Happiness comes from travel, and for many the consumption of ice cream equally boosts one’s mood upwards.
Combine the two for a joyous journey, where the Kipling Tegan Small Wheeled Duffel (or Kipling Tegan Large for increased capacity) is the bag to bring. Its U-Zip main compartment, interior zippered mesh pocket, and top zippered stash pocket provide perfect places to store maps, guidebooks and perhaps a favorite topping or two. The roomy interior, accessible via U-Zip, allows for lots of casual clothes to hit some of America’s best ice cream factory tours.
Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream in Waterbury, Vermont is one of the Granite State’s most popular attractions. Tucked into the bucolic beauty of the Green Mountains the tour starts with seeing real dairy cows out in the surrounding fields.
Inside the Cow Over the Moon Theatre, a short film shares not only Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield’s history, but also their philanthropic attitude that underscores the company’s mission statement for social and economic progress. Then the walking tour past a glassed-in factory explains the process while occasion stops bring just made samples up from the production floor. More samples of the flavor of the day are available at the end of the tour.
Come during the summer and there are outdoor events for the entire family. From late May to October, pay your respects at the dearly departed flavors, like Aloha Macadamia or Blueberry, at the sweetest graveyard in the world.
Offering ice cream making courses since 1865 makes the Creamery of Penn State University a must-see venue while in State College, Pennsylvania. Over 70% of the milk comes from PSU cows and ice cream is processed along with sherbet and frozen yogurt. The inventory is changed every Monday, and while the some flavors are changed out regularly favorites like Peachy Paterno and other unique mixtures honoring campus staff, buildings, and alumni are always available.
There is no set tour; however, the plant can be seen through the Creamery’s Viewing Lobby.
Come to Hudson, Iowa and meet the Hansens. When the four sons wanted to work on the family farm a creamery was established in the last decade. The tour takes ice cream lovers from calves in the field to the milking parlor and the creation of the delectable dessert.
Flavors include Banana Wafer, Candy Cane, and Chocolate Turtle. There is also a chance to see the mascots of Hansen Farms – a herd of wallabees.
Down in the Texas Hill Country Blue Bell Ice Cream began in 1911. Factory tours are available at their Brenham headquarters, and at their other production sites in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Sylacauga, Alabama.
Cookies ‘n Cream is a classic flavor joined by Pineapple and Vanilla and Pecan Pralines in Cream. New flavors include Red Velvet Cake with its cream cheese frosting and Strawberry Banana Pound Cake.
At California’s Hilmar Cheese Company, more than cheese is made at their Central Valley factory in Hilmar.
Among their Visitor Center’s family activities is creating one’s own ice cream from various ingredients. Hilmar’s allows everyone to “shake, rattle and roll” on Mondays through Friday during June, July and August.
Tucking a small, insulated cooler and a spoon in the Kipling Tegan Duffel bag would allow the transportation of delectable dairy souvenirs along the journey.
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