1. Chilly treat.
Scientists can make ice cream in five minutes.
Liquid nitrogen rapidly freezes the creamy ingredients with no cranking and no ice-and-rock salt mixtures.
“Instant ice cream” will be among the research projects presented by Everett Community College science and engineering students from 1 to 4 p.m. June 11 at Henry M. Jackson Conference Center, 2000 Tower St., Everett. Free.
In addition to liquid nitrogen ice cream, students will explain how they made science-y stuff like slime, a water bottle rocket and a 20-gallon tank of “Oobleck” (a goo inspired by a Dr. Seuss book).
Vote for their favorite project; the top five vote-getters win prizes.
More at www.everettcc.edu/news.
2. Berry treat.
Maybe you don’t want a brain freeze. Try some shortcake instead.
Stuff your face with it, even.
Marysville Strawberry Festival, which kicked off its 88th year Saturday, will have a strawberry shortcake-eating contest at 1 p.m. June 15 at Asbery Field, on Fourth Street and Alder Avenue. For ages 5 and up. Registration is $3 for kids and $5 for adults.
The festival, which continues through June 16, includes carnival rides, a talent show, market and a parade.
Sign-up for the shortcake-eating contest at www.maryfest.org/shortcake.
3. Vegan treat.
If you don’t eat gelatin, dairy or gluten, we’ve got you covered.
Pick up a bag of vegan marshmallows at stores like Trader Joe’s in Everett or Lynnwood and Whole Foods in Lynnwood. These ‘mallows will give you that plant-based sugar fix you’ve been craving.
Think of them as a healthful-ish surprise for the campfire this summer.
— Evan Thompson, Herald writer