Why is MAD Greens involved with MuckFest® MS Denver?
“Joining together is the only way to fight this unpredictable, often debilitating disease. We want to help provide the much-needed financial and personal support for those living with MS,” said MAD Greens Co-Founder Marley Hodgson.
MAD Green’s dedication and passion for the National MS Society was truly evident at MuckFest MS. You could feel it as you visited their festival tent, where they distributed delicious salads and wraps to our participants and volunteers. You could feel it when members of the MAD Greens organization took on the course as part of team Mucky McMuckface.
Thank you for your passion! READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE.
Quote obtained from original story by MAD Greens.
At MuckFest® MS, it doesn’t matter if you show up in a tutu, a wig, or a speedo (ooh la la). We are all there to get muddy and muck it up to help end MS forever! In fact, most of our teams wear matching shirts with quirky team names, awesome designs, and even tributes to loved ones who live with MS. Team shirts are a great way to show off your team’s motivation for coming out to MuckFest MS (and getting mud in places you never thought mud would be).
Check out some of our favorite team shirts so far this year from Boston, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Denver! After, don’t forget to #ShareYourShirt with us on social media. You might even find your team’s shirt on Instagram or in our next blog post!
We’re excited to introduce our very own MuckFest MS dessert that you can make right at home! Get ready for a post-muck treat of Almond Dacquoise Ice Cream Sandwiches with homemade Caramel Ice Cream! Don’t know what Dacquoise means? Don’t worry, neither did we! But we can guarantee that these layers of almond cake (yum, Dacquoise!) with delicious caramel ice cream in the middle will leave you happy and reaching for another.
Each year, Chicago Pastry Chef Aaron Manuyag creates a MuckFest® MS inspired dessert. Aaron is a mucker, pastry chef and baker. He trained at the French Pastry School in Chicago before going on to work in kitchens in Beverly Hills, Orlando, Phoenix and Chicago. He is currently part of the pastry team at Chicago’s Loews Hotel.
This year’s recipe is for Almond Dacquoise Ice Cream Sandwiches with homemade Caramel Ice Cream.
The treats are easy to make and gluten-free, but you will need an ice cream maker. Puck the Muck Duck shaped cookie-cutters are optional.
Caramel ice cream
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Water – 1/2 cup
- Whole milk – 2 cups
- Cream – 2 cups
- Milk powder – 2 tbsp
- Egg yolk – 1 each
- Salt – ½ teaspoon
Place water and sugar in a small pot. Stir the mixture together so all the sugar is wet, but be careful not to get any sugar on the sides of the pot. Cook this sugar syrup to a medium amber color – it will look like it’s beginning to get a golden foam on top!
Turn off the heat and immediately stir in the milk and cream. Be careful, this might bubble and splash. Once all the cream has been added, stir in the milk powder, salt and egg yolk. Bring the mixture to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
Strain the mixture into a container. Then fill a larger container halfway with an ice and water mixture. Set the ice cream base container into the ice bath and let it cool completely before storing and resting overnight.
Spin the ice cream base in whichever ice cream maker you have. Cuisinart works great!
- Whole almonds – 1 and 2/3 cup
- Confectioners’ sugar – 1 cup
- 5 egg whites
- Sugar – 1/3 cup
Put the whole almonds and powdered sugar into a food processor and blend it till the almonds are broken up but still chunky, you don’t want to turn it into a powder.
Crack your egg whites fresh, do not use boxed egg whites. Using a mixer with a whisk attachment, begin to whip your whites on medium low. When it becomes a little frothy, add the sugar slowly, then turn the mixer up on high and let it whip to medium peaks (about 90 seconds).
Put your almond and powdered sugar mixture into a large bowl. With a spatula, take one third of the eggs whites and add it to the almond mixture. Combine them until it is completely together, don’t worry about deflating the whites for this first part but be gentle for the rest of the whites. Then take another third of the whites and fold into the nuts but only mix it 3/4 of the way. Then add the rest of the whites and fold it all together so it’s all combined.
Split the mixture into two baking pans of equal shape and size approximately 9″ x 13″. Use parchment sprayed with nonstick spray. Spread the mixture evenly and flat. Bake at 350 Fahrenheit until it is golden brown and pulling away from the sides of the pan.
Ice Cream Sandwich Assembly
After the Dacquoise is completely cooled, pour the freshly made ice cream onto one pan of the Dacquoise.
Spread the ice cream evenly then flip the other Dacquoise on top of the ice cream, creating a sandwich.
Freeze immediately overnight or until it is frozen solid. Cut into squares or use a cookie cutter to get the desired shape. If you don’t plan on eating them immediately, wrap them in plastic wrap so they don’t taste like your freezer food.
We are excited to host a guest blog post from our National MuckFestival Sponsor, the Traveler Beer Company!
You’ve successfully raised a bunch of money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, filled your tutu with a significant amount of mud, leapt onto Crash Landing, and rang the bell for a world free of MS – now what?! Well, we here at Traveler Beer, the official craft beer sponsors of MuckFest® MS, think it’s high time for a cold, refreshing Shandy! Disclaimer: if you’re 21+, of course!
If you’re not familiar with Traveler Beer, we make a variety of super refreshing Shandys. Our beers are a blend of carefully crafted American wheat ales with fresh and refreshing ingredients. What ingredients, you may ask? Well, that depends on what type of Traveler you are.
Over the summer, we’re pouring two different citrusy Shandys:
Are you a grapefruit fan? With our Grapefruit Shandy, you don’t need the bowls, knives and mini spoons to enjoy the ruby fruit. This is a deceptively delicious wheat beer that delivers a bright and satisfying citrus aroma and flavor, with a smooth, refreshing finish.
Or are you more of a lemon person? Try a Curious Traveler. This beer, our original Shandy, is our take on a classic European Shandy that has been brewed for generations. We started with an American craft wheat ale, which delivers a crisp, light body, and then added fresh lemon and just a touch of lime to bring out a juicy, citrus aroma and flavor. Simply put, we think Curious Traveler is “Quite a Refresher!”
Curious is our summer seasonal, so catch it while you can, and our Grapefruit Shandy is available year-round in bottles, cans and on draft! To find where you can purchase a Traveler in your neck of the woods, click here!
At MuckFest MS, whether you get some serious air or just belly flop off, the Swing Set is sure to get you laughing and wishing they made playgrounds only for adults!
MuckFest® MS Denver is next weekend, so Puck put together a list of his favorite places to play when he’s not rolling around in the mud or soaring over the mountains in The Mile-High City.
Let yourself be a tourist for the day and check out Denver’s coolest landmark; Red Rocks Amphitheatre!
This rock structure seconds as a concert arena, movie theater, and at one point, the home to some pre-historic guests. All of this makes the beautiful open-air theater the perfect place to explore and relax after a long day in the mud! You might even see an old footprint left behind by a dinosaur. Or you might see Puck quickly waddling past as he tries to recreate his favorite movie; Jurassic Park.
Enjoy a sugary delight after a long day in the mud at Voodoo Doughnut!
This popular 24-hour doughnut shop will give you a guaranteed sugar rush! With doughnuts decked out with anything from the likes of bacon to Captain Crunch cereal, this place is sure not to disappoint. In fact, it’s Puck’s favorite place to grab breakfast before MuckFest MS Denver. Oh, and lunch and dinner, too.
Check out the views on the Cherry Creek Trail. They may be even better than the top of Crash Landing.
Puck loves this trail so much that he used to wish that he could follow it right from his hotel in Downtown Denver to MuckFest MS Denver, and this year his wish finally came true! The Chery Creek Trail is a scenic walk or bike ride stretching all the way down to Parker, CO. So if you’re feeling really ambitious after your roll in the mud, take a walk on this gorgeous trail. You might even spot a muddy duck print.
Thought you saw some awesome stuff at MuckFest MS? Check out this iconic piece of art.
Outside of the Colorado Convention Center you can find a huge animal peering into the windows, and we aren’t talking about Puck. The 40-foot blue sculpture was erected in 2005 and is titled “I See What You Mean”, but most locals just refer to it as The Blue Bear. It’s quickly become an iconic spot for locals and tourists alike to stop and snap a picture. Now, Puck files a request for a similar statue of himself at least once a week.
Toss out those muddy clothes and upgrade your wardrobe like a true Denver fashionista in Larimer Square.
This historic square has seen many transformations in its day. Today, Larimer Square is known as the first historic district in Denver and has gone from being covered in muck to getting unmucked and pampered. So it’s fitting that it would be the perfect place for you to do the same! Puck is scouting out business fronts here so he can start selling our stylish one of a kind Muck Merch all year long!
Los Angeles mucker, Alisa, shares why playing in the mud is so important to her and the fight to end MS forever!
MuckFest® MS is a proud supporter of ALL military members and government employees. So in 2016, we began to offer all military members, first responders, and other local, state, and federal government employees the chance to save $25 on their MuckFest MS registration. For those who don’t know, GovX is an e-commerce site with a mission to “provide our military service men, women and veterans access to thousands of special offers and discounts.”
“Here at MuckFest MS, we believe those who serve our country are Mucking Awesome! Providing a discount for them to take part in our fun mud run to end MS is our way of saying thanks!” – Jim Hennessey, Director of Consumer Marketing for MuckFest MS.
Getting your discount code to save $25 is simple. Just follow the steps below:
1. If you aren’t already a member of the site GovX, your first step will be to get verified. You can do this by clicking the “Get Verified” link on the city page for the event city closest to you! Once you’re taken to the MuckFest MS page on the GovX site simply click “Sign Up” for your city.
Pro Tip: Don’t see your MuckFest MS city in the chart? The Details tab will tell you exactly when you can expect your desired city to be posted for the discount!
2. If you have a GovX account, simply log in to receive your discount code. If you’re new to the site, then click register and you’ll be asked to sign up with your email address. After providing some basic information, you’ll be ready to provide proof of your affiliation.
Pro Tip: If you opt to sign up using Facebook, you’ll get to bypass filling in the name and email portion of the new member sign up fields.
3. Now, you get to prove your identity! Simply upload your badge, pay stub, or other valid identification with appropriate affiliation to the GovX site and click continue. Now you’re a GovX member!
Pro Tip: If you don’t happen to have any documentation on you, are uncomfortable providing it, or don’t have access to a scanner, you can always opt to verify via email or phone and GovX will work with you to use other information as your proof of affiliation.
4. Now you’re ready to claim that $25 discount! Head back over to the MuckFest MS GovX page and select your desired city and you’ll receive a pop-up with the discount code you can use to register for MuckFest MS.
5. Head back over to the MuckFest MS website and follow the steps to register for your city’s event! That’s it. You’re ready to play in the mud at MuckFest MS!
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to enter your discount code before completing registration as the code from GovX isn’t automatically applied!