Gayler wrote in her contest application that the flavor is meant to honor the troops and is dedicated to her grandfather, a World War II veteran, who would "always order vanilla with strawberry or cherry" topping.
Utahns can help Gayler win the contest by voting for "Thank You Troops" at baskinrobbins.com/flavorcreator. Deadline is Thursday, Jan. 17. Currently her ice cream is in fifth place behind a chocolate ice cream called "Hunky D'Oreo" and a cake batter with fudge concoction called "Give Me a BR-AKE"
The winning ice cream will be a Flavor of the Month later this year. Its creator also will receive a trip for two to Los Angeles to meet members of the Baskin-Robbins culinary team and spend a day helping to bring their virtual flavor to life.