I’ll go out on a limb and say not many universities have a creamery on their campuses. We have just that here at Penn State, and even with Beaver Stadium and other features, the Berkey Creamery may be the number one attraction here!
The Creamery is busy year round, with not only ice cream for sale but other PSU-produced dairy products, grocery items and prepared foods. In the summer, visitors from near and far, and of course a whole lot of kids, come to enjoy a cone of Peachy Paterno, Death by Chocolate, or Happy Happy Joy Joy. New flavors show up (and sell out!) all the time. (Not here? You can take a virtual tour or even have their ice cream shipped to you!)
More than a place for tasty treats, the Berkey Creamery also does the entire process of making ice cream and other dairy products, literally “from the cow to the cone.” Check out a neat video that highlights the process!
Now, maybe you have a budding ice cream innovator at home! Until they are ready for Penn State’s Ice Cream Short Course, they can check out the Ice Cream Science Kit by Scientific Explorer! Made in quite a unique vessel, a t-shirt, your kids will learn how milk, sugar, salt and energy become tasty ice cream.
The sheer irony here is that, well, I am very lactose intolerant. Fortunately, I can enjoy frozen yogurt in moderation. Thank you to Melissa & Doug, however, who carries a 100% lactose free Ice Cream Set I can enjoy.
Like all of Melissa & Doug’s play food sets, their Ice Cream Set features fun, realistic wooden pieces. The ice cream scoops and scoopers are even magnetic, so you can stack your cone with as many scoops as you want.
Wherever you may be, relax, and enjoy a frozen treat (or three) this summer! (Photo above of ice cream production at the Penn State Creamery is from their Facebook page.)