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Viva Vanilla!: Local Teens Create World Class Ice Cream

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A group of 15 Jacksonville high school students have created an ice cream flavor that was a runner-up in an international competition.

A group of high school students from Stanton, Paxon, Darnell-Cookman and Ribault has become ice cream aficionados. "We went through a whole food science course before we actually got to mix flavors and make anything," said Stanton's Alana Hall.

It's a full blown science and math course. The students apply what they learn in class, to their ice cream recipes.

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Their lab is in the City Kidz Cafe on Main Street downtown. It's here that the co-founder of City Kidz, the Rev. Clinton Bush, has started something that's never been done before.

"The students are using the finest ingredients in the world," Bush said.

They have taken vanilla beans from four different continents to create their "Viva Vanilla" flavor of ice cream.

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The students entered their flavor in the World Dairy Expo, and judges awarded them runner-up in the vanilla category, beating our major companies around the world.

"We got text messages, emails and phone calls," said student Mazin Ibrahim. 

He said he couldn't believe their flavor had done so well. "I was like, 'There's no way. Can we see the award?"

City Kidz has a deal with Sam's Club to begin selling their ice cream in local stores starting in April. 

If you can't wait that long, you can visit City Kidz, located at the corner of Main Street and 3rd Street. 


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