Sunday, December 13, 2009
Penn State: Berkey Creamery
For me, no trip to Penn State is complete without a trip to their world-famous Berkey Creamery, which dates back to 1896. Penn State has its own herd of milk cows, its own processing plant, and its own ice cream factory. Their ice cream short course is probably the best in the world. Benn and Jerry are the most famous alumni of that course but I think that many of the big names in ice cream have studied there.
Janie had the cookie dough and I had the bittersweet mint. The mint was noticeably mintier than in the standard commercial concoctions. The base ice cream is truly a delight. It's extremely rich and creamy. But it doesn't scream boutique gourmet---it's just great ice cream. At football games they sell huge quantities of this stuff to people who take it home, but I don't think it would keep on the airplane...