"It is possible to die from eating. But I think to be professional means you don't die." (Takeru Kobayashi)

Saturday, August 11, 2007


Today we gathered outside Harrisburg for the first annual Brusters Ice Cream Eating Contest. The weather was perfect weather and the crowd was lively. All in all, is was a good contest and a great job by the Brusters staff.

It was a 12 minute event, and each eater was given a quart (two pints) of premium vanilla ice cream. After each eater finished his or her quart, they were given a pint and another pint until time expired. The winner ate 6-and-a-half pints and won a half gallon of ice cream a week for one year. The use of water or any other liquids was NOT ALLOWED.

Beau's girlfriend, Katie (who also helped Beau with his scraps at Denny's) is "totally in love with ice cream" so she entered the contest with me. I told her if she beat me, I'd give her $100. Believe it or not, she almost earned it. She'd go on to finish 9th out of 17 (she ate just over 3 pints), beating one other woman and 7 other men. I'd finish 5th with about 4-and-a-half-pints (just over half a gallon). Obviously I'm not happy with that. Anything less than first place in any amateur contest is a let down, but oh well.

Here we see Katie in the final seconds of the contest. Her empty quart and one empty pint are in front of her. I'm really impressed with how well she did. She talked a lot of smack before the contest about her eating skills and she backed it up. We were given cheap metal spoons, but she used a wooden spoon and I brought a larger metal spoon.

Here I am looking tough for the camera. In other photos (linked below) I look a lot less tough. My tongue, cheeks and the inside of my lips were numb after the first three minutes. Halfway through my fourth pint I spotted swirls of what looked like brown or red in my vanilla. For a few seconds I thought some chocolate ice cream had gotten into the pint until I looked on my spoon and realized it was blood. Seems I'd bit my lip and, because it was numb, I didn't realize it. About five seconds later I bit it again.

A full set of pics can be seen here.


Blogger Carey said...

good job though, Dave. However, I noticed you wearing a Mets hat, and a RATM shirt, I'm guessing? Where is the UEPa gear? I say this because yesterday I walked around in a UEPa shirt, and both me and Ian wore the hats during the competition. WTF?

10:05 AM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

I thought about wearing my UEPa colors, but I didn't want to scare everyone by making them think I was a pro. Ha ha, right?

7:23 PM

Blogger Carey said...

here you go, Dave, check out these pics

8:50 AM

Blogger Liz said...

Those pictures are great. Can't we get Katie on board for Krystals or something?

5:46 PM

Blogger The Rahn Family said...

You bit your lip, that is so funny! I did not even know that you needed to use your teeth for eating ice cream. I guess that is why I don't participate in eating contests, I would do it all wrong. LOL :)

4:41 PM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

Yeah, you sort of have to chew it if you're taking giant bites. Also some of the ice cream in the pints was pretty hard. In my haste I may have also mashed my lip with my metal spoon. Who knows.

5:29 PM


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