A sizeable donation to by Roswell's young Guziel sisters turned a second place win in the national Mayfield Ice Cream Company's "Below Zero Hero" milkshake invention contest into something even more wonderful than the sweet treat they created.
Over the summer, . The milkshake was a hit with Mayfield judges, who placed it among the top 10 recipes for voters to choose as their favorite.
In the end the Guziel family's Whoopee Shake recipe came in second out of the thousands of recipes submitted, netting them $3,000 in prize money.
"We feel very blessed to have had so much support from our family, friends and the community," said Ellen Guziel, who found the contest information flipping through a magazine.
That sense of gratitude inspired the sisters to use part of the winnings to make sure neighboring families have food on the table through a donation of $550 to NFCC on Saturday, Oct. 22.
"Our girls attend and have learned of NFCC through [the school's] philanthropic efforts," Ellen said. "Through that relationship, the girls wanted to donate a portion of their winnings to NFCC food bank, to help fight hunger in their local community."
NFCC was so touched by the contribution they asked the girls to speak about their experience at the non-profit's annual community recognition breakfast on Nov. 9.
Though the Whoopee Shake was their highest contender, it wasn't the only recipe the Guziel family concocted. Their other ideas included: grasshopper, butterbeer, turtle cheesecake, salted carmel bacon, as well as coffee and donuts.
"We must have had at least 30 to 40 different shake concepts," said Ellen.
But voters across the U.S. decided the Whoopee Shake recipe sounded best. The recipe, posted below, can be found on the Mayfield contest website.Ingredients Milk: 1/2 cups of milk Ice Cream:
- 4 scoops chocolate
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup marshmallow topping
- 3 Tbsp hot fudge
- 1/2 cup sandwich cookie crumbles
- Whipped cream
- Sandwich cookie crumbles
Add ice cream, hot fudge and milk to the blender and mix until smooth.
In a tall glass, make layers with sandwich cookie crumbles, chocolate shake and cream filling mixture until full. Top the shake with whipped cream and sprinkle with cookie crumbles.