Science: Sweet-Potato Ice Cream

A bright new future for the sweet potato was revealed in Alabama last week. At Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Lamar Minis Ware, professor of horticulture, demonstrated a surprising array of new concoctions he had produced from sweet potatoes¬ócandy bars, taffy, cookies, breakfast foods, ice-cream flavoring, piecrust flour, milk shakes.

His product, "Alayam," the result of two years' work, is a dehydrated form of the vegetable. It is golden brown, crunchy, tastes like caramel taffy. From this basic substance Potatoman Ware has developed some 20 varieties of food, ranging from flakes to a solid bar.

As candy, Alayam is combined with peanuts, pecans, coconut or...

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