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Two local companies selected as Flavor of Georgia finalists

Linda Erbele

White County News

DATE: February 19, 2015

Mountain Fresh Creamery’s salted caramel ice cream is one of three finalists in the dairy category of the University of Georgia’s 2015 Flavor of Georgia contest.

Scott and Jennifer Glover added salted caramel ice cream to the list of flavors at the creamery in Clermont, and it has proven to be a hit. So, Jennifer said, at the suggestion of manager Jon Lee, they submitted it to the Flavor of Georgia contest.

“Our ice cream is considered premium because it is made from 18 percent butterfat mix,” Jennifer said. “One of the reasons it tastes so good is that it is made with non-homogenized, low-temperaby ture pasteurized milk and cream from our cows.”

She explained that homogenization destroys both bad bacteria and many of the healthy vitamins and enzymes in milk, forcing commercial dairies to add those vitamins back to it. The low-temperature pasteurization kills the bad bacteria while leaving the “good things” intact.

She and Scott have been in the dairy business since 2000. The creamery was opened in 2011 on U.S. 129 South, featuring butter, both whole and low-fat milk, chocolate milk, buttermilk, cream and anywhere from 12 to 15 flavors of ice cream. They also sell ground beef from their cows.

Most of those cows have grown up in White County, although she said the dairy has just completed a move to new property off Clarks Bridge Road in Hall County. The larger dairy will continue to offer tours for school groups and farm tour days.

“It’s set up so the children can see the cows being milked,” she added.

The Glovers will learn the final winner of the Flavors contest in a celebration of Georgia products March 9-10 in Atlanta.

“We use all natural flavoring,” Glover said. “We buy strawberries and peaches locally. We use Georgia pecans from Harlem, Georgia.”

She added that the pecan that is used in the salted caramel ice cream is a ‘pralined’ pecan, meaning it is dipped in butter, salt and sugar.

They also offer seasonal flavors of ice cream, such as eggnog, gingerbread and peppermint at Christmas, pumpkin spice and caramel apple for fall and Cadbury during Easter. This year they will offer a Guinness flavor for St. Patrick’s Day.