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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 employees under the supervision of licensed cheesemakers.

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.

In the News: John McGivern’s Main Streets

John McGivern and Emmy Fink visited the Babcock Dairy Plant and the Dairy Store in the Madison episode of John McGivern’s Main Streets. Our segment starts 22 minutes in!

Ice Cream 101: How Babcock Dairy ice cream is made on the UW–Madison campus

Babcock ice cream is a treasured part of UW–Madison culture — Madisonians order tens of thousands of ice cream cones with Babcock ice cream each year. But have you ever…

In the News: Now Hibernating: Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Matt Richtel of the New York Times investigates the decline in popularity of chocolate chip ice cream in this article featuring Babcock Dairy.


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. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday // 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday // 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday // 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday // 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday // Closed
Sunday // Closed

We will be closed from Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. through January 7 to allow our students time with their families over the academic break.


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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