by Samantha Stark & Shelley Sibley
The opening day of Scheels Field on Sept. 3 became a memorable day for Dragon football, with the team commencing their season with a 42–17 win. But an element that shouldn’t be overlooked is Gramma Ginna’s Deli and Fudge Shop’s original fudge creation, lovingly concocted by a 2010 graduate specifically for the opening game.
One of the three managers at Fargo’s Gramma Ginna’s, MSUM alumna Jenna Gerszewski originated the treat in celebration of the Dragons and their new Scheels Field.
“I was so excited that my spur-of-the-moment idea became a reality so fast and had the excitement of so many people with it,” Gerszewski said.
Being an alumna still in the area, Gerszewski said she always wished she could do more to help support the Dragons. So when Gamma Ginna’s event coordinator asked about buying tickets for the opening game, she pitched the idea of creating a unique fudge flavor for the MSUM event.
“I love my Dragons and have always wished [Scheels] could do more with them,” she said.
As MSUM’s school colors are often crowded out by gold and green, Gerszewski wanted to incorporate the Dragon’s flame red into her dessert.
“Dragon Layers has red velvet fudge on the bottom with a layer of red velvet brownies,” she said. “The middle has cookies ‘n cream fudge topped off with a layer of dark chocolate fudge.”
The entire Gramma Ginna’s team concocted several ingredient options which MSUM students and fans voted on via social media to decide the official Dragon Layers flavor.
“We tried out a vanilla swirl with crushed fireball candies and chocolate, raspberry with brownie bites, vanilla with hot tamale candies, and our final winner,” Gerszewski said, adding they always came back to the red velvet, dark chocolate and cookies and cream flavor.
The treat was a limited-time offer on Sheel’s Field’s opening day Sept. 3, but one can try several other fudge flavors at Scheel’s Gramma Ginna’s or visit scheels.com.