Back to the story: After the standard tour, we went through a locked door and walked 15-20 feet to a conference room that was prepared for our next adventure.
Looks like they are ready for our arrival -- napkins, cups, and wooden spoons
Two smiling folks from Quality Assurance came in and gave us a run down of what they do.
This little machine can split a pint in two so that QA can make sure everything is ok.
(they can also split it again so there are four pieces)
Next up were two production guys from the floor. To keep things interesting, all production employees are cross trained at every station so they can switch roles and not get bored. We got some good info about how they have to carefully monitor the line to keep things in check. We heard about how ingredients can interact and expand and totally throw off the process of keeping overrun in check. The point was that when you make super premium ice cream, you try really hard to make sure it stays super.
This my friends is Americone Dream FRESH off the assembly line.
It may never have seen a freezer, but it's about to see my spoon.
Mmmmm, tasty stuff! Those super fresh cone bits are just floating in vanilla goodness.
They also threw out several other flavors like the awesome Milk & Cookies, a sample of Boston Cream Pie (still lacking enough fudge chunks), Peanut Brittle, Maple Blondie and Dulce Delish. (I didn't really get a good taste of the Dulce Delish, but I have one in my freezer, so I will get a thorough review of that up at some point). Oh, there was also a fudge brownie bar, but I wasn't sure how to pick it up without wearing it.