October 20, 2021

Red Dragon’s Delight

Valerie Puma/staff reporter

Standing at the front counter of Footie’s Freez, Don Porteus holds an order of his favorite ice cream flavor, pistachio nut, topped with fresh strawberries, whipped cream and a cherry on top.

In a dairy frontier like Cortland County, the residents are no strangers to fresh milk and ice cream. But now, there’s a new ice cream flavor in town.

There’s a sweet treat waiting for SUNY Cortland students when they return to campus this fall: the university’s own flavor creation.

It’s not red, and it certainly won’t taste like a dragon’s favorite food. Red Dragon’s Delight, produced by Cornell Dairy, is a chocolate ice cream with marshmallow swirls and caramel cubes.

“We’re really excited to have the students try it in the fall,” said Hermi Wang, marketing manager of SUNY Cortland Auxiliary Services Corp. Although she’s not much of a chocolate hound, Wang said the new flavor is great.

The dessert will be served at Neubig Dining and the Bistro Off Broadway, where students can use their meal plans, and it will also be available for purchase in individual SUNY Cortland- themed containers across campus.

Although the Red Dragon’s Delight will be served only on campus, it does beg the question the interesting confections one can concoct. Maple ice cream with fudge chunks? Honey-sweetened ice cream with blueberries and a raspberry swirl? Sweetened avocado ice cream with a mango-habanero swirl? (OK, maybe not that one.)

Valerie Puma/staff reporter

A customer takes her first spoonful of a sundae from Footie’s Freez in Cortland — a vanilla and chocolate swirl with caramel syrup and chocolate sprinkles.

Michaela Bidwell, of Cortland, works at Footie’s Freez and has made some pretty interesting orders — banana splits with every type of gummy candy on top and rainbow sherbet with peanut butter — but she’s sticking with her long-time favorite.

“The double dunker,” she said. “It’s mocha ice cream with cookie dough and cookie crunch swirls.”

Bidwell’s order would have to wait, though, because a customer was on his way to the counter.

Don Porteus of Slaterville wouldn’t call himself an ice cream connoisseur, but he knows what he likes.

“Pistachio nut ice cream,” Porteus said, it seems to reflect the community.

Adding fresh strawberries, whipped cream and a maraschino cherry, Bidwell handed Porteus his sundae and wished him a good day.

But really: rainbow sherbet with peanut butter?