By Bethany Kemming
With cheers and shouts from their co-workers, family members and Two Scoops customers, Miranda Yates and Hudson Towler competed and failed to finish the Two Scoops Tornado Challenge in 30 minutes June 19.
The Tornado, a 20-scoop sundae listed at a price of $29.95, comes complete with five shots of hot fudge, five shots of whip cream and cherries on top. Although 24 people before Towler and Yates have tried to chase it down, no one has been able to finish it on their own.
Yates and Towler are Two Scoops employees and decided to compete against each other to be the first to finish the Tornado Challenge. Yates said the competition was Towler’s idea.
“I had to show Hudson that I can do it,” Yates said before the competition.
When choosing what flavors to include in the 20 scoops, Towler avoided all cherry flavors and Yates opted for more Italian ice than ice cream. Aside from these variations, the two had almost every Two Scoops flavor.
“I don’t know what that was, but I don’t like it,” Towler said through mouthfuls of different flavors during the competition.
The competition began around 1 p.m. and the two bickered back and forth from separate tables between bites of ice cream and brain freeze headaches. Twenty minutes into the competition, Yates said she regretted the decision to compete. Both Towler and Yates complained of getting cold and said the worst part was getting to the flavors they didn’t like.
When asked if she would challenge Towler again, Yates said: “Not like this…I’m not going to challenge Hudson again.”
Although Towler and Yates didn’t eat anything all day prior to the challenge, neither one was able to eat the entire sundae in 30 minutes.
Two Scoops owner Rick Ritter said the closest any customers have ever come were three middle school girls that finished it between them.
“Divide and conquer, that was their strategy,” Ritter said.
Towler’s mother Kathie Towler was there to cheer him on.
“I was optimistic, that kid puts away ice cream…but you can’t eat ice cream that fast without the consequences,” she said. “He’s the youngest of four, he’s got something to prove.”
Towler said her son usually opts to pay more and double the free pint of ice cream that comes with his Two Scoops paycheck, but she doesn’t anticipate he’ll be doing that in the near future.
Although he couldn’t finish the sundae, Hudson said, “I would recommend this to every living soul on the planet that loves ice cream.”
If anyone ever does complete the Tornado Challenge, Ritter said they will get their picture on the wall of Two Scoops. The Tornado has been on Two Scoops’ menu since it opened in October 2010.
Two Scoops advertised the challenge on it Facebook page prior to the event, and Ritter said he told many members of the Anoka community. Despite the “Main Street Makeover,” Ritter said business hasn’t been affected, even when Second Avenue was blocked off. In honor of the renovations on Main Street, Two Scoops recently introduced a Main Street Mud Sundae.