A sweet treat benefitting conservation gets our “seal of approval”

Whidbey Island Ice Cream "Seal of Approval" ice cream barThe Seattle Aquarium is excited to announce that we recently partnered with Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company on a new sea salted caramel ice cream bar! The ice cream, which has received the Aquarium’s “Seal of Approval” will be available in a variety of local stores and in our very own Aquarium café. A portion of the proceeds from each bar sold will support conservation and educational programming at the Aquarium. We have to admit, we got an early taste and they are quite yummy!

Made with all-natural and locally sourced products, Whidbey Island Ice Cream shares the Aquarium’s commitment toward sustainability and conserving our marine environment. We recently sat down with Steve Rosen, co-owner of Whidbey Island Ice Cream, to learn more about his company and why they are supporting the Seattle Aquarium.

Question: Why have you decided to make an ice cream bar in support of the Seattle Aquarium?
Steve: Well, given that the location where we make our ice cream is literally on an island, we have a big interest in how the waters that surround us are protected and looked after. The Seattle Aquarium’s mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment felt like a perfect fit for our desire to help make our own impact.

Question: Can you share with us Whidbey Island Ice Cream’s commitment to sustainability?
Steve: We deeply value our natural environment and want to make sure we are sourcing sustainable ingredients in all of our ice creams. Our cream is sourced from the Lochmead Dairy whose cream is GMO- and hormone-free (rBST/rBGH) and uses organic cane sugar. The farm has 620 free-range Holstein cows that generate enough electricity through methane recycling to power 300 local homes annually. The process has reduced their carbon emissions by 26 percent!

We are also thrilled to partner with San Juan Sea Salt Company. Their salt is solar evaporated and hand harvested in unheated hoop-houses—making the process completely driven by the sun. Most salt is created by boiling seawater which can take as much as two pounds of liquid fuel to create one pound of salt, a very energy intensive process.

Question: What has been your favorite part of creating “Seal of Approval” ice cream bars?
Steve: It has been amazing to work in collaboration with the dedicated team at the Aquarium and to experience firsthand how deeply they live their mission. I’ve enjoyed learning about all of the great programming the Aquarium offers throughout our community and it has been fun coming up creative names and recipes for the different ice cream products we are working on together. Whether people are active supporters of the Aquarium or simply ice cream bar lovers we are glad that every time they buy one of the sea salted caramel ice cream bars they will know they will be helping support our region’s beloved Aquarium.

Question: Where will be able to get our hands on one of these delicious ice cream bars?
Steve: Keep your eyes out for our cool new packaging in more than 200 stores throughout the Puget Sound region. Some of the major stores include QFC, Metropolitan Market, PCC and Central Co-Op.

As a special treat during some of the Diving Santa shows taking place on November 30 and December 1, 7 and 10, visitors will have a chance to win free samples of our new Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company’s “Seal of Approval” ice cream bars. Please consider joining us so you can get your picture with underwater Santa! Proceeds support the Aquarium’s DreamNight, a special evening where people with disabilities, injuries or chronic illnesses and their families can enjoy the Aquarium in a quiet, crowd-free environment.

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