Dining With Denise Neil

Haysville middle-schooler wins Baskin-Robbins shake contest

Lilliana Easterby, 11, pictured here with Baskin Robbins franchise owner Candice Lee, was the winner of the ice cream store’s Air Capital Shake competition.
Lilliana Easterby, 11, pictured here with Baskin Robbins franchise owner Candice Lee, was the winner of the ice cream store’s Air Capital Shake competition. The Wichita Eagle

Kids know ice cream.

So it stands to reason that a kid would win a milkshake competition, even when her competitors are ice cream professionals.

On Monday, I was one of three judges at a fun contest put on by Baskin-Robbins. The owners of the two local franchises, Jeff and Candice Lee, recently invited customers and employees to dream up a new milkshake made using Baskin-Robbins’ ice cream flavors. The winner would be named the Air Capital Shake and would be added to the menu at the stores at 2126 N. Webb Road and at 2556 N. Maize Road.

Along with Brett Harris and Tracy Cassidy, the morning team from Q-92, I sampled six milkshake mixtures, most of which turned a ghastly gray when all the colors were blended together. The two best milkshakes, we decided, were submitted by kids.

The winner was 11-year-old Lilliana Easterby, a sixth-grader from Haysville. Her shake combined rocky road ice cream, vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup and was served with whipped cream on top. Not only was it a more acceptable light brown color, but the flavors all worked together and made for a decadent treat. Lilliana won a trophy, a T-shirt and some Baskin-Robbins gift cards.

“I just pictured it in my head and wanted to see what it would taste like,” she said.

We awarded second place to Phillip Markum, 14, who is an eighth-grader at Tri-City Day School in Haysville. His creation was the most colorful of the bunch and was a kid’s dream milkshake. He combined bubble gum and cotton candy ice cream, which resulted in a hue of bright purple, and topped it with sprinkles.

Baskin-Robbins employee Nathaniel Hoebener got third place with his daring mixture of rocky road, lemon custard and pistachio almond. His shake had texture and tasted sort of like lavender, oddly enough.

Lilliana’s shake, which is now titled the Air Capital Shake, is available now at both Wichita Baskin-Robbins.

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