They say: “You can`t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream, and that is pretty much the same thing.” Do you agree? Are you a passionate ice cream lover?
I believe you are and you have always been that kid who runs through the door as soon as you heard the ice cream truck arriving in your neighborhood. And I don`t blame you for loving something so delicious and refreshing at the same time. We all have our favorite desserts, but when it comes to eating something sweet during warm seasons – we all know what we`re about to pick.
Available in more 200 flavors, ice cream today is sold on every corner in the city. However, every ice cream lover becomes a bit of an expert when tasting ice creams from different ice cream shops and choosing the one they think it`s the best. Luckily, owners of some ice cream factories in the USA have noticed that people are in a constant search for their favorite ice cream manufacturer. So they used this behavior wisely and started making ice cream tours of their factories, informing the potential customers about the production of the ice cream, offering them degustation of some tastes and connecting them to the brand itself.
Are you still in a search for the best ice cream brand? Have you thought about taking a tour in some of the ice cream factories in the USA? If you`re planning on doing such a tour in the future, you shouldn`t miss these ice cream tours:
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Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour
Care to see how Ben & Jerry`s Factory operates in Vermont? Take a $4 tour around the factory, learn about the manufacturing process of the ice cream and enjoy the rare opportunity to try out the factory`s specials like waffle cones and hot fudge sundaes. Buy your favorite gadgets at the Gift shop and pay some respect to the Flavor Graveyard, where all the retired Ben & Jerry`s flavors rest.
Admission: If you want to book a tour, have in mind that the tickets are sold daily on a first come, first-serve basis.
The Turkey Hill Experience
Take a journey into the Turkey Hill Experience and have the exclusive opportunity to learn how the Ice cream is being made, sit in a milk truck or even milk a mechanical cow. Visit the Turkey Hill Taste Lab in Columbia, a place where your virtual ice cream creation comes to life. You`ll have a lot of fun with the activities provided in the Turkey Hill Experience, especially while creating your virtual ice cream flavor, ice cream package, and a commercial.
Admission: The ticket costs $9.95 for adults, but you can also pay $14.90 and visit the Taste Lab as well. The tour is recommended to be finished in 1-2 hours, offering unlimited taste samples.
Goody’s Chocolate and Ice Cream
Not only an ice cream but also a chocolate factory tour? Yes, this is definitely the place to be! Enjoy a walk in the Central Oregon`s heaven factory, where the sweetest memories are made. Doesn`t it sound perfect that the factory offers 100 different sweet treats including gourmet chocolates, fudge, caramel corn, toffee, peanut brittle, and Goody’s famous ice cream? You must try everything!
Admission: Their self-guided tours are free of charge and also offer free samples of chocolate. However, keep in mind that whenever you feel like taking a guided tour, appointments must be made 2 weeks in advance.
Graeter`s Truck Tour
So, instead of going to a particular ice cream factory to try out some samples of ice cream, Graeter`s is coming to your neighborhood. This year`s Ice cream truck tour takes over some cities in the northern part of the USA, offering samples of ice cream to the people on the streets and in the grocery stores.
Admission: Check out the schedule to find out if a Graeter`s truck is visiting your neighborhood this month.
Boulder Ice Cream
Take a tour of the Boulder factory in Colorado, enjoying a two-ounce sample cup full of ice cream. Learn more about how the ice cream is made, especially knowing that the brand is trying to make the line of 150 ice cream flavors organic while operating with 100% wind power and making the ice cream from milk that has not been treated with growth hormones.
Admission: The entrance is for free; however prior reservations are required.
Velvet Ice Cream Tour
Get informed about the old-fashioned way of producing ice cream, a recipe that has become a tradition in the family. Enjoy a beautiful day in Ohio, trying out some of the 50 ice cream flavors. But also leaving some room for the Buckeye Classic. This is Velvet`s number one flavor which is actually a peanut butter ice cream with a thick fudge swirl and mini-Buckeye candies (peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate).
Admission: The entrance is for free; however reservations are required for groups larger than 14.
Feeling like you need an ice cream already? Well, what are you waiting for? Take a time out from whatever you`re doing and go to the nearest ice cream shop to buy your favorite mix of flavors. Remember that: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!