A velvety, luscious homemade ice cream called “Banana Tofana,” by Amoret Cain of The GG Cain Company won Killis Melton’s 2012 Ice Cream Crank-Off for best overall and best gourmet ice cream.

Cain and her husband GG started a custom home-building company that has become one of the most highly respected in the area. She is a graduate of Leadership McKinney and a member of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce.

On June 9, Chestnut Square Historic Village in McKinney invited the public to kick off the summer with homemade ice cream during the annual ice cream crank-off.

The event allows Chestnut Square to fulfill its mission of preserving and perpetuating the heritage of Collin County. In 1995, Killis Melton and Clyde Geer launched the first ice cream crank-off in McKinney.

Melton took the idea of chili cook-offs and applied it to homemade ice cream, thinking it would be a fun, cool way to celebrate summer. Since then, the crank-off has been featured on the Food Network and in national magazines.

In 2006, the Doc & Clyde's Ice Cream Freezer Museum found a home in McKinney, boasting the largest collection of ice cream freezers in the world.
In 2008, when Geer retired and closed his popular antique store in downtown McKinney, the Doc & Clyde's Ice Cream Museum and Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off moved to Chestnut Square Historic Village.

This year's event offered music, ice cream crankers, Henry's Homemade Ice Cream, sausage on a stick from Local Yocal, hot dogs from Market Street, free magic shows, old-fashioned kid's activities, inflatables, "make your own ice cream," face painting, magic shows and carnival games.

The 2012 crank-off winners are as follows:

  • Best Overall winner: Banana Tofana by Amoret Cain
  • Gourmet: Banana Tofana by Amoret Cain
  • Fruit: Native Texas Dewberry by Allen Handley
  • Chocalate:  Organo Gold Chocolate Almond Café by Ron Sutter
  • You Made What?: Minced Meats by Paul Edwards
  • Blank & Nut: Almond Joy by Laura Duckworth
  • Under 12 (New Category in 2012): Gummie Bear by Claudia Duckworth
  • Vanilla: Flip Flop Mama Vanilla by Lu Geer
  • People’s Choice: Peachy Keen by Pam Farley and Lali Miles

Sitting in the shade listening to Mustang Swing and snacking on ice cream was a great way to spend a windy, hot June day in McKinney. The Farmers Market was packed with a friendly crowd eager to sample ice cream and cast a vote for their favorite.

Congratulations to the winners!