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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 in an 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 production interns with the guidance of Master Cheesemaker, Gary Grossen.

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

Back To School Gifts to Start Your Badger’s Semester Off Right

It’s back to school season, and you know what that means — it’s time to buy your Badger a little back to school care package!

Join Babcock’s National Ice Cream Month Challenge

Happy National Ice Cream Month! To celebrate, we’re starting the Babcock Ice Cream Challenge. Share your favorite picture of Babcock ice cream in the form below for a chance at…

What Your Favorite Babcock Ice Cream Flavor Says About You

Your favorite flavor of Babcock ice cream says more about you than you might think. Find out what your favorite says about you!


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 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday // 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

We will be closed August 18 as the construction outside will be shutting off the water main to Babcock Hall. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope you stop in another time!


The stalls in the front of the building are currently closed due to road work 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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