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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 to enjoy in the store or 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 is 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 around 20 flavors on hand, so stop by and enjoy your favorite ice cream treat in our store or take home a pint, half-gallon or a three-gallon tub.


Since 1951, the Babcock Dairy Plant has been producing a wide variety of award-winning cheeses. We offer many flavors of cheese, and they are all made by our student employees under the supervision of licensed cheesemakers.

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

Babcock Dairy Nominated for Best of Madison 2024

We’ve been nominated for Best of Madison 2024! Babcock Dairy has been nominated for Best of Madison 2024 in the ice cream and custard category! You can vote for Babcock…

Best graduation gifts for UW–Madison grads in 2024

It’s commencement season at UW–Madison, which means it’s time to find your class of 2024 Badger a unique, nostalgic graduation gift. Check out these fun, affordable gift options below! Badger…


Our observation deck is the perfect viewpoint to get a real-time look at what we do here at Babcock Dairy. Learn more about how you can watch our talented team.


Monday // 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday // 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday // 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday // 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday // 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday // 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday // 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


There are first-come, first-serve, paid parking spaces available in front of our building on Linden Drive.

Paid parking is available at Lot 36 on Observatory Drive.

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

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