Caramel Mocha Coconut Crackle Is Broward County’s Ice Cream Scoop Of The Century, And You Can Try It For Free At Jaxson’s On Tuesday
June 16, 2015 — Weeks of crowdsourcing, taste-testing and fine-tuning went into creating Broward County’s official centennial ice cream flavor, but the Caramel Mocha Coconut Crackle is finally here.
Broward County officials announced the flavor Tuesday morning at Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor in Dania Beach. The store will be giving out free samples in the parking lot from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; just look for the ice cream truck out front.
The “B100 Scoop of the Century: Caramel Mocha Coconut Crackle” was created with community input as part of Broward 100, a series of events celebrating Broward County’s 100th birthday.
Jaxson’s owner Linda Udell Zakheim said the county approached the store, which has been around since 1956, to be involved in the centennial because it is considered a Broward landmark. (In fact, the ice cream parlor was honored with a key to the City of Hollywood two weeks ago.)
More than 200 people submitted flavor ideas, and the final result turned out to be a combination of two.
“We found that by putting these two entries together, we came up with the winning flavor,” said Zakheim, daughter of late Jaxson’s founder, Monroe Udell. “At our final meeting last week, all of the judges unanimously picked the same flavor.”
It’s a mocha ice cream with caramel, toasted coconut and thin bites of chocolate (that’s the crackle).
Zakheim said that to invent the new flavor, they looked at what ingredients came up most often in the entries and chose from what the majority of people requested in their flavors.
“We were just trying to pick one that would best represent South Florida,” she said.
Since its ice cream is homemade, Jaxson’s wanted to make sure the winning flavor had not only the right taste but also the right texture. The process involved rounds of taste-testing and meetings.
“Some things just would not work,” she said. “Like mango with chocolate. Sometimes mango stands better on its own.”
If the new flavor takes off, it could be added to the specials board or even become a permanent. It all depends on the response from the community, Zakheim explained.
“I think it'll do well. It's very different,” she said. “The combination of the ingredients is what makes it unique.”
Jaxson’s also plans to play around with some of the other flavor ideas they received, so be to sure look out for new specials.
“We're always trying to come up with new and exciting things, so we will definitely be trying out some of the other ones,” Zakheim said.
Jaxson’s Ice Cream; 128 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach