Apple Frosting Caramel Crackers – Qiana – Teacher: Ms. Gina
- “1. first layer, Vanilla ice cream with warm apple slices (like in apple pie) with brown sugar. 2. second layer, vanilla cupcake frosting. 3. Caramel in the cone. 4. Graham Crackers all around.”
- Vanilla Rose Bubble Tea – Audrey – Ms. Gina
- “Vanilla ice cream base with rose pedals and black tapioca pearls”
- Lemon and Lime – Jackson – Teacher: Miss Geraeu
- “Lemon, lime, small chunks of key lime pie on top. lemon and lime sqirts on top, whipped cream on top. please be a sour ice cream
Chapman Elementary – NW 23rd Scoop Shop
Chapman sits atop a hill in Portland’s Alphabet District near our NW 23rd shop, and is home to an inspiring program of school-wide “Weekly Roundups”—a showcase of student-led presentations on current studies, fun facts, and opportunities for classmates to work together on fun projects. Our Ice Cream Inventing adventure has been a part of these Weekly Roundups for several years, allowing us to raise donations for Friends of Chapman, which works to support reading programs, provide school supplies, and is breaking ground this year on a playground for Chapman students and their NW Portland neighbors.
- Ramen Ice Cream Flavor! – Isabella – Teacher: Anne Williams
- “Ramen ice cream smells like seaweed and tastes savoury with a kick of bitterness. Ramen ice cream looks tanish with bits of noodle, pork, and carrots. I think my flavor is awesome because its very unique,”
- 180 Xurro and Xocolata – Isabella – Teacher: Mr. Hendrickson
- “When you eat this ice cream you will get the flavors of apple, cinnamon, sugar, and best of all xurro! This ice cream would smell sorta like a baked apple pie.”
- Chocolate Party – Sayako, Sophie and Addy – Teacher: Mrs. Trinchero
- “It’s a creamy chocolate base chewy cookie dough, crunchy waffle bits and mint fudge perfection.”
Abernethy Elementary – Division Scoop Shop
This cute little elementary school tucked away in Ladd’s Addition—near our SE Division scoop shop—is home to an amazing School Kitchen Garden program. In Abernethy’s lush outdoor classroom, students learn food-based education by building and maintaining their own garden space, and even cook with chefs using the fresh produce they grow themselves! We are honored to be able to donate to the Abernethy PTA, which is set up to fund extracurricular spanish classes, school supplies, library staff, after school garden programs, and technology and art education!
- Triple M Non-Dairy – Iris – Teacher: Miss Siri
- “1. Mango coconut milk ice cream 2. Mochi Chunks 3. Mint Mixed in with the Mango Mochi was my favorite treat in Japan Because I cannot have dairy!!!!!!!!!!!!” – Iris
- Butterscotch Crush – Natalie – Teacher: Ms. Appollo
- “Cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla, Butterscotch Chocolate Chips Pretzel Chunks”
- Rainforest Mist – Vivi – Teacher: Mr. Scholten
- “The main ingredients are BlackBerry and Lemon. There are little chunks of BlackBerry in the ice cream. The Lemon is just squeezed in (with a little extra sugar.) The secret ingredient is a small scoop of marshmallow fluff (just a little bit). The marshmallow fluff is mixed into the ice cream.”
About Salt & Straw Ice Cream
Salt & Straw Ice Cream is a family-run, chef-driven ice cream company with kitchens and scoop shops in Portland and Los Angeles that partners with local artisans, producers and farmers to serve unusually creative and absolutely delicious ice cream. Each ice cream is handmade in small batches using only all natural cream from local farms in each city. Flavors showcase the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients from Oregon and Southern California farmers and artisans as well as imported flavors from small hand-picked farms from around the world. The company started in Portland, OR serving eight flavors from an ice cream cart in May of 2011 and now has three scoop shops in Portland in addition to the Wiz Bang Bar and five shops in LA. Scoops of handmade, small batch ice creams, sundaes, milkshakes and floats as well as pints to go are available at each shop with an ice cream sommelier of sorts who will gladly take you through a tasting of all the flavors. Favorites, seasonal, design your own variety packs and pint club memberships are available for online purchase and can be shipped anywhere in the United States. Salt & Straw’s ice cream cart is available for catering parties and events. In April of 2016, Salt & Straw opened the Wiz Bang Bar at Pine Street Market, a soft serve dessert bar featuring fresh spins on the childhood swirl, sundaes, novelties, and, more. Follow Wiz Bang Bar on Facebook at Wiz Bang Bar and on Twitter and Instagram at @wizbangbar. Find more information at www.saltandstraw.com or call 971-271-8168. Follow us on Facebook at Salt and Straw Ice Cream, Twitter and Instagram: @SaltandStraw.