West Knoxville cafe challenges eaters to the Rocky Top Challenge

West Knoxville cafe challenges eaters to the Rocky Top Challenge sundae

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"I just believe that homemade food and home cooking is so comforting," said owner Kim Wilcox. "I just believe that homemade food and home cooking is so comforting," said owner Kim Wilcox.
The menu features unique menu items like the 5-alarm grilled cheese stuffed with jalapeños. The menu features unique menu items like the 5-alarm grilled cheese stuffed with jalapeños.
Photographer Dave Raborn felt his confidence dwindle as he continued through the challenge. Photographer Dave Raborn felt his confidence dwindle as he continued through the challenge.

By KRISTIN FARLEY 
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - From their Tennessee-based ice cream masterpiece to the 5-alarm grilled cheese stuffed with jalapenos, the menu at "It's All So Yummy Cafe" is full of fresh and creative dishes.

The Knoxville-area, family-owned cafe takes pride its homemade creations.

"I just believe that homemade food and home cooking is so comforting," said owner Kim Wilcox. "It tastes so much better and we use a lot of seasonal products."

Wilcox and her husband Wade stand by their belief in homemade, even updating customers on their ever changing daily soup selections every day on Facebook

"All our soups are made from scratch," Kim added. "We don't start with a base, it's all made from scratch."

But for many people, the cafe is all about the ice cream. 

The owners said it's the way they make each flavor that makes their product stand out. 

"What's great about the Hilton Head's ice cream machine, it's designed to suck out as much air and water, " said Wade. "The product is really a dense, premium ice cream."

When the owners took over the business a year ago, they made it a point to keep the popular ice cream, but added their own flair with flavors like pina colada and even a hot sauce ice cream.  

"We do serve on the menu a lot of hot foods," Kim said, "I like really spicy food."

But their boldest menu item has true Tennessee roots and has nothing to do with spicy food.  

It's the Rocky Top Challenge sundae: one hour, one person and 16 scoops of ice cream.  

Kim said some customers even prepare in advance for the task.

"I don't know how you train to do it. Do you it gallons of ice cream at a time?" asked Kim. "They say they are in training, so we will see. I doubt anyone can finish it."

With that in mind, two 6 News crew members took the challenge, watching more than 16 scoops of ice cream, whipped cream, bananas, brownies, marshmallows, marshmallow cream, crushed cone pieces, orange slice candies, candy corn, chocolate sauce, caramel, and more piled into a giant bowl. 

6 News Anchor Kristin Farley took a few bites for fun, before handing it off to photographer Dave Raborn.

The cold of the ice cream quickly turned the candy into hard-to-chew land mines.  Add to that a little brain freeze and the sheer magnitude of the sundae, and after 40 minutes Raborn was forced to throw in the towel, despite his best efforts.

Anyone who finishes the Rocky Top Challenge, gets their picture placed on the wall next to Peyton Manning and Phillip Fulmer as well as bragging rights. The dessert is also free.

For anyone who doesn't finish, the sundae is $49.  It's worth noting, customers can pick their own flavors and get help from a pinch eater for that price!

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