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Sep 1, 2008 10:12 AM

Univ of MD at College Park Ice Cream?

I heard about this on NPR a few weeks back. But google keeps giving me the run around in terms of an address and hours It's supposedly on Rte 1 and only open week days between 10-4.

Anyone Been?
Worth the Drive?

Better than Larry's and Moorenko?

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  1. Are you talking about the ice cream that they serve at Turner Labs? It's got a good reputation, but I think it's just OK. I had some this weekend at the Terps football game.

    It reminds me of ColdStone ice cream. Super creamy. Anyone can make super rich/creamy ice cream- just go heavy on the cream. What I think both of those ice creams lack is flavor (and probably enough egg yolks). I like pure, fresh, natural tasting ice cream- and I don't think UofM ice cream has that. Hell, I think Breyer's does a better job at flavoring their ice creams than most ice cream makers.

    I remember the best ice cream being made by Howard Johnson's.

    1. I've never tried it, but if you can't get to the creamery during its hours you can buy it by the 1/2 gallon at a few shops on campus.

      This page-- umd dining services lists the location of "The Dairy" and the shops where you can get the ice cream.

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      1. It's a small entrance (just to Turner Labs) after the main entrance heading south on US1. My wife worked there when we were in college (20 years ago) and at the time they used milk from "UMD cows", but not necessarily the cows at College Park. I used to go there for (well, my wife, of course) the ice cream which I thought was good, and the chilli-dogs which as a college student I really enjoyed. My wife says the dairy sales room closed down, but perhaps they've reopened?

        I had the opportunity to sample Penn State's ice cream a couple of years ago, and while UMD is my alma mater, I have to give the edge to Penn State for ice cream. That doesn't mean UMD's ice cream was bad, far from it, but Penn State had more flavors and was more creative, though I'm comparing a Penn State visit in 2005 vs. my college years in the 1980's, so that may not be fair.

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        1. re: dzoey

          Penn State seems to be the top dog in terms of University Creameries.

          Thanks for the story.

          1. re: WestIndianArchie

            Hold on gang ! I was recently at Penn State and was definitely inpressed with their ice cream....BUT the ice cream made at the Univerisity of Maryland Dairy is as good and fresh as any I have ever tasted....and I have tasted ice cream all over the US. To compare it to Breyers......the only thing they have in common is that they are both COLD !

            1. re: WestIndianArchie

              Umm, only if you'e looking through East Coast-bias lenses. I'd take the Wisconsin and Washington State college creameries over either. I didn't like Barry Alvarez much as a football coach but Berry Alvarez is pretty tasty stuff.

          2. It's been a long time since I had an ice cream at Moorenko's, but I would rate the UMD ice cream about equal or a bit worse than Moorenko's. Some of the flavors don't move as fast, so they aren't as fresh as. (The containers provided for social events on campus, however, are fresh.) I also like strong ice cream flavors, and UMD flavors aren't always that robust. I've had the vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, butter pecan, and Fear the Turtle (I think caramel and nuts with some chocolate in a vanilla type base).

            Overall, I would definitely recommend stopping in if you're in the area, but I wouldn't make a special trip.

            Oh, and the directions provided by dzoey are accurate.

            1. I would highly recommend it. I went to Maryland and still love their ice cream. I try to go whenever I visit the campus.