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“In Madison? Go here!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Babcock Hall Dairy Store

Babcock Hall Dairy Store
1605 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53703
608-262-3045
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Ranked #1 of 824 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: Dessert, Sandwiches
Description: One of the biggest names in modern Dairy (Babcock) combined with Ice Cream (which I, ice cream expert, rank as a five). This needs adding.
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Description: One of the biggest names in modern Dairy (Babcock) combined with Ice Cream (which I, ice cream expert, rank as a five). This needs adding.
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“In Madison? Go here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Straight from the cow's teat. Some of THE BEST ice cream you can get. It's a Madison/Wisconsin thing to experience. Not only is the quality something else, but the flavors and the names are the best. Personal favorite? Orange chocolate chip.

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English first
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Could not believe everything they sell for ice cream was full of factory ingredients, like the stabilizers. I could not find an”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

I grew up eating from the Penn State creamery. Back in the day, the dairy products were not made bulky and smooth with mono and diglycerides and bean gums like most are now. At least they clearly posted the ingredients used.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Galesburg, IL.
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Some of the best ice cream I've ever eaten!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

This place is a definate stop if you are in Madison. My wife and I have had ice cream at a lot of places, however, none of them were any better than Babcock Hall Dairy Store. If you like ice cream give it a try! Price is very reasonable too.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Madison, WI
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52 reviews 52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“A couple dozen flavors and a kid's delight!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

I took my kids here for an afternoon snack, and this place is everything an ice cream store should be. For less than $2, you can get a 3 oz cone (a good sized scoop, but considered a "mini" size) in a wafer, waffle, or sugar cone, and choose from around 30 flavors. They also have other eats, including cheese you can take home. If you follow the cow prints, you can go up to the observation area, and see where the milk is processed: pastuerization, homogination, bottling, ice cream making and cheese making areas. Definitely worth the trip; only negative is parking in the campus area.

Visited October 2012
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Fitchburg
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Best ice cream on the planet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

The historically gigantic scoops of ice cream dished up at the the Babcock Dairy Store are so large that they finally had to offer a small option. Some people say the best flavors at Babcock have long names like Orange Custard Chocolate Chip, Union Utopia, or Berry Alvarez. Check often for special flavors and pressure the staff to have them returned if you find one you like. Lobby for In the Dark, a chocolate delight served during Film Week or Sunflower Seed served late summer.

Visited September 2012
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