Students: Kristiaan Fish, James Madox, Kolisetti Sweta, Sterling Capotosti, Alyssa Bransley, Madore Caitlin, Hanna Santoro, Melissa Ciccone, Nakita Kappel, Stephanie Suhoza
Abstract: The purpose of this investigation is to determine if the National Ice Cream Retailer's Association (NICRA) flavor standard for strawberry ice cream represents the preference of consumers. A sensory preference taste panel will be conducted on strawberry ice creams formulated with purees made from four different sources: Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) strawberries, processed strawberry puree, fresh strawberries, and artificial strawberry flavoring. Panelists will rank the four ice cream samples from least preferred to most preferred. It is predicted that given the choice between IQF , processed, fresh, and artificial flavoring; the consumer will prefer the product closest to the NICRA standard. This project was partially supported by Creative Inquiry, and Grant Research for National Ice Cream Retailer's Association.