Local girl hopes to advance in national Jif contest
Updated On: Feb 07 2014 09:01:59 AM CST
A South Whitehall Township girl is proudly representing the Lehigh Valley and getting national attention for her creation in the kitchen.
Online voters have a chance to help her advance in a contest that could mean big bucks and a trip to the Big Apple.
"It's the crunchy, creamy, dreamy finger sandwich," said 12-year-old Leah Toomey. "I really like the dish so it's really easy to get real excited about it."
She is in the top 10 for the Jif Most Creative Sandwich Contest.
"It has peanut butter, chocolate, heavy whipping cream, dulce de leche, which is kind of like caramel, and crushed up pretzels and lady fingers," said Leah. "We did a lot of testing and we kept having to re-do it and we just started from scratch and just kept making it better and better."
Leah's mom, Diane, said, "Creating the sandwich kind of gave us a chance to work together with her ideas and my ideas."
The top five will go to New York City and one winner will get a $25,000 college fund. The four runners-up will get a $2,500 college fund.
"You're always trying to figure out paying for college and we have actually four kids so that would make it all the better," said Diane.
Leah was in this contest two years ago and she and her mom have high hopes this time around.
"Now we're kind of just looking for the next step and hoping for more people to vote," said Diane.
Voting ends at 11:59 a.m. Friday, February 7.
To vote for Leah's concoction, go the the Jif website.
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