Homemade food just tastes better. I've been preaching that for almost four years now, and each time I sink my teeth into any labor of love crafted from scratch by the hands of a passionate artisan I am reminded that no factory can replace the delicate nuances that makes this food exceptional! Nowhere is that more clear than at Kelley Country Creamery outside of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin.
Hailed by Good Morning America has having the "Best Ice Cream in America" it is hard to find any establishment boasting higher customer reviews that Kelley's and it doesn't take long to deduce why. Located in the middle of the countryside, the ice cream shop is situated atop a hillside overlooking the 200 acre Kelley family dairy farm. That's right, the cows you can see right outside the window are practically employees of Kelley Country Creamery, as they supply the Grade A milk for the ice cream! You can't get more farm to table than that unless the cows served you!
Inside the creamery world maps are displayed so all of their visitors can mark where they came from, and it is amazing to see the geographic diversity that have enjoyed ice cream at Kelley Country Creamery. What is more astounding is realizing they have only been in business since 2010! When you sell a good product, word travels fast! However, I am slightly suspicious at the number of penguins that have visited from Antarctica!
My wife and I are travel junkies on a hobo's budget. On the weekends we love to take inexpensive trips to destinations outside the Fox Valley, and last Saturday seemed like the perfect excuse to drive 45 minutes for an ice cream cone!
Just down the road from highway 41, Kelley Country Creamery was easy to find, and though it wasn't packed, I remarked to my wife about how busy the place was in the middle of a cold afternoon. Clearly they have cultivated a following!
My wife ordered the Butter-finger Pecan and I was intrigued by the apple inspired ice cream flavors. I ordered a two scoop waffle cone with their caramel apple pie flavor topping a hearty dollop of the apple flavored ice cream. I would be hard pressed to tell you which one I enjoyed more.
The ice cream was delectably sweet on my tongue as well as boasting the perfectly rich and creamy texture you would expect from great ice cream. I particularly enjoyed the large chunks of cinnamon apples found within the caramel apple pie scoop as I licked my way to nirvana. However, what I really liked was the vast array of unusual flavors on display. With dozens of additional options served throughout the year, I could stop back every week and not indulge in the same flavor twice!
If you live south of Fond Du Lac, Kelley Country Creamery is probably the worst kept secret in the neighborhood. However, if you don't hail from the traditionally Irish countryside, it is worth a drive when you are craving a special treat. Located just a short hop off highway 41, I won't be surprised to find myself back in there next time I drive to or from Milwaukee.
Have you tried Kelley Country Creamery? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Visit them at http://kelleycountrycreamery.com or in person at W5215 County Rd B. Fond Du Lac, WI 54937.
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