Standing in front of a "Snelgrove for Congress" banner and behind a "Utah Works - We feature Utah Products" poster Monday, Richard Snelgrove, part owner of Snelgrove Ice Cream, unveiled the company's newest flavor, jelly bean ice cream.
With Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, on his right and Utah Commissioner of Agriculture Miles "Cap" Ferry on his left - and with large crystal-clear canisters filled with multiflavored jelly beans all around - Snelgrove told how the ice cream came to be."I visited the White House in Washington, D.C., as part of a training session for Republican candidates," Snelgrove said. "Congressman Guy Vanderjagt (R-Michigan) introduced me to the president as Richard Snelgrove from Salt Lake City, and told him I make ice cream."
Snelgrove said the president smiled and asked if he made jelly bean ice cream.
Snelgrove said he answered no, but admitted anything was possible. "If you'll come to Salt Lake and campaign door-to-door with me, maybe we can make a deal on the ice cream."
Snelgrove said that after a great deal of thought and effort, especially on his father's part, they came up with an idea for the specialty flavor.
If the ice cream passes the taste test by selected taste testers, including Garn, Ferry, Myron Walker, chairman of the Utah Works program, and the media, the company the will ship 18 gallons to the president Tuesday, Snelgrove said.
With a firm grip on the ice cream scoop, the senior senator began dishing out ice cream filled with tangerine and cherry candies.
"It's delicious. The president will love it. . . . It contains real jelly beans - real frozen jelly beans," said Garn (who had just come from a dental appointment). The senator had the secret for eating the new delicacy - holding the frozen candy bits in his cheek until they thawed.
Snelgrove said this is not the first time the company has shipped ice cream to a president of the United States. In 1935 they provided Thanksgiving dessert for President Franklin D. Roosevelt at his summer home in Warm Springs, Ga. That shipment was arranged by Sen. Elbert Thomas of Utah.
When asked if the president was now obligated to come to Utah to campaign, Snelgrove said, "No comment."