Charleston has a new flavor

Image by Flickr user A Continuous LeanImage by 20080730seersucker.jpg Mmmm. A recipe for delicious.

Seersucker. That's right. Seersucker. At least according to the Charleston's Choice Ice Cream Contest, hosted by Circa 1886, that's the flavor that most represents Charleston (and tastes good, too).

From Mettler PR:

Seersucker, submitted by Kevin Kelly, a middle school history teacher at Christ Our King Stella Maris who lives in Mt. Pleasant, includes Charleston Chew candy, blueberries, honey roasted peanuts and vanilla ice cream. "I think all those flavors together equal Charleston," says Kelly, a self-proclaimed ice cream aficionado.

As part of the contest, the restaurant asked locals to answer the question "If Charleston were an ice cream flavor, what would it be?" After receiving more than 200 entries with names as creative as the ingredients, like 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: Cobblestone Cobbler, Seersucker and Charleston Gold.

On July 30, the Circa 1886 chefs prepared the three finalist recipes for taste-testing by the entrants, their families and the panel of judges.

And if you want to try seersucker ice cream for yourself, Circa 1886 will be serving it throughout August. Feel free to check out their hours and the rest of their menu.

Update July 31: Charleston City Paper offers a tad bit of more info with a quick picture of the winning ice cream and some background on the event.

Update August 6: The Post and Courier does their own version of the story and pointed us to this video interview with the winning creator:

Circa 1886's Charleston's Choice Ice Cream Contest from Circa 1886 on Vimeo.

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