Babcock Hall Dairy Store / Babcock Ice Cream Shop
Fax (608) 890-4849
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Badger Football home game day hours may vary)
126 Babcock Hall
1605 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Babcock Hall Dairy Store offers a variety of packaged dairy products including ice cream, cheese, and milk which is made right in the Babcock Hall Dairy Plant. The Dairy Store includes a fountain with roughly 15 Babcock Ice Cream flavors--regular, and monthly features--which are available for sundaes, shakes and ice cream cones. The Dairy Store also offers a lunch menu, including sandwiches, salads and soups. Please call for information about ordering cheese gift boxes and other various catalog items.
Metered parking is available west of the building and there also is 25 minute parking available on Linden Drive.
An observation deck is available to view ice cream, cheese and milk production in the Dairy Plant. This is a self-guided tour,with a video presentation available. Best viewing time is weekday mornings.
Guided tours can be scheduled in advance through their website. The closest parking spots for tourists are lot 36 (1645 Observatory Drive), lot 17 (1525 Engineering Drive) and lot 20 (1390 University Avenue).
Babcock ice cream can also be purchased in bulk at the Badger Market located in Union South.
- Babcock ice cream contains gelatin stabilizer, a beef byproduct that contributes to the unique sensory character of this iconic product.
- In response to campus concerns over gelatin use over a decade ago, Babcock Dairy manufactured several ice creams with non-gelatin alternatives. A broad panel of university leaders overwhelmingly agreed that ice cream made with these alternatives significantly diminished the flavor character of Babcock ice cream.
- A list of current super premium offerings is available at https://babcockhalldairystore.wisc.edu/product-category/ice-cream/superpremium/
- Other gelatin-free options include Babcock sherbet, Greek yogurt and lactose-free flavors.
- Babcock ice cream labels list gelatin as an ingredient (when it is present) and comply with all state and federal regulations and industry standards for all flavors including those products that contain inclusions (cookies, candies) and variegates (chocolate, caramel swirl).
- All standard flavors start with the same base mix of 12 percent milk fat and are sweetened with cane sugar.