Babcock Hall Dairy Store

Ice Cream Shop

Based out of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Babcock Hall is the oldest operating dairy plant in the country and the best place to get ice cream in the city. Not only did its founders make major scientific contributions to the study of dairy production (the building itself is named for the agricultural chemist Stephen Babcock, who invented the first butterfat content test and helped flesh out the cold-curing process for cheese in the late 1800s), but the dairy goods -- handcrafted milk, ice cream, cheese, and more -- are still made by students in the program today, so you can show Badger solidarity, support the local Madison community, and get your lactose fix at the same time.