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Royal Scoop hosts second annual Make-A-Wish Southern Florida flavor contest

July 12, 2017
Jessica Salmond - News Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Ice cream aficionados, prepare those taste buds.

For the second year in a row, Royal Scoop has partnered with Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to put on the kids' flavor contest.

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Wish children got to submit their recipe to Royal Scoop, and after narrowing down recipes from 30 children, Royal Scoop owner Wanda Linatsas said she and her staff has narrowed it down to three.

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"It wasn't easy!" she said.

Now, these three children need the public's help to win votes to select the best flavor.

The three flavors will be available for the public to taste and vote for on National Ice Cream Day, Sunday, July 16 from noon until 6:15 p.m. The winner will be announced after 6:15, and the winning flavor will be available at Royal Scoop for one year. Throughout the day of July 16, 50 percent of all ice cream sales will be donated to Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. Last year, her shop was able to give $1,000, Linatsas said, and she hopes to top that this year.

Throughout the year, 50 percent of sales from the winning flavor will go to the organization.

"Last year's event was a wonderful opportunity to create awareness for Make-A-Wish," Director Tammy Lynn said. "It was kids and ice cream, a wonderful atmosphere. It was nice to see so many friends and family come out to support the finalists."

The flavor event is one of the fun events Make-A-Wish Southern Florida has created to get the Wish kids together with friends and family.

This year, 14-year-old Alex Mesa of Naples is returning to defend his victory at last year's contest after winning with "Midnight Shadow," a vanilla ice cream with brownie bites and raspberry swirl. For the 2017 contest, his flavor is called "Oreo Splash." He's joined by

Annabelle Phillips, a 12-year-old from Cape Coral, with her flavor, "Sweet & Salty Annabelle," and Jordan Strunk, a 9-year-old from Fort Myers, who created "The Funk Cookie."

"The flavors are awesome. Everyone will be surprised," Linatsas said. "It will be a tough decision."



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