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CONTEST WINNERS LAND THE TASTIEST JOB IMAGINABLE; 35 PEOPLE UNITE TO BECOME ASSISTANT ICE CREAM TASTERS FOR A DAY

 CONTEST WINNERS LAND THE TASTIEST JOB IMAGINABLE;
 35 PEOPLE UNITE TO BECOME ASSISTANT ICE CREAM TASTERS FOR A DAY
 OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday, Oct. 9, 1992 35 people who all share one thing in common -- their love for ice cream -- will become assistant ice cream tasters for a day. These people also are unique in that they are perhaps the most unselfish group of individuals ever selected by Dreyer's/Edy's Grand Ice Cream as assistant ice cream tasters.
 For the sixth consecutive year, Dreyer's/Edy's announced its search for assistant ice cream tasters to taste the company's top secret new flavors. But this year, prospective tasters were nominated for the position by someone other than themselves. A nine-year-old boy nominated his 83-year-old has leukemia; wives nominated husbands; and fathers nominated sons.
 From the more than 10,000 entries received, the judges were brought to tears by both the creative, humorous entries and the tender, caring entries.
 Sarah "Sally" Zahuta of Denville, N.J., entered her best friend Salli-Ann Mullan of East Hanover, N.J. as a poster taster. The large photo pictured Salli-Ann decked out in her ice cream eating attire with the surrounding captions:
 "Explorer's Hat -- always ready to discover a world of new flavors; Glasses -- so not to miss a single nut, marshmallow or vein of fudge; Smile -- good sense of humor (must have to be photographed like this); Roomy Shorts with Elasticized Waist -- for maximum comfort while sampling, ..." Sylvia Rapp of New City, NY, is one of many wives who nominated her ice-cream-loving spouse by incorporating the major events in husband Dave's life into the words "Ice Cream" and "Dave Rapp":
 "I nominate my husband, Dave Rapp ... whose very life has revolved around ice cream:
 "Day of BIrth SunDae
 Birth PlaCe Cone-y IslAnd Hospital
 Car Driven HomE In Scoop de Ville
 Childhood NiCkname "FrappE" Rapp
 Avocational Role Mode "Edy GouRmet"
 Favorite REsort Big VAnilla, NY
 Current Marital CompAtibility Parfait!
 Future State of Marriage SPlits-ville!(A)
 (A) If not elected, that is; thereby losing (sob!) the double-year supply of Edy's Grand Ice Cream."
 Lois Moore of Denver won the hearts of judges with the most unselfish nomination ever received. Lois nominated her eight-year-old granddaughter Hadley Sudler also of Denver. Lois' entry demonstrated how ice cream can help make a difficult situation a little easier. Lois' entry read: "Hadley Sudler is my nomination for the 'grand' ice cream taster. She is a charming blonde, partially bald, eight-year-old who is suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Her bravery and endurance during the many procedures she faces each week provide inspiration to all who know her. She is required to take 10 to 14 medications daily. Only with the help of Dreyer's/Edy's chocolate ice cream is she able to achieve this feat. Into each spoon of her favorite chocolate ice cream is tucked a pill that will help her recover. The delicious chocolate flavor manages to disguise the bitterness of the cure and put hope into a beautiful child."
 Eighty-three-year-old Albert Pierce of Catlin, Ill., was nominated by his nine year-old grandson Cole Matthew Hoskins of Sacramento, Calif. Cole wrote of spending the summer with his grandparents. Cole's entry read: "I would like to nominate my Grandpa Albert Pierce for your ice cream contest. I think he would be a good candidate because while I was visiting over my summer vacation, grandma brought a large container of chocolate ice cream home from the store and when grandpa found the ice cream in the shopping bag, he opened it up and started eating -- grandma didn't even get it in the freezer."
 Another unique taster to join the group is Ann Houorka Kreyche of Trabuco Canyon, Calif. Anne is legally visually impaired and was nominated by her two closest friends -- Portia and Max. However, since Portia and Max are a german shepherd and a black lab, they weren't quite eligible to win the day of tasting ice cream. But Anne's husband Dan Kreyche volunteered to take Portia and Max's place -- and he qualified, as he was the one who actually wrote the entry. Their winning entry included photos of Anne, Portia and Max enjoying bowls of ice cream and had captions that read: "Words of wisdom from the wise ... remember that seeing can be deceiving ... but always, most definitely, tasting is true believing!" In addition, a poem attached to the pictures read: "My eyesight is not what it used to be, life's other wonderful senses now guide me to see ... Tasting is my specialty, with buds so precisely fine, anticipating a Dreyer's/Edy's lick, rushed me into a state of divine ... Whether it's chocolate, vanilla, mint or any other flavor with nuts, my keen tongue has what it takes, no ifs, ands or buts. These fellow tasters -- Portia and Max -- are happily devouring their sweet heaven, but the hairy canines are upset -- ineligible to be two of the thirty, so we have compromised, allowing Dreyer's/Edy's to be served every breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But with a bark they insist 'Our master Annie must be chosen taster winner.'"
 Ron Vogel of Davis, Calif., was very surprised when he was notified that he was nominated for such a tasty position. Unknown to Ron, his two friends, Paul and Vicki Moering, also of Davis, created the "Who's Who in the Ice Cream Fanatic's Catalog." Listing their friend's ice cream attributes, part of the entry read: "Whose well-ordered, nutritionally-balanced life has but one obsession: A fixation that only his closest friends have discovered? who has such disciplined eating habits that he never touches a candy bar, a cola or a corn chip? Who allows himself but one indulgence: Ice Cream, any flavor, anytime? Who rushed home from a two-day camping trip and headed to the freezer for a 1/2-gallon ice cream fix? Who encouraged his daughter to work in an ice cream store just so he could visit her at closing time? Who thinks the greatest invention of the 20th Century was the introduction of fat-free ice cream? Who would have given up his career as an architect had he known Dreyer's/Edy's had jobs for ice cream tasters?"
 Of the children who created the winning nominations, 12-year-old Ryan Sweeney and his seven year-old sister Sedona of Tucson, Ariz., created a delightful book entitled, "The Past History of Dreyer's/Edy's," which told the story ... "There once was a man named Cronk who wanted to make an ice cream that would send out a zonk! And was as good as a hippity honk ... "
 "The assistant ice cream tasters will spend Friday morning 'revving' up their tastebuds with special 'tasting' seminars," said John Harrison, Dreyer's/Edy's "Official Taster" and manager of flavor development. Harrison described the day as "a trip to the Willie Wonka world of ice cream." In addition to the tasting seminars, the assistant ice cream tasters will be treated to a V.I.P. tour of the manufacturing facility, a special lunch with the Dreyer's/Edy's ice cream makers and then the unveiling and judging of potential 1993 flavors.
 "The new flavors really are what the assistant ice cream tasters come for," said Harrison. "Just like car companies introducing their new line every year, we do the same with our ice cream, yet we give the assistant ice cream tasters about 20 choices to choose from and we introduce only their top few picks."
 After tasting all the new flavors, the assistant ice cream tasters will be whisked away in Dreyer's/Edy's Rocky Road Bus to a special graduation/awards dinner at Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco. And for dessert, of course, they will have ice cream.
 In addition to this heavenly tasting treat, the 35 assistant ice cream tasters will leave the San Francisco Bay Area with more than a full and satisfied feeling -- each will return home with a year's supply of ice cream gift certificates.
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 /CONTACT: Jenifer Howard, 510-601-4382, or Diane McIntyre 510-601-4338, or 800-888-3442, both of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream/ CO: Dreyer's/Edy's Grand Ice Cream ST: California IN: FOD SU:


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