Since 1917, the UNL Dairy Store has been selling dairy products to the general public. The combination of exceptionally fresh ingredients and extremely low prices have made it a favorite destination for anyone craving some delicious homemade ice cream, cheeses, and even meat products.
It is, hands down, the best ice cream I have ever eaten.
What I find so cool about the UNL Dairy Store (aside from the ice cream of course) is the fact that everything is handcrafted and sold by UNL students. The Food Science, Agriculture and Animal Science students make everything in the store–from the ice cream and cheeses to the summer sausage, salami and jars of local honey. Students even work in the store, selling the items they made and learning how to run a business from the inside out.
Open 7 days a week, the UNL Dairy Store has a lot more to offer than just great tasting dairy products and low prices. They offer tours of the facilities if you’re interested in seeing exactly how everything works. They have a catering department that can cover everything from ice cream socials to full meal service. They have daily Lunch Specials, and a daily Happy Hour from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. They have a variety of Gift Boxes filled with your favorite meats and cheeses that can be purchased and shipped just about anywhere. And, last but not least, they have daily ice cream specials, hand packed containers ranging from 10 oz. single serve to 3 gallon cartons, and an extensive list of always available flavors, rotated flavors, and special seasonal flavors so you can enjoy something new every time you visit.
I just might go so far to say that the UNL Dairy Store is a little piece of heaven here on Earth because, really, what would heaven be without ice cream?
The best part for us is that we live just a few blocks away from the East Campus location. So tonight, we took a little family stroll through the neighborhood to get some ice cream after dinner. As you can see, Cadence didn’t enjoy the cup of chocolate ice cream we shared at all!
Heck, even Electra got a little taste from a gentleman that thought our droopy-faced hound looked like she could use the last bite of his mint ice cream cone. Of course, she spent the next five minutes licking a five-foot perimeter of the ground around her, just to make sure she didn’t miss a crumb.
Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to the fine folks who are in the habit of making such delicious ice cream. If you are ever in Lincoln, the UNL Dairy Store should be at the top of your list of places to visit.