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Kate creates a new ice cream flavor

Kate Becomes Tastemaster at Cold Stone

“ The money raised from the social will help grant wishes for other children. ”

The Cold Stone Creamery 2010 “World’s Largest Ice Cream Social” looms large on Kate’s calendar. A year earlier, she enjoyed the Cold Stone Creation that a Make-A-Wish® kid helped concoct for the occasion.

But this year, the fate of the Creation is in Kate’s hands. Make-A-Wish® and Cold Stone Creamery granted her wish to be the Junior Tastemaster – a chance to work alongside Tastemaster Ray Karam. It all starts with her creativity and her tastebuds.

At Cold Stone headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., Kate and Ray brainstorm, sample, debate, gather opinions. Hours earlier, Kate arrived to find a personal assistant and official desk space, complete with a name plaque and pink accessories. Hundreds of Cold Stone employees greeted her.

Then she and Ray got to work on her long list of ideas, paring it down to only the best. They put their short list of concoctions to the test: Thirty Cold Stone employees vote on their work … and pick caramel-apple ice cream with extra apples, graham crackers and chocolate flakes as the winner. Kate notifies senior executives before attending a marketing meeting to discuss public-relations initiatives for promoting the new flavor.

In addition to the honor of having her Creation tasted by millions of customers, Kate’s wish is extraordinary because the money raised from the social will help grant wishes for other children.

And when Kate returns home to Florida, she has more than memories: Ray has six gallons of her flavor waiting.



  • Behind the stone: Tastemaster Ray Karam teaches Kate how to scoop ice cream like a pro.

  • Behind the stone: Kate learns how to add mix-ins to a Creation.

  • Behind the stone: Ray, Kate and her sister Emma share a laugh together.

  • Kate is the picture of concentration as she adds chocolate sauce to her mint Creation.

  • Behind the stone: Ray and Kate ponder their next move.

  • Behind the stone: Ray watches as Kate chooses from the wide array of mix-in options.

  • Behind the stone: Ray and Kate pause for a photo opp.

  • Behind the stone: Ray is all ears as Kate shares her delicious ideas.

  • In the office: Cold Stone employees listen to Kate’s input at the marketing meeting.

  • In the kitchen: Kate instructs Emma on the correct way to cut brownies.

  • In the office: Kate is hard at work in her own personalized work space.

  • In the office: Kate, official Junior Tastemaster, peers out of her official cubicle.

  • Taking a break: Kate and her family pose with a few people who sampled her Creation.

  • Taking a break: Kate and her family, sharing the joy of Kate’s wish.

  • Celebrating after making the official Creation for the World’s Largest Ice Cream Social

  • In the office: Kate reviews ideas from the marketing and public relations executives.

  • In the office: Cold Stone employees listen to Kate’s input at the marketing meeting.

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August 16, 2010 - 9:55 AM


Great job Kate! Can't wait for the "big day"!!

September 11, 2010 - 10:11 AM

looking forward to kate's delicious creation! [m]

September 21, 2010 - 10:13 AM

Emily and Rileigh

We think that it is very inspiring that you would like to share your ice cream creation with many people. We think its cool that you went to Arizona to the Cold Stone Creamery to make your creation.

September 24, 2010 - 10:57 AM


Kate, you are an amazing young girl. I am excited to share this with fellow workers, family and friends. Thank you!!

September 28, 2010 - 10:59 AM


Kate, I tried your flavor tonight. What a great flavor!! I love it, and I don't usually even like ice cream. You did a fabulous job creating that one. Not too sweet, not too tart, it was just PERFECT!! Thank you Kate. You're a fantastic Tastemaster, WOW! Love and hugs.

September 30, 2010 - 11:00 AM


Kate, my buddy Amiri and I just ate your ice cream! We think it's fabulous! Congratulations on a job well done!

September 30, 2010 - 11:01 AM


Sounds yummy Kate....carmel apples are on of my favorite things, well done!

September 30, 2010 - 11:02 AM

Tania and Rylyn

Kate...we tried your ice cream and it was delicious...We hope you enjoyed every minute of your wish!!! Stay strong and know you are surrounded by people who are keeping you in their thoughts!

September 30, 2010 - 11:03 AM


Nice job Kate!! Have fun!!! :D

September 30, 2010 - 11:04 AM


wow, I was teary eyed reading this story what an amazing experience for a young person! To feel and be treated as a excutive CEO is something to brag about!! thank you Kate I can't wait to make a donation in your honor and taste this WONDERFUL creation you have put together for us!

September 30, 2010 - 11:05 AM

Ahren and Sara

Kate, it's so wonderful that you had such a generous thought and wish to share with everyone. You have an excellent taste in ice cream by the way. It was DE-licious! Here's a pic of us enjoying it. :) Thank you again from both of us.

October 19, 2010 - 11:06 AM


Bieng an ice cream lover myself as well as a volunteer for the Make-A-Wish foundation of Suffolk County, NY, I was especially moved after reading about this wish. I am now headed out the door for some ice cream!

October 29, 2010 - 11:07 AM

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