AMES, Iowa (October 16, 2020) - The wait is over! The Iowa State University (ISU) Creamery will serve up the new college ice cream flavors beginning November 2.
In the spring, the ISU Creamery hosted a college flavors contest asking students, faculty, staff, and alumni to create a flavor that would be unique to Iowa State University's seven colleges and graduate college. The competition received 52 entries! Winners were selected by each college's dean or assistant dean alongside some of each college's staff. You can taste the winning flavors starting November 2!
Alma Mater Baklava
Pistachio-praline flavored ice cream with pistachios pieces and Honeycomb crunch, submitted by Kris E. Spence. Spence achieved his master’s degree and PhD in food science and technology. This entry was inspired by ISU’s “Bells of Iowa State” anthem. The nut and crunch "baklava" is intended to represent the rich diversity in the Graduate College.
College of Design
Lavender-flavored ice cream with honey swirls, created by Daniel Vandersteen and Aaron Born. These industrial design students developed the ice cream to satisfy the cravings that design students get when they spend late nights in the studio! The honey for this ice cream will be sourced from the ISU Bee Lab.
Ivy College of Business
Espresso and vanilla ice cream with chocolate-covered almonds and fudge swirls, submitted by Justin Brtek, Rohan Brahmarouthu, Andrew Simon, Daniel Burke, and Ani Yam. These business students created this flavor from several sources of inspiration; the Gerdin Business building, the Business Cafe within the Bergstrom Commons, the Ivy’s “never settle” mindset, and the “Donuts with the Dean" event.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Lemon Berry bLASt
Lemon frozen yogurt (full-fat fro yo) with raspberry swirls and raspberries pieces, created by Kristen (Turnquist) Fox and Shelby (Ullrich) Zomermaand. These 2017 graduates developed a sweet twist on the sour tradition of lemon drops. Tradition said that women had to become true "Iowa Staters" by kissing someone under the Campanile at midnight. If they hadn’t "campaniled" by the time they reached their senior year, people put lemon drops on the woman’s doorstep to signify that she was sour. The lemon drop tradition no longer exists, so this flavor was created to signify that all of the ISU community is considered a true "Iowa Stater."
College of Engineering
Sea salt caramel ice cream with brownie bits and fudge swirls, created by Ezra Iliff, Luke Lawson, and Connor Kennedy. These engineering alumni created this flavor in part to honor former dean, Anson Marston, who helped build the Campanile and restore Lake Laverne. It also represents the collaboration needed between all engineering majors to make a project successful.
College of Veterinary Medicine
White Chocolate Squirrel
White chocolate ice cream with Nutella® swirls and hazelnut pieces, submitted by Kipp Van Dyke and some of the staff in the Dean of Students office. This entry honors one of Iowa State's campus creatures, the elusive white squirrel.
College of Human Sciences
Human Sci Sweet Cherry Pie
This sweet corn flavored custard features swirls of cherry filling and graham cracker crust. It was created by CHS alumni Amy Matthies, Deb Nilles, and Samantha Nilles. Both generations of their family made cherry pies in the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom during their time at ISU. This flavor represents the traditions of CHS while highlighting the adventurous spirit of the CHS students and alumni.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Mocha flavored custard with chocolate chips and caramel swirls, created by Evan McCoy, Timothy Lott, and Mikaela Galdonik. These 2018 Food Science graduates created this ice cream to show the energy and determination that everyone in CALS has. It was noted from the winners, that as students, coffee is especially needed in preparing for the CALS career fair! This flavor was also created to portray the richness and diversity of Iowa soil and the CALS community. Amazingly, this same team won the ISU signature ice cream contest back in 2017 for their Legacy flavor creation!
For a Limited Time Only - Get Your College Flight
Anxious to try all of the new college flavors? The ISU Creamery has a special treat for a limited time only beginning November 2. Purchase an $8 sampling tray with all eight flavors while supplies last.
Purchasing Ice Cream
You may purchase ice cream by the scoop or carton.
- Single scoop - $3
- Double scoop - $4
- Triple scoop - $5
- 32 ounce carton - $12
The ISU Creamery accepts credit/debit cards and cash. They are unable to take CyCash or Dining Dollars.
College Flavors Available at Sparks
Sparks in the new Student Innovation Center will also sell the college flavors in eight ounce cartons for $5.50. Their hours are Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
ISU Creamery Location
The ISU Creamery is located on the second floor of the Food Sciences Building - 2953. Metered parking is available at the East Parking Deck on Wallace Road. Please enter the Food Sciences Building from the east doors on Wallace Road. Follow the signs to the ISU Creamery. Face coverings are required and physical distancing is marked with cow spots on the Creamery floor.
ISU Creamery Hours
Monday - 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday - 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Closed (to respect the Dairy Science Club’s ice cream fundraiser on Wednesday)
Thursday - 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday - 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - Closed
Open to the Public