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“Some of the best ice cream I've ever eaten!”

Babcock Hall Dairy Store
Ranked #1 of 27 Dessert in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
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.
Galesburg, IL.
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Some of the best ice cream I've ever eaten!”
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
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Madison, WI
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69 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“A couple dozen flavors and a kid's delight!”
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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76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Best ice cream on the planet”
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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97 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Ice cream of the gods”
Reviewed September 13, 2012 via mobile

Babcock is the UW's own dairy store. They make the best ice cream around with a wide variety of flavored which are switched on a semi-regular basis. It's the best cure for a warm day and an empty stomach!

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westport
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70 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“A treat for the senses”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

What fun to see a full production facility - part of the food science lab - and then enjoy the fruits of that facility. And it happens to be some of the best ice cream around. It was great in the old days when the cows were also onsite, but you know they are still close by.

  • Visited August 2012
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