There is no place more iconic to enjoy famous Babcock Hall Ice Cream than the Memorial Union Terrace in Madison. Whether you’re listening to live music or people watching, this famous ice cream is the perfect addition to your Terrace experience.
Babcock Hall Ice Cream has been produced on Linden Street since 1951, and is a longstanding, local, delicious tradition. With more than 90 rotating flavors throughout the year, everyone has their favorite to complement a summer experience on the Terrace and at Union South.
The most popular flavors at the Wisconsin Union’s locations are orange custard chocolate chip and chocolate peanut butter. Blue Moon is a hands down favorite with the kids—look for the blue mustache as a tell-tale sign of that indulgence!
Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co. is all business when it comes to their ice cream, which is made with rich Wisconsin cream, cane sugar and tons of yummy flavorings and candies. Their glib motto “if you want nutrition, eat carrots” sums up the philosophy behind this locally made treat. In addition to traditional cones, they’ve got a variety of unique ice cream treats including made to order ice cream sandwiches with freshly baked cookies. Owner Dave Deadman suggests you try their ice cream flights, which are similar to beer flights but with mini scoops of four flavors to try. He also recommends the Caramel Badger Sundae with This $@&! Just Got Serious ice cream, hot fudge and crushed Heath pieces. Looking to share? Opt for a Babycakes, a mini two-person version of their ice cream cakes.
With a Sprinkle of Vintage
Ella’s Deli is a long time fixture on East Washington Avenue. While their extensive ice cream menu—a full 12 pages long—offers every imaginable sweet treat concoction, frozen or otherwise, they also have a vintage 1927 Parker carousel to ride. And if that doesn’t amuse you, the interactive game tables and animated toys that adorn the walls and ceiling surely will.
Owner Ken Balkin‘s favorite sweet treat is the turtle grilled pound cake sundae. It is a hefty serving of warm, grilled pound cake with vanilla ice cream topped with hot fudge, caramel, pecans and whipped cream.
SWEET STUFF on and off STATE
Walk into Kilwin’s on State Street and you'll be greeted with the fragrant smell of hand-made waffle cones as you enter the shop. Head to the back of the store for a scoop (or two) of toasted coconut ice cream on a waffle cone. Or, for special treat, they will pour a shot of espresso over a scoop of sea salt caramel ice cream.
Red Elephant Chocolate, also on State Street, offers unique toppings and pairings for their hand-scooped ice cream from the local Sassy Cow Creamery. Choose from house-made Chocolate Ganache and Dark Chocolate Whipped Cream or a decadent chocolate-dipped Oreo crumbled on top of any scoop. And if you need further cooling down, try an ICED 64% Dark “Hot” Chocolate, Cold Brew Stone Creek Coffee or Calorie-Free Cocoa Bean Tea!
Looking for something more indulgent? Try the Lemon Meringue Truffle on the patio with a glass of chilled Rosé or the Spicy Firecracker Truffle paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon. Their summer specialty cocktail truffles are sure to make anyone delight with the flavors (and alcohol!) of a Brandy Old-Fashioned, Moscow Mule, Strawberry Margarita or Salted Caramel Whiskey.