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Happy Holidays!

Looking for a great gift for UW alum? Check out Babcock’s cheese boxes perfect for the holiday season. We ship to family and friends, the last day for cheesebox orders is December 17th. Get your order in today!

We will be closed on November 6th and 7th!

Due to construction, we will be closing early on November 5th at 3:00 pm. We will be closed Saturday, November 6th, and Sunday, November 7th. We will be back to normal hours on Monday, November 8th, see you there!

Babcock Late Night Special!

Babcock now as a special from 5:00 pm to close! Come in and when you buy a sandwich, you get a free single-serve ice cream!

Happy Halloween!

Stop by Babcock Dairy Store in your Halloween costumes for some sweet treats on October 31st!

Where to Find the Best Ice Cream in Madison, WI

Wisconsin is home to a variety of dairy products, especially ice cream! Even Wisconsin’s harsh winters do not stop locals from indulging in the sweet treat all year long. With so many spots in Madison to choose from, check out our delicious recommendations for the best ice cream around town!

Babcock Dairy Store

1605 Linden Drive

Madison, WI 53706

Monday-Friday 7:30 AM-7:30 PM

Saturday & Sunday 11:00 AM-4:00 PM

 

Babcock Dairy Store is located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. They have a rich history of creating their own ice cream and award-winning cheese, using only the freshest ingredients available! Babcock offers an array of flavors some favorites include, Blue Moon, BEC-Key Lime Pie, Union Utopia, and Orange Custard Chocolate Chip. They also offer a menu with shakes, sandwiches, breakfast options, and ice cream pies. It is a great spot to grab a quick lunch with family or a sweet treat after class!

 

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream

468 State Street

Madison, WI 53703

Sunday-Thursday 12:00 AM-10:00 PM

Friday-Saturday 11:00 AM-11:00 PM

 

With many locations around Madison, the Chocolate Shoppe has anything a chocolate lover is dreaming of. Known for their award-winning chocolate ice cream, Zanzibar Chocolate, the Chocolate Shoppe is a great spot for your next craving. The shop offers non-dairy soy and allergen-free options to ensure everyone gets their fix!

(photo credit: Chocolate Shoppe Instagram)

 

La Michoacana Ice Cream

6712 Odana Rd

Madison, WI 53719

Monday-Sunday 11:00 AM-9:00 PM

 

Not your typical ice cream shop, La Michoacana is known for its frozen Paleta bars made with ice cream and fresh fruit! With refreshing flavors such as Mango, Choco-Berry, Pineapple, and Lime Paletas it is a must-try spot!

(photo credit: www.michoacana.com)

 

Calliope Ice Cream

3241 Garver Green

Madison, WI 53704

Monday-Thursday 11:00 AM-9:00 PM

Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM-10:00 PM

Sunday Closed

 

Located right across the street from Olbrich Park on the east side of Madison, Calliope Ice Cream continues to serve up tasty unconventional flavors like Concord Grape Sorbet, Gorgonzola Pear, and Pumpkin Spice Latte! It’s the perfect spot to grab ice cream and enjoy the view of Lake Monona. 

(photo credit: Calliope Facebook)

Kilwins Ice Cream

208 State St, Madison, WI 53703

Monday-Saturday 11:00 AM-10:00 PM

Sunday 11:00 AM-9:00 PM

 

With locations all over the country and a prime spot on State Street, you won’t want to miss Kilwins Chocolate, Fudge, and Ice Cream shop. Not only do Kilwins have over a dozen unique ice cream flavors, but they also have delicious chocolates and candies made right in store!

(photo credit: www.kilwins.com)

 

Ice cream in Madison, WI is hard to beat!

With a variety of different flavors and forms, our recommendations narrow down the best of the best. Try them out yourself and comment your favorites below.

Babcock is getting SWEETER!

Starting October 11th, Babcock Dairy Store will be carrying Miggy’s Bakes bakery items! The following items will be for sale: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Peanut Butter Cookies, Cookies + Cream Cookies, Brownies, Cookie Dough Brownies, and Cookie Cups! Stop by before it is too late to try these delicious treats!

October’s Flavor of the Month!

Happy October! Babcock Dairy Hall’s flavor of the month is Orange Custard Chocolate Chip! The creamy orange flavored custard with chocolate flakes is a fan favorite! Stop by Babcock Dairy Hall Store to try this delicious treat! Orange Custard

 

Welcome back to campus!!

Welcome back to campus!! We are so excited to see students and staff back at Babcock Hall Dairy Store. Although move-in can be hectic and stressful we’ve got the scoop on all the best Babcock flavors to enjoy during a break! In fact, from August 30-September 2 we will be offering the following deal:

Enjoy 15% off of all pick up orders placed online with coupon code MOVEIN15

Babcock Hall Dairy Store receives Recommendation badge by Restaurant Guru

Babcock Hall Dairy Store has been awarded a Recommendation badge by Restaurant Guru based on customer reviews! We want to thank our customers for their continued support over the years as well as our employees that go above and beyond in service!

 

Bird's eye view of the dairy plant ice cream machineDairy Plant Renovation

After over 60 years, the Dairy Plant will finally be receiving a much needed renovation. Our dairy plant has officially shut down and ceased production as of late September, but have no fear! Our ice cream will be made in Chocolate Shoppe’s facilities as a co-packer, and it will continue to be sold in our store and other locations. Our store hours will NOT be affected by this construction. We are very excited about this renovation and we hope you are too!

Award winning Gouda

Overall Grand Champion Gouda

We are so proud of our wonderful cheesemakers here at Babcock! At the end of August, Babcock Hall Dairy’s Gouda cheese wheel was awarded the title of Overall Grand Champion at the World Dairy Expo. With a record 1,536 entries across all categories, this year’s event was extremely successful and competitive. The cheese was judged by 50 highly-trained sensory experts, and it scored a perfect 100. Stop by the store to give it a taste yourself!

Best of Madison silver winner logoBest of Madison 2020

Thank you for voting for us in Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison 2019! Your support means everything to us here at Babcock. Thanks to you, we were awarded with silver in the ice cream/custard/gelato category! Voting for the 2020 year is now open, so make sure to nominate and vote for us in best ice cream/custard/gelato and best cheese producer! Click here to vote!

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Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison

Best of Madison 2019

Madison Magazine holds a competition every year where the community gets to vote on the best places of Madison. This year, Babcock has been nominated for Best Ice Cream in Madison 2019! We’re up against five other ice cream/custard/gelato places, show your love for Babcock ice cream by voting for us here!

Babcock is on EatStreet logo

 

Babcock is on EatStreet

Babcock Dairy Store is now on the popular food delivery site, EatStreet. Order your favorite breakfast and lunch deli options and have them delivered right to your doorstep! Click here to order.

Gouda cheese with blue ribbon
Award-winning Gouda cheese

 

1st Place Gouda

Our wonderful master cheesemaker, Gary Grossen, produced an award-winning cheese for the Wisconsin State Fair cheese contest! Our Gouda took 1st place in the semi-soft cheese category and our Fontina took 5th place in the same category. Both cheeses received scores of over a 99 out of 100!