From an MSU press release:
While it wasn’t quite as easy as pie, a team of Michigan State University (MSU) students ranked first and were awarded $4,000 for an innovative microwavable apple pie and ice cream combo at the National Product Development competition at the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) 2011 Annual Meeting and Food Expo.
The IFT meeting, held in New Orleans from June 11 to June 14, brings together thousands of food scientists, suppliers and marketers, showcasing innovation and information affecting consumers, growers, processors, regulators and researchers in food supply, management and delivery. It featured 900 exhibitors and more than 1,000 presentations from industry experts and members of academia.
MSU’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, team of food science undergraduate and graduate students and one biosystems engineer, coached by Janice Harte, earned first place with “Minute Escape,” an all-in-one dessert of frozen apple pie and custard ice cream that can be prepared in the microwave in only one minute. The competition was run by the IFT Student Association.
The food and package system was designed to heat the pie and filling while keeping the ice cream frozen, warming it just enough to allow it to soften and be easily removed from its enclosed cup, a technology for which MSU submitted a patent application. The single serving of apple pie had a rich apple cinnamon filling and a crunchy oatmeal streusel in a flaky crust and was joined by the creamy custard ice cream, designed to promote portion control in a delicious indulgence, according to Harte.