It's June Dairy Month and our family loves to celebrate by going on an Iowa Ice Cream Road Trip. This year we kicked off our 10th annual road trip by checking out all three locations of The Olde Creamery in North Central Iowa in Garner, Mason City and Clear Lake.
|Enjoying The Old Creamery Ice Cream at the Clear Lake, Iowa location
The Olde Creamery has quickly become a North Iowa favorite in just over a year since opening up their first location in Garner, Iowa in an old creamery building, Memorial Day 2022. Since then they've opened up a location in Downtown Mason City in the Brick & Tile Building in July 2022 and new this year in May 2023, a seasonal location in Clear Lake near the Surf Ballroom & Museum.
|The Olde Creamery Mason City location in the Brick & Tile Building
The Old Creamery makes a variety of hard, hand scooped, homemade ice cream flavors at their Garner location daily, to supply all three locations. Ice cream flavors are swapped out often and are varied at each location. In addition to their delicious ice cream, they make waffle cones, "fancy cones", brownies and cookies to go alongside their ice cream. Our kids became quick fans of their fancy waffle cones and bowls and fancy sugar and cake cones. The "fancy cones" are dipped in chocolate and can also be sprinkled with nuts or sprinkles. You can get their ice cream served in a cup, cone, in a sundae, ice cream sandwich, shake or malt.
|Our oldest daughter enjoying her ice cream in a fancy waffle bowl at the Clear Lake location
We also noticed that both the Mason City and Clear Lake locations had "signature" ice cream flavors. Mason City's River City Cheesecake is a raspberry, white chocolate, cheesecake ice cream that I thought was a great flavor combination. And Clear Lake's The Big Bopper ice cream is a vanilla ice cream with cookie dough, chocolate chip cookies and fudge swirl!
|Left: Death by Chocolate top scoop, River City Cheesecake bottom scoop
Right: The Big Bopper
We have yet to try a flavor between all six of us that we wouldn't order again, but one flavor that quickly has become a family favorite is Death by Chocolate! Now, we are all chocolate lovers, but this chocolate, oreo, brownie and fudge swirl ice cream is the perfect balance of chocolate. It's not too chocolately or too rich. It's a great chocolate ice cream to indulge in! A kid favorite is their Dirt 'n Worms chocolate ice cream with oreos and of course gummy worms! They also have a few dairy free ice creams available so everyone can enjoy a sweet treat at their stores.
|Our middle daughter all smiles with her fancy cone at the Mason City location
Both the Garner and Mason City locations have indoor and outdoor seating available, along with a kid play area, and the Clear Lake location has outdoor seating only. They also carry pints to go and have a variety of local and Iowa made products available for purchase in their gift shoppes.
|Grabbing a place to sit and enjoy our ice cream at the Garner location
Be sure to make a stop at any of The Olde Creamery's ice cream locations, or find their ice cream truck on the road to enjoy some creamy, homemade ice cream! Have you been to any of The Olde Creamery locations? What's your favorite flavor?