Velvet Ice Cream, maker of old-fashioned, hand-crafted ice cream, turns 100-years old on May 1, 2014. Based in Utica, Ohio, the company was started by Joseph Dager and is still family-owned and operated by the fourth generation Dager family. These days, they produce over five million gallons of ice cream every year from their headquarters at Ye Olde Mill and welcome over 150,000 visitors each year for tours, tastings, and events.
A series of summer-long celebrations commence on May 1, 2014 and will include the launch of several new all-natural flavors as well as a Velvet Ice Cream cookbook. Every Sunday, visitors to Velvet’s Ye Olde Mill will also enjoy free entertainment, including live music and clowns. And on July 20th, visitors can celebrate National Ice Cream Day with buy one-get-one-free ice cream cones.
Ye Olde Mills consists of 25-acres of wooded countryside and rolling, pastoral farmlands, perfect for a family outing. The grounds house an ice cream and milling museum, a restaurant, playground, picnic area and catch-and-release fish pond. That's probably why Frommer's named Ye Olde Mill as one of "America's 10 Best Ice Cream Factory Tours."
Mark your calendar for a summer visit and celebration to Ye Olde Mille for Velvet Ice Cream. And be sure to try an Ohio favorite: Buckeye Classic. This state favorite consists of peanut-butter ice cream with swirled chocolate fudge and chocolate-covered peanut butter candies. Yumm!
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