Republican congressional candidate Richard Snelgrove met with President Reagan and Vice President Bush this week as part of a party-sponsored workshop for contenders in key races.

During their brief chat Wednesday, Snelgrove said Reagan showed a special interest in the Snelgrove family's ice cream business.

"The president said, `Can you make jelly bean ice cream?' I said, `If you'll go campaigning door to door with me, maybe we could make a deal,' " Snelgrove said.

Besides a chuckle, the candidate said he also received an endorsement from the president. Bush also endorsed Snelgrove.

Snelgrove's race to wrest the state's 2nd District congressional seat from Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, has been targeted for special attention by the Republican National Congressional Committee.

The committee invited Snelgrove and other Republican challengers to Democratic incumbents in Congress back to Washington for five days of meetings with GOP leaders that included advice on campaign strategy.