Fifth Flavor out Soon; Guess Correctly to Win

To celebrate our first birthday, CLEMSON’S BEST™ is churning up a new flavor and we want you to participate in our party. Correctly guess our fifth flavor for a chance to win something good. What that is, we aren’t quite sure, but we bet it will make you happy — just like our ice cream has done since the 2018 Spring Game Weekend, when baseball fans were the first to taste CLEMSON’S BEST™ at its grand slam debut.

Our ice cream is a Certified SC product made with ingredients grown or produced by former students. Part of our mission is paying it forward and continuing rural America’s farming legacy. From Day One we pledged 10 percent of our sales to the university’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences. So far, you’ve helped donate more than $13,000 to the CAFLS Advantage program, which promotes learning beyond the classroom.

Opportunities include undergraduate research, on-the-job training and participation in summer camps. Students also can enroll in study-at-home programs — mostly during spring break — that expose them to South Carolina business experiences in food processing, packaging, agribusiness and natural resources. There’s also a study-abroad component that allows students to learn farm practices in Australia, animal science in Germany and France, and crop diversity in Sri Lanka, an independent island nation near south Asia, where large numbers of the population are hungry and malnourished.

To keep up that good work, and enjoy yourself while doing it, look for pints of CLEMSON’S BEST™ at more than 100 Ingles locations across South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. Numerous farm-to-market businesses also sell CLEMSON’S BEST™, even when most major retailers have given us the snub.

Bi-Lo, Food Lion, Kroger and Publix have said no, but we are determined to spread the yum to as many customers as possible. To be fair, trucking issues and cold storage present challenges for some of the larger chains. But the more people demand our product, the better our chances of landing a second retailer. If not, there’s always Ingles that signed with us without even tasting our ice cream and the dozens of mom-and-pop stores that followed. In addition, Sysco Foods Columbia (South Carolina) recently made CLEMSON’S BEST™ its premium ice cream brand, exposing us to restaurants and small businesses our current delivery system does not service.

To the coastal residents who continue to support us, even though we haven’t reached you yet, continue to hold on. We’re still working on that challenge

Ice Cream Sales Benefit College Students

Contributions from sales of the specialty ice cream named for Clemson University have exceeded $12,000 for the school’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, brand officials announced today.

Clemson’s Best Gourmet Ice Cream™ exists in large part to support South Carolina’s agrarian heritage, said project manager Scott Pigeon, of Clemson University. “Every time you purchase a pint of ice cream, we provide opportunities to college students passionate about agriculture,” he said. To date, Clemson’s Best™ ice cream purchases have contributed $13,100 to CAFLS.

Ice cream money donated to the university goes to the CAFLS Advantage program, which promotes learning beyond the classroom. Opportunities include undergraduate research, on-the-job training and participation in summer camps. Students also can enroll in study-at-home programs — mostly during spring break — that expose them to South Carolina business experiences in food processing, packaging, agribusiness and natural resources. There’s also a study-abroad component that allows students to learn farm practices in Australia, animal science in Germany and France, and crop diversity in Sri Lanka, an independent island nation near south Asia, where large numbers of the population are hungry and malnourished.

CAFLS students have benefited from ice cream sales since April 2018, when Clemson’s Best™ first debuted. Highlighting family farms is equally important, Pigeon said. Four South Carolina farmers contribute the milk, fruits and nuts found in Homemade Vanilla, Strawberry Shortcake, Caramel Butter Pecan and Peaches –N-Cream. Sources close to the brand — a Certified SC product — have hinted at the summer release of a fifth flavor.

Farm families involved are Hickory Hill Farm in Edgefield; McLeod Farms in McBee; and Titan Farms, and Yon Family Farms, both in Ridge Spring.

Clemson’s Best™ is considered a super-premium ice cream, meaning that it’s made with 16 percent butterfat — more than most national brands.