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Beat The Summer Heat – Delicious Wisconsin Ice Cream

As the dog days of summer well and truly descend upon us here in the Upper Midwest,  there’s only one way to beat the heat: with ice cream, of course! There’s a reason July is National Ice Cream Month. This time of year, it seems like everywhere I go I see ice cream shops with lines out the door. There’s nothing quite like trying a delicious new flavor for the first time after a long day in the sweltering summer heat.

Cool off this summer with some of our delicious Wisconsinmade ice cream products.

The University of Wisconsin has been making and selling highly acclaimed gourmet ice cream for over 90 years on the campus of the University of Babcock Hall Ice CreamWisconsin-Madison. Why not try a few of the most popular flavors and see why Babcock Ice Cream has frequently been voted Best of Madison by Madison Magazine. You can now have delivered to your door fond memories of the Union Terrace and your favorite Babcock Ice Cream.

Blue Moon Ice Cream - 8 PintsCheck out a Midwestern favorite – Blue Moon Ice Cream. The Blue Moon Ice Cream is a blue, fruity flavored ice cream. Enjoy 8 pints of the Blue Moon flavor from two of Wisconsin’s most popular ice cream makers. Depending on availability, your order will be filled with Blue Moon Ice Cream from the following Wisconsin brands – Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream and Door County Ice Cream Factory. On occasion, if one of the ice cream brands is temporarily unavailable, only one brand will be shipped. A fun treat and a special gift for a birthday or any occasion.

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream - 6 pints

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream is a family-owned business established in 1962. Located in Madison, Wisconsin, the Chocolate Shoppe prides itself in manufacturing super premium ice cream. It’s super premium because it’s made with rich Wisconsin cream (with a high butterfat content), delicious natural ingredients, and no BGH additives. In addition to ice cream, the company produces sorbet, sherbet, non-fat yogurt, and no sugar added ice cream. All products offer exceptional quality and unbeatable value. A wide variety of flavors include many Wisconsin State Fair Award Winners. According to the Chocolate Shoppe, their ice cream is “not low-fat, low-calorie, or low-anything, and that’s why everyone loves it.”

Babcock Hall vs Chocolate Shoppe – Wisconsin Ice Cream Showdown

In Madison, Wisconsin we are beyond lucky to have not one, but two of the best ice cream makers in the country: Babcock Hall Dairy and The Chocolate Shoppe. The only problem is, which one do you choose? Here is breakdown of the two ice cream shops and the fabulous flavors they have to offer.


Babcock Hall Ice Cream


First Scooped In: 1951

Famous Flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Butter Pecan, Vanilla, Blue Moon (blue ice cream that tastes sort of like Fruit Loops)

My (Amanda’s) Personal Favorite: Orange Custard Chocolate Chip because orange and chocolate is an underrated combination!

Most Outrageous Flavor: Berry Alvarez- Berry ice cream with blueberry and raspberry swirl and strawberry pieces.

Mascot: Bucky Badger

Awards and Recognition:

Voted Best in Madison By Madison Magazine

Where To Find It:

  • Babcock Hall Dairy Store in Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Have it shipped to your door, anywhere in the USA, from



Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream babcock-hall-vs-chocolate-shoppe-2

First Scooped In: 1962

Famous Flavors: Old Fashioned Vanilla, Zanzabar Chocolate

Most Outrageous Flavor: Bang!! Caffeinated Ice Cream

My (Amanda’s) Personal Favorite: Mint Avalanche because I love mint chocolate chip and this is it on steroids! It has pieces of Andes mints, chocolate cookies and fudge swirl.

Mascot: A cow licking an ice cream scoop.

Awards and Recognition:

Old Fashioned French Vanilla won a blue ribbon with a pefect score in 2011 from the National Ice Cream Retails Associations.

Malt Amore (malted milk ice cream with chocolate chips and chocolate fudge swirl) was named the “Ultimate Scoop” by Food Network’s show Crave.

Where To Find It:

  • Three Madison, Wisconsin ice cream shop locations.
  • Several independently owned shops around the Midwest and beyond, see the map.
  • Have it shipped to your door, anywhere in the USA, from


Which ice cream is your favorite?





Fat Tuesday: 5 Ways To “Pig Out” Before Lent

Birthday Cake Fat Tuesday sure is a perfect name for today, the last day before Lent.  Many people give up a certain indulgence for the 40 days of Lent- popular choices are chocolate, soda, meat…so Fat Tuesday is the day to pig out on all of those goodies before the sacrifice starts.  In honor of Fat Tuesday, here are five of Wisconsin’s most indulgent, guilty pleasure foods.  If you happen to be fasting by the time you read this, I apologize. Put your email address in on the right under my picture so you can receive updates as soon as I post!

1. Chocolate Eclairs-  Eclairs are a sinful food in general, but the eclairs from O&H Bakery bring gluttony to a whole new level.  As big as your hand and with 1/2 an inch of chocolate frosting, one of these monster eclairs can feed a small family.

2. Bacon Burgers- You’ve heard of bacon on a burger, but now there’s bacon IN a burger.  As if the delicious apple wood smoked Nueske bacon wasn’t tempting enough, now it’s mixed in with juicy beef.

3. Fried Cheese Curds–  Can I go ONE post without talking about cheese curds? I guess not.  I’ll keep it simple- if fried cheese curds are wrong, I don’t want to be right.  For more info on curds check out: What’s a Cheese Curd? and 5 Things to Do With a Cheese Curd.

Turtle Cheesecake 4. Gourmet Turtle Cheesecake– I think it’s ok to eat this one during Lent because it’s made by Cheesecake Heaven.  This rich creamy cheesecake (pictured at top left) is topped with gooey caramel, crunchy nuts and chocolate chips, yum!

5.Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream–  The side of the carton says “Nutrition Information: Don’t even ask.  If you want healthy, eat carrots.”.  Hmm, so if I don’t know about the calories they don’t count, right?




Ice Cream Shops – or should I say Shoppes?

My Dad is coming from Virginia to visit me in Madison this weekend and I can’t wait to take him to one of my favorite ice cream shops, or should I say Shoppe? I am a huge fan of the Chocolate Shoppe.  In fact, on more than one occasion I have entered my favorite ice cream shop on a snowy, below-zero day.

I sometimes wonder if I am the only person in Madison who craves ice cream during the 4+ months a year when our state turns into a frozen tundra.  My favorite flavor of Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream is Mint Avalanche, which is like mint chocolate chip kicked up a notch- instead of chocolate chips it has pieces of mint-chocolate candy and mint-chocolate cookies swirled inside. YUM!  I have contemplated stocking up a few pints-no need to worry about freezer space, I can store them on my porch this time of year- but the poor employees of the Chocolate Shoppe need my visits because they seem a bit bored. I think this snowman with a Chocolate Shoppe hat and cone eyes is evidence of that.  If I didn’t stop in they probably wouldn’t speak to anyone all day, which is a shame because they have a great sense of humor, which is evident by the nutrition facts on the side of the pint:

“Don’t even ask. This is the best ice cream made in Wisconsin, and it tastes so good because it has gobs of rich Wisconsin cream, tons of real ingredients for boat-loads of luscious flavors. That means it’s not low-fat, low-calorie or low-anything, and that’s why everyone loves it. You want nutrition, eat carrots. ”

So if you live in Madison, don’t forget about how lucky you are to have the Chocolate Shoppe near by.  If you don’t live in Mad-town, you can click on this link to have Chocolate Shoppe ice cream delivered right to your door.  Ice cream also makes an awesome gift. Let’s face it, who expects to open a box to find ICE CREAM! Just don’t send it to anyone on a diet.

Ice Cream Tip: Put a scoop of vanilla ice cream in your coffee in the morning in place of cream and sugar. It will sweeten your cup of joe while cooling it down at the same time.


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