Here’s the inside scoop on the flavor we created to celebrate the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.
I think it was after game 2 that my Aunt posted a comment on one of my pictures that she would love to see a Dodger flavor. I thought, well that might be really cool, but how quickly could we do this? What would it be? What if they lost?
I contacted the person who creates our flavors and asked if she had time to create something. She said she did, so then, what flavor? We wanted it to be something Dodger related and also blue.
She knew of blue spirulina which is great because it’s healthy…but the company that sold it was in Sweden. I ordered it immediately because I knew time was of essence as we were still trying to figure this out. Shipping was going to take at least a week. Would it get here in time? It depended on how long the series went, who won, etc.
I asked people at my day job what would be a good Dodgers flavor. We obviously weren’t going to do hot dogs, and a lot of not very soft Serve friendly flavors were mentioned, but then someone said popcorn. I kind of liked that and mentioned it to Megan who does the flavors, and she liked it too. She mentioned maybe doing a cracker jacks flavor to make it more interesting, so that was the plan.
She worked on the flavor last weekend. We didn’t even get to run it through the machine for testing this time, because there was no time. But when would the blue spirulina come? And would the Dodgers win?
It came the day of game 7. If it had come earlier, we probably would’ve had it available earlier, but I thought it’s okay. If Dodgers win Game 7, we could have it the next day to celebrate. That would be pretty cool. But would they win???
I’m born and raised in Los Angeles so I grew up with the Dodgers. My family would go to one game a year when I was a kid and although I don’t really watch sports (although I went through a huge Lakers phase years ago), I’m always routing for them. But I was never routing for them harder than that night. Not only because I wanted them to win, but because we put a lot of work into this flavor.
So, we all know what happened. They lost game 7. At the same time they were playing game 7, Megan and I were playing in the kitchen with the blue spirulina to get the right color and final recipe. We had 3 gal ready to go…and they lost 😦
What do I do? Do I run the flavor anyway? Do I dump it? What do I say if we run it?
I didn’t know what to do. I actually had a morning meeting at the store the next day, so I decided I would sleep on it and figure it out in the morning.
I still didn’t know. It got to 11am and I had to decide. I decided it was worth running anyway. Not only because it was a super cool flavor that we wanted people to try, but also because the World Series had united L.A. and plus the awesome series was worth celebrating.
So we put it in the machine and went for it. So far, the response has been really positive. We are keeping it for the whole weekend too. I’m glad we went for it. It would’ve been way more cool if they won, but it’s still pretty sweet.
Peanuts & Cracker Jacks
Swirling with Vanilla Harmony