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San Marcos chocolate ice cream makers nab national award

Tania Thorne
Sarah and Chris Wynn, owners of Wynston's Ice Cream Co. in San Marcos, Calif., each hold a cup of their specialty ice creams. January 28, 2022.

Wynston's Ice Cream Co. in San Marcos has only been open for a year and a half.

Feeling like they still had a lot to learn, shop owners Chris and Sarah Wynn sent their chocolate ice cream to the National Ice Cream Retailers Association awards hoping for some good feedback.

They ended up getting the top award.

“We were shocked and surprised that we got the highest award possible," Chris Wynn said. "They rate all the ice creams, the grade out goes to Cornell University where they do a lot of testing and we got the blue ribbon, which is the highest award. One of only four ice cream shops in the entire country to earn it."

Chris Wynn said some heavy chocolate R&D went into the final product.

“I have this little notebook where I do all my testing and my recipes," he said. "The first third of that notebook is just chocolate."

San Marcos chocolate ice cream one of the best in the nation

The shop also offers other unique flavors and dairy free and vegan options. Chris Wynn said a flavor he calls "midnight munchies" is his personal favorite right now.

Here's how he describes it: "A pretzel infused ice cream, so it has a little bit of saltiness to it. We added a salted caramel swirl, then we take potato chips, Ritz crackers, and pretzels and kind of break them up and coat them in butter and sugar and toss that in the ice cream."

To celebrate the national recognition, Wynston's on Saturday will be giving out free scoops of the award winning chocolate flavor with every purchase.