AMES, Iowa (August 13, 2020) - We are so excited for the grand opening of the Iowa State University (ISU) Creamery on August 21! Make plans to stop in for a scoop, or two, of their unique ISU flavors from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The ISU Creamery not only employs students, but educates and prepares them for competitive jobs in the dairy industry.
“It’s meant to train students and give them valuable experience so they can take practical skills into food science and dairy science careers,” said Dr. Stephaie Clark, Virginia M. Gladney Professor. "Hands-on training in dairy processing is essential to be fully prepared for the most-skilled positions."
Six Traditional Flavors (made from scratch, not a mix!)
Vanilla ice cream recognizes the original Lancelot and Elaine, a pair of swans who inhabit Iowa State University’s Lake LaVerne.
Dark chocolate ice cream commemorates the establishment of Iowa’s land-grant college.
Cyclone swirls of strawberries in white strawberry ice cream honoring the ISU tradition of “campaniling.” The tradition says students officially become Iowa Staters when they kiss under the campanile at midnight.
Chocolate ice cream with chocolate-covered raspberry cups and fudge sirls recognizing ISU’s beloved mascot, Cy.
Mint chocolate flake ice cream honoring ISU’s first woman president, Wendy Wintersteen.
The Creamery’s signature ice cream, scotcheroo, honors two ISU alumni Mildred Day (who created Rice Krispies Treats™) and George Washington Carver (who is famous for peanut research). This flavor was invented by a group of ISU students who won the Signature Ice Cream contest in 2017.
Purchasing Ice Cream
You may purchase ice cream by the scoop or by the carton.
- Single scoop - $3
- Double scoop - $4
- Triple scoop - $5
- 32 ounce carton - $12
Coming soon - 8 ounce cartons!
The ISU Creamery accepts credit/debit cards and cash. They are unable to take CyCash or Dining Dollars.
The ISU Creamery is located on the second floor of the Food Sciences Building - 2953. Metered parking is available at the East Parking Deck on Wallace Road. Please enter the Food Sciences Building from the east doors on Wallace Road. Follow the signs to the ISU Creamery. Face coverings are required and physical distancing is marked with cow spots on the Creamery floor.
Monday - 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday - 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Closed (to respect the Dairy Science Club’s ice cream fundraiser on Wednesday)
Thursday - 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday - 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - Closed
Open to the Public
College Flavors Coming in October!
The ISU Creamery hosted a college flavors contest in which students, faculty, staff, and alumni were asked to create a flavor that would be unique to Iowa State University's seven colleges and graduate college. The winning flavors will be coming to the ISU Creamery in October!
Alma Mater Baklava
A pistachio-praline ice cream with bits of pistachios and granola, submitted by Kris E. Spence. Spence achieved his master’s degree and PhD in food science and technology. This entry was inspired by ISU’s “Bells of Iowa State” anthem. The nut and granola "baklava" is intended to represent the rich diversity in the Graduate College.
College of Design
Lavender-flavored ice cream with honey swirls, created by Daniel Vandersteen and Aaron Born. These industrial design students developed the ice cream to satisfy the cravings that design students get when they spend late nights in the studio! The honey for this ice cream will be sourced from the ISU Bee Lab.
Ivy College of Business
Espresso and vanilla ice cream with chocolate-covered almonds and fudge swirls, submitted by Justin Brtek, Rohan Brahmarouthu, Andrew Simon, Daniel Burke, and Ani Yam. These business students created this flavor from several sources of inspiration; the Gerdin Business building, the Business Cafe within the Bergstrom Commons, the Ivy’s “never settle” mindset, and the “Donuts with the Dean" event.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Lemon Berry bLASt
Lemon frozen yogurt (full-fat fro yo) with raspberry swirls and bits of raspberries, created by Kristen (Turnquist) Fox and Shelby (Ullrich) Zomermaand. These 2017 graduates developed a sweet twist on the sour tradition of lemon drops. Tradition said that women had to become true "Iowa Staters" by kissing someone under the Campanile at midnight. If they hadn’t "campaniled" by the time they reached their senior year, people put lemon drops on the woman’s doorstep to signify that she was sour. The lemon drop tradition no longer exists, so this flavor was created to signify that all of the ISU community is considered a true "Iowa Stater."
College of Engineering
Sea salt caramel ice cream with brownie bits and fudge swirls, created by Ezra Iliff, Luke Lawson, and Connor Kennedy. These engineering alumni created this flavor in part to honor former dean, Anson Marston, who helped build the Campanile and restore Lake Laverne. It also represents the collaboration needed between all engineering majors to make a project successful.
College of Veterinary Medicine
White Chocolate Squirrel
White chocolate ice cream with swirls of hazelnut spread and hazelnut pieces, submitted by Kipp Van Dyke and some of the staff in the Dean of Students office. This entry honors one of Iowa State's campus creatures, the elusive white squirrel.
College of Human Sciences
Human Sci Sweet Cherry Pie
This sweet corn custard features swirls of cherry pie filling and pieces of pie crust. It was created by CHS alumni Amy Matthies, Deb Nilles, and Samantha Nilles. Both generations of their family made cherry pies in the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom during their time at ISU. This flavor represents the traditions of CHS while highlighting the adventurous spirit of the CHS students and alumni.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Mocha custard with chocolate chips and caramel swirls, created by Evan McCoy, Timothy Lott, and Mikaela Galdonik. These 2018 Food Science graduates created this ice cream to show the energy and determination that everyone in CALS has. It was noted from the winners, that as students, coffee is especially needed in preparing for the CALS career fair! This flavor was also created to portray the richness and diversity of Iowa soil and the CALS community. Amazingly, this same team won the ISU signature ice cream contest back in 2017!
ISU Creamery Background
After a 50-year hiatus, the ISU Creamery is back! In 1927, Iowa State College established a campus creamery to equip students for the dairy industry. For decades, the Creamery was known nationally for its high-quality dairy products. But as the landscape of Iowa agriculture shifted to corn and soybeans, dairy manufacturing at ISU ended in 1969. In 2020, the ISU Creamery is once again open for business and is a source of pride on campus!