The Return of the Ice Cream Machine

On October 22nd, State High opened a soft serve machine in the snack bar. The combination of twist with sprinkles has been one of the most popular selections from the new soft serve machine. “It’s been a very big hit, [and] great success,” Ms. Debbie Way, cafeteria worker, said.

Johannah Lee

On October 22nd, State High opened a soft serve machine in the snack bar. The combination of twist with sprinkles has been one of the most popular selections from the new soft serve machine. “It’s been a very big hit, [and] great success,” Ms. Debbie Way, cafeteria worker, said.

Johannah Lee, Staff Writer

State College Area High School once lived in luxury with an ice cream machine in the South Building Cafeteria. When construction began and the South Building was downgraded, the machine was moved to the North Building Cafeteria. The availability of this treat was put on hold when the student body and staff moved into the new building. The move occurred during the Christmas break of 2017. State High had been without the snack for just under a year and a half. As of October 22nd, the machine was brought back to life. 

To start, the snack bar offered vanilla, chocolate, and twist in a compostable bowl or cone. Since then, they have added sprinkles as a topping option. A cookie-ice cream sandwich has also been added to the menu. A popular addition to the ice cream among teachers is a cinnamon roll. Debbie Way, a cafeteria worker, talked about the options when the machine was in the North Building; “We would take that brownie … and we would crumple that up and then put ice cream on it.”

“As long as they have money in their account,” Way said, “we’ll do about anything.” The most popular combinations are dishes of chocolate and vanilla twist with sprinkles. 

The ice cream machine has been a huge hit among State High students and staff. According to Way, it is estimated to serve 450 to 500 servings of the soft serve per day, along with an estimated 45 to 50 cookie-ice cream sandwiches per day. On the first day of the return of the ice cream machine, the lines were backed up almost to the IT office. “We’ll never get through the day,” Way said. The snack bar was sold out of ice cream by the end of the first day of sales and has maintained a steady popularity.

The arrival of the machine has been long awaited among juniors and seniors who had it in the North Building. “I really like it. It’s really good, and it’s cheap and it’s just a fun treat to get every now and then,” junior Nicole Zeiler said. 

Seniors are excited for it to be back just in time for their last year here at State High. “I missed the ice cream,” senior Scott Bartram says. Although the machine took a brief hiatus for the construction of the new high school, with it’s placement in the snack bar, it appears to be here to stay.

 

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