CLEMSON – Just when your taste buds thought it couldn’t get any better, Clemson University has a new signature ice cream flavor.
“Flying Tiger” is part of Clemson Ice Cream’s new Wild Tiger line of signature flavors and will be available beginning Friday, Nov. 1, at the Clemson ’55 Exchange, 720 McMillan Road, Clemson, S.C. 29634, adjacent to the Hendrix Student Center.
The new bold and adventurous Wild Tiger flavors are created by students and are designed to represent the ideals of sustainability, global engagement and the Clemson spirit. These flavors are produced on campus and are only available at the ’55 Exchange.
Created to promote Clemson University Tigers for Tigers Awareness Week (T4T) and Clemson’s Military Appreciation Day, Flying Tiger is a delicious Indonesian vanilla bean ice cream laced with swirls of purple blueberry jam. This ice cream is handcrafted by students in Newman Hall on Clemson’s main campus.
“We selected pure Indonesian vanilla extract for this flavor to promote tiger conservation because Sumatra Indonesia is one of the few remaining places in the world where tigers roam wild,” said Frances Schueren, a junior food science and technology major from Philadelphia, as well as a ’55 Exchange brand ambassador. “The swirls of purple blueberry jam are our salute to honor the 10,000-plus Clemson alumni who have served in the armed forces.”
Purple is the color of choice for Clemson’s Military Appreciation Day football game on Saturday, Nov. 2. The ’55 Exchange will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday so that Clemson fans can try this new flavor and others before the Clemson Tigers take on the Wofford Terriers in Death Valley.
Reagan Ross, a junior food science and technology major from Lexington, as well as a ’55 Exchange brand ambassador, said the new flavor was inspired by “our friends at Andee’s Spill the Beans Clemson and is part of the ’55 Exchange’s efforts to engage and promote local small business owners.”
The ’55 Exchange is 100% student-run and totally self-supporting. At the ’55 Exchange, students design, manufacture, sell and serve ice cream, shakes, coffee chillers and smoothies. Other Clemson products sold in the store include blue cheese, T-shirts and more. In addition to running the ’55 Exchange, Clemson students also designed and oversaw the installation of an Ice Cream Innovation Lab in Newman Hall in 2017.
The Flying Tigers, officially called the 1st American Volunteer Group, were pilots who flew and supported strategic missions in the Pacific theater during World War II. The squadron’s pilots flew Curtiss P-40 Warhawks, all-metal fighters and ground-attack airplanes, painted with a menacing shark-mouth designs that eventually became iconic. Twenty of their pilots qualified as “aces” because of their unmatched skill in air-to-air combat.
The ’55 Exchange supports the efforts of T4T, Tigers United University Consortium – Clemson and local small business owners.
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