Flavors that missed the cut (and other facts about Babcock ice cream)

Think you know Babock ice cream. Can you name the top three year-round flavors? The seasonal faves? How about calories? If you’d rather not know that, stop reading. But you might be relieved to learn that compared to the competition, what gets dipped on campus may be (slightly) less likely to send you up a waist size.

The following facts and much more info about Babcock ice cream appear in Mission: Delicious in the current issue of Grow magazine.

  1. Top three flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Cookies and Cream
  2. Quickly discarded: Root Beer, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Honey Graham Cracker and “Christmas Special” (which contained mincemeat)
  3. Seasonal faves: Caramel Apple, Irish Cream, Bo’s Express (vanilla with chocolate flakes and raspberry swirl), Peppermint Stick
  4. All standard Babcock ice cream starts out with the same base, a mixture that tastes like fresh, sweet cream
  5. Babcock occasionally solicits flavor and name suggestions from the public in honor of special people or events. Some bestsellers: Berry Alvarez (for athletic director Barry Alvarez), Bo’s Express (for basketball coach Bo Ryan) and Crazylegs (for 1940s Badger football legend Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch). Berry and Bo are still available. Crazylegs—vanilla with marshmallow swirl and caramel-filled chocolate footballs—may be revived some day.
  6. Compare calories for a half-cup of vanilla: Häagen-Dazs: 270, Ben & Jerry’s: 200, Babcock Hall: 150. Lesson: More calories do not mean better taste!
  7. You can order or send Babcock ice cream anywhere in the continental U.S. or, search for Babcock Hall.
  8. Q. Why “Babcock” Hall? A. Among his many achievements, CALS agricultural chemist Stephen Babcock in 1890 unveiled a simple milk fat content test to enable an accurate assessment of composition—no more watering down! The test paved the way for setting quality standards and fair pricing for the dairy industry.
  9. The average size of an ice crystal in freshly made Babcock ice cream is 30 to 35 microns. (There are 25,400 microns in an inch.)
  10. Industry professionals have come for ice cream education at Babcock from as far away as Hawaii, England and China


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