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That's One Spicy Bowl of Ice Cream
August 23, 2013
It started at Rehoboth Beach where David Letterman (no, not that one) and his wife Sherri were promoting the hot wing sauce and marinades produced at Bonfatto's, their restaurant in Bellefonte. The weather was warm so they bought some ice cream and, at Sherri's suggestion, tried Another Spice Cream.
In addition to Spice Cream, Letterman Enterprises produces a line of wing sauces and owns Bonfattto's restaurant in Bellefonte.
a bit of wing sauce with it. Voilá! Bonfatto's Spice Cream was born.
Today, Letterman Enterprises produces Spice Cream in Lewistown in a small facility at the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation Plaza. Federal officials from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) paid a recent visit as part of ARC's Jobs and Local Foods Systems Tour.
Letterman begins with premium vanilla ice cream from his own house recipe, adds ingredients like molasses, pecans, or granola, depending on the variety, and then comes the kicker, the company's own fruit-based hot sauce ─ apple, peach, or raspberry. The result is a gourmet ice cream with just enough of a bite to make it memorable.
Little by little, the world is learning about Spice Cream. It's available through area grocery stores and specialty retailers and, most recently, through Central Markets, a retail chain headquartered in Texas. The company recently exhibited at the Fancy Food Show in New York, where it was recognized as one of the top ten innovative products and was part of a feature on FOX & friends.
Letterman Enterprises is one of SEDA-COG's more active Export Assistance clients, after being referred to us through one of our PREP partners, the Small Business Development Center at Penn State. We've provided the company with export price quotes and market research updates as well as assistance with shipping and logistics issues. The company's products have drawn particular interest from the Caribbean islands.
Federal officials from ARC and USDA certainly enjoyed their Spice Cream. Joani Walsh of USDA kiddingly asked for the recipe and called Letterman's "...a fantastic example of a local food business, the type that USDA wants to encourage..."