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12 Tours in Ice Cream Manufacturers

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
Waterbury, VT

Last year 275,000 ice cream fans toured this facility. Not bad for a company launched in 1978 in a renovated gas station. As visitors soon learn, it's not just about ice cream--there's a social mission behind Ben & Jerry's. Thirty-minute tours are offered daily, beginning with a seven-minute video, continuing on to the tour mezzanine, where you watch ice cream production. If production is down, a narrated video will fill in the details. The tour ends at the Scoop Shop, where guests try old favorites like Cherry Garcia, and perhaps, test-drive a new flavor.

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Blue Bell Creameries (Broken Arrow, OK)
Broken Arrow, OK

Folks of all ages seem to like our plant tour, but it may be 'cause they get to eat some of our famous ice cream when it's over. Since you can't eat Blue Bell over the Internet, you might want to tour our facility and taste the fruits of our labor for yourself.

If you decide to visit us, here's the scoop. We offer guided plant tours weekdays throughout the year, but we're closed on weekends.


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Blue Bell Creameries (Sylacauga, AL)
Sylacauga, AL

Folks of all ages seem to like our plant tour, but it may be 'cause they get to eat some of our famous ice cream when it's over. Since you can't eat Blue Bell over the Internet, you might want to tour our facility and taste the fruits of our labor for yourself.

If you decide to visit us, here's the scoop. We offer guided plant tours weekdays throughout the year, but we're closed on weekends.


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Goody?s Chocolate and Ice Cream
Bend, OR

Goody's is a family run tradition of handmade chocolates, candies and ice cream. First created by Marne and Marion Palmateer in Sunriver, OR in 1984, Goody's Candy Store very quickly became a legendary and loved Central Oregon tradition selling assorted candies purchased for resale.

Later, the Palmateers started making their own chocolate out of their home to sell in the store. The store moved to its current location in the Sunriver Village Mall where the Palmateers started making their own award winning ice cream. The Sunriver Goody?s store continues to be a customer favorite during busy vacation times.

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Graeter?s Manufacturing Company
Columbus, OH

Since its founding in 1870 by Louis C. Graeter, Graeter's French Pot
Ice Cream, handmade chocolate confections and fresh baked goods
have become traditions in the Queen City. Today the Graeter family
still faithfully uses his century old recipes and methods of production.

Graeter?s has perfected our traditional French Pot process, making the world?s finest ice cream just two gallons at a time. It?s the only way to achieve the irresistible creaminess that is Graeter?s.


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Hansen?s Farm Fresh Dairy
Hudson, IA

Owned and operated by the Hansen family since 1861, the Farm Fresh Dairy offers guests a hands-on tour of the working farm and dairy.

In addition to the usual farm sights, from baby calves to milking parlors to cow barns, guests can also see the creamery, the Hansen farm equipment and even domesticated wallabies that live on the farm. The dish of ice cream you receive at the end is made right there.

Visitors to Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy in Hudson, Iowa, can see animals during a hands-on tour.You can request for the tour to be hands-on, meaning in addition ...
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Homeland Creamery
Julian, NC

Homeland Creamery is owned and operated by Chris and Jayne and David and Terry Bowman. We are the sixth generation of farmers on the same homestead that have operated this dairy since the 1930?s . The herd has grown from a half dozen to over 200 cows now. We milk the cows with automatic and computerized milking machines in our milk parlor. Our cows are never given artificial growth hormones and are pasture raised and fed with hay, grains and feed grown right on our farmland. The cows are healthy and the milk is natural in quality and so fresh. ...
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Mayfield Dairy Farms (Athens, TN)
Athens, TN

Mayfield Dairy Farms began when my grandfather, T. B. Mayfield, established Live Oak Farms in 1912. He purchased 45 Jersey cows and began to sell the milk to homes in Athens, Tennessee. In the early 20's, my grandfather built the first milk plant in our area capable of pasteurizing milk. He purchased a ten-gallon ice cream freezer in 1923 and began making ice cream. Since these humble beginnings, people in East Tennessee and the Southeast have enjoyed top quality Mayfield dairy products.

Visit us at a Mayfield Visitor Center in Athens, Tennessee, or Braselton, Georgia. Browse the Mayfield gift shop ...
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Mayfield Dairy Farms (Braselton, GA)
Braselton, GA

Mayfield Dairy Farms began when my grandfather, T. B. Mayfield, established Live Oak Farms in 1912. He purchased 45 Jersey cows and began to sell the milk to homes in Athens, Tennessee. In the early 20's, my grandfather built the first milk plant in our area capable of pasteurizing milk. He purchased a ten-gallon ice cream freezer in 1923 and began making ice cream. Since these humble beginnings, people in East Tennessee and the Southeast have enjoyed top quality Mayfield dairy products.

Visit us at a Mayfield Visitor Center in Athens, Tennessee, or Braselton, Georgia. Browse the Mayfield gift shop ...
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Oberweis Dairy
North Aurora, IL

In 1915, Peter J. Oberweis found that he had too much milk so he began selling it to neighbors. In essence, the family dairy business that now spans almost 100 years had begun.

The Oberweis family has been delivering milk to homes since 1927 when Peter bought a half partnership in the Big Woods Dairy. A few years later he bought the entire enterprise, renamed it Oberweis Dairy and his high school son Joe left school to help out. During the Depression refrigeration was inefficient. Milk could be safely kept only a few days thus necessitating daily home delivery. ...
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Turkey Hill Experience
Columbia, PA

Come learn how our ice cream is made, sit in our milk truck, brainstorm your own ice cream flavor, milk a mechanical cow and learn about the people and culture of Turkey Hill. Discovery and delight abound for the whole family. And of course, there are free samples of Turkey Hill ice cream and iced tea!


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Velvet Ice Cream Company
Utica, OH

Under the leadership of Joe and Mike Dager Velvet Ice Cream has come a long way from the old Velvet Ice Cream store. Now known as "Ohio's Ice Cream Capital", Velvet distributes its product to Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and West Virginia. In addition, Velvet is the preferred distributor of Nestlé's brand, Good Humor brand, Häagen Daz, Ben and Jerry's, and other national brand novelty treats.

Family owned and operated since 1914, this fourth generation of Dagers has helped to bring the once hand-cranked ice cream operation into the 21st century.

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