LIVONIA (WWJ/AP) – The taste tests are in, and “Pure Michigan Caramel Apple” has been selected as the official state park ice cream.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the winner was selected Tuesday in the Detroit suburb of Livonia. The flavor idea came from Dawn Dummer of Houghton Lake. She said she submitted it because she’s proud of Michigan.

The department said 11-year-old Lexi Loehfelm of Ada Township, 12-year-old Noah Ekdom of Roscommon, and 15-year-old Jimmy McGrath of Carleton were judges along with Grand Rapids-based Meijer Inc.’s Corporate Research Chef Ray Sierengowski.

The DNR joined with Hudsonville Ice Cream and Pure Michigan to launch the “Create a Flavor” contest in January. More than 3,000 flavor suggestions were submitted, ranging from Tahquamenon Falls Root Beer Sundae to Hex Hatch Jubilee, each evoking the sights, sounds and nostalgia of getting away from it all in Michigan’s great outdoors.

The entries were narrowed down to a field of four finalists:

  • Michigan Chocolate Covered Cherries, submitted by Heather Klaver of Grand Rapids
  • Pure Michigan Jubilee, submitted by Gary Kesler of Grandville
  • Shiver MI Timbers, submitted by Carla Reczek of Oak Park
  • Pure Michigan Caramel Apple, submitted by Dawn Dummer of Houghton Lake.

The special ice cream will be available at Meijer, other retail outlets and ice cream parlors around the Midwest.

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