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“Awesome Ice Cream!”

Babcock Hall Dairy Store
Ranked #1 of 28 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.
Reviewed 5 October 2015

Babcock ice cream from U.W. Madison campus is the Best the State has to offer. An institution that only brings pride in Wisconsin's quality dairy products and the people who produce them. The usual long line moves fast and is worth the wait. I believe the ice cream is a world class standard of taste, texture and pure joy! One of the states treasures! A visit to this wonderful place will have you returning and perhaps turn into a tradition, as it has become with my family and friends. I discovered this treat 30 plus years ago, while in college and it has never disappointed. They serve large portions for a reasonable price and the quality is unsurpassed. Put this stop near the top of your 'Bucket List'!

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1  Thank Sarah R
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Reviewed 30 September 2015

A must stop for all ice cream efficianos! Skip lunch; the portions are large :-). Do not be intimidated by the long line it moves quickly.

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Reviewed 29 September 2015

This is a "required" ice cream stop when grandchildren are visiting from out of town. Can get quite busy but the line typically goes fast. They have smaller ice cream sizes for kids along with regular adult portions. Haven't tried their food but the deli clerk is typically busy during lunch hour.

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Reviewed 15 September 2015

Babcock ice cream from University of Wisconsin's Dairy Department is available at the Memorial Union, where the ambiance is unsurpassed and the colourful vintage metal chairs on the Terrace overlooking Lake Mendota are in constant use (except this year, 2015, the Terrace is undergoing heavy construction, but there are still a few lake-view tables at the rear of the University Theatre). The selection at the Union is limited to a dozen or two assorted flavours, however, so if you're in it purely for the ice cream, a visit to the Dairy Department store itself on Linden Drive is in order! There you will find a less glamourous setting, but you will be able to choose from absolutely every flavour currently in production at the University's facilities and probably a few new inventions by graduate students or faculty pushing the ice-cream envelope. Mocha Macchiato is a new and popular contender and the old standbys such as Butter Pecan are always top quality. In short, this is probably the best ice cream store in the Midwest. (I was required to choose a date for my visit; I chose the most recent date, but my husband and I used to visit Babcock, or the Union Terrace, on dates more than 40 years ago and have returned as often as possible since. The ice cream quality has always been exceptional.)

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1  Thank muumi2three
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Reviewed 14 September 2015

I have a confession. I didn't visit the dairy stor. I have bought various flavors of their ice cream from Hy-Vee, a local grocer nearby.
I can say it's a nicest ice cream I've ever had, I wouldn't order Union Utopia again. The Cookies and Cream is the best i've had You can tell it's only the best quality ingredients, some ice creams taste like skim milk in comparison.

1  Thank GuySmiley123
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