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Aug '08

A New Ice Cream Flavor is Born in Charleston

Circa 1886 Seersucker Ice Cream

What do you get when you combine Charleston Chew candy, blueberries, honey roasted peanuts and vanilla ice cream? If you’re Kevin Kelly, a Charleston Area middle school history teacher from Mt. Pleasant the answer is Seersucker Ice Cream.

As the winning flavor of Circa 1886’s recent ice cream contest, Seersucker Ice Cream was chosen by a panel of judges who were looking to capture the sweet flavor of living in Charleston, South Carolina. Circa 1886 will be serving the specialty ice cream at the restaurant throughout August.

Choosing a winner wasn’t easy. After receiving over 200 entries with names as creative as their ingredients (including Pluff Mud, Holy City Peach Tea, and Low Country Lush), Executive Chef Marc Collins and Pastry Chef Scott Lovorn narrowed the field down to three semifinalists: Cobblestone Cobbler, Seersucker, and Charleston Gold.
As one of the judges of the contest, Stephanie Barna writes in her food column in the Charleston City Paper:

“Seersucker, the winner, reminded me of a sundae with chunks of Charleston Chews, bits of blueberry, and honey-roasted peanuts. I took one bite and forgot the oppressive heat of the scorching July afternoon.”

Here’s a video of the judging itself, as well as an interview with the creator of Seersucker Ice Cream who talks about his inspiration for the flavor:

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