A cool IU tradition

It’s Friday and a gorgeous, sunny, spring afternoon in Bloomington. So naturally some minds — those susceptible to sugary sweets like mine — drift to ice cream. Not surprisingly, one of my favorite IU Bloomington blogs, aided by an 11-year-old scholar from a local elementary school, has already gotten the scoop on the university’s ice-cream history, which goes back at least 80 years.

One of the many cool blog postings from IU Archives details the university's ice-cream tradition.

As this fun IU Archives blog post indicates, the campus produced its last batch of ice cream in 1998 (my first year in Bloomington, sadly), but the frosty tradition is reflected by the remarkable amounts produced over the years (often reaching over 200 gallons per day in IU’s most ice-cream crazy decades).

The blog also suggests IU might be part of a larger Big Ten tradition in the category of university-produced ice cream, pointing out that the University of Wisconsin-Madison has produced its own ice cream since the 1920s. I would submit that Penn State University has its own sizeable creamery, and, in full disclosure, last spring, I enjoyed a delicious cup of IU candy-striped (vanilla and strawberry) ice cream specially produced by Michigan State University’s Dairy Store for a gathering of Big Ten communicators.

On a summer-like day like today, though, it’s just refreshing to know that IU is part of this fun tradition, and that the IU Archives continues to dole out such cool stories.

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