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Babcock Dairy Store

We’re Badger Proud

We produce signature dairy products for the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the surrounding community. Through this, the Babcock Dairy Plant and Dairy Store help support the University of Wisconsin Food Science Department’s mission of research, teaching and outreach.

Dining With Babcock

Babcock serves a variety of sandwiches for curbside pickup. Each sandwich is made fresh and features cheese made here at Babcock Hall. In-store dining and pickup are available at this time. Cash no longer accepted.

Ice Cream

Our renowned ice cream is available in a wide variety of flavors and styles.  Our recipe for our standard ice cream mix hasn’t changed since we began, in 1951.  The Dairy Store typically has 22 flavors on hand so you can enjoy an ice cream treat at our store or take a pint, half-gallon or a three-gallon tub with you.


Since 1951 the Babcock Dairy Plant has been producing a wide variety of award-winning cheeses. We currently offer 23 flavors of cheese and they are all made by our student production interns with the guidance of Master Cheesemaker, Gary Grossen.

Scooping Ice Cream

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Read our latest posts to stay up to date on new flavors, special deals and Babcock Dairy Store news.

The Magic Behind The Making

The Magic Behind The Making

Ever wonder how we whip together our perfectly creamy delicious ice cream? Well, here is your chance to learn the secret formula to make our Babcock ice cream.

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Best Ice Cream In Madison

Local food tour operator, Madison Eats, just posted about their top five ice cream shops in Madison, and Babcock’s ice cream made the grade.

Babcock Ice Cream on Campus Freshman gifts that will make them feel at home

Freshman gifts that will make them feel at home

Send your student some love ❤️ via Babcock Dairy Store Whether college means moving to a new city or attending school right in one’s backyard, it is a giant leap…


The observation deck is currently closed due to plant renovations and social-distancing safety concerns.


Monday // 7:30am – 5:30pm
Tuesday // 7:30am – 5:30pm
Wednesday // 7:30am – 5:30pm
Thursday // 7:30am – 5:30pm
Friday // 7:30am – 5:30pm
Saturdays // 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday // 11:00am – 4:00pm


There are a few stalls out front that you can pay via the Park Mobile app.

Paid parking is also available at Lot 36 on Observatory Drive.

The back lot is open for free parking after 4:30 p.m, Monday-Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, the back lot is open all day to the public for free parking, but there are no handicap entrances on that side of the building.

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