FOND DU LAC (WAOW) – July is National Ice Cream month – certainly a delicious treat for the taste buds during the summer.
In our newest edition of Made in Wisconsin, we head to Fond du Lac. From cow to cone, it's a family affair at Kelley Country Creamery.
"Ice cream is something that's enjoyed by people of all ages," said Kelley Country Creamery owner Karen Kelley.
And ice cream enthusiasts can enjoy almost 300 different flavors.
"We actually started with 32 flavors and now we've grown to 293."
All of it is made at the shop in Fond du Lac. The Kelley family has long been farming, but they are new to the ice cream world. And so far, it's been anything but a rocky road.
Each batch starts the same way and today, we're making a classic.
12 minutes on the clock, then it heads to the freezer to set for 48 hours.
Another family favorite – mint chocolate chip.
“All the toppings, all the inclusions that get added to ice cream all get added to the outside of it."
Even the waffle cones are homemade.
"So we will make three waffle cones in 56 seconds,” said Karen Kelley.
And a marshmallow in the bottom, because you wouldn't want any of your ice cream to go to waste.
“And we have to keep going with these. All day long, trays and trays of them."
And the Kelley's are pumping out more waffle cones than ever before.
“We are ahead by 3,500 waffle cones from previous years. So that's a lot of waffle cones we are making every 56 seconds," said Kelley.
All of the milk for the ice cream at the Kelley Country Creamery comes from 65 cows on the Kelley farm."
"We thought we would like to do that because we do produce a quality milk and we would like to change it into something, so we decided to go with ice cream," said Kelley.
And you can see those 65 Holsteins from the creamery – doesn't get much closer than that.
Karen Kelley, her husband and their five children have run the business since 2010. Some on the 163 year-old farm, others in the store. Six generations have called this place home and it's still growing.
"We do have a grandson and he's 15 months old and he does like his ice cream," said Kelley.
The creamery is even nationally recognized. Last year, Good Morning America named it "America’s Best Ice Cream."
Karen Kelley says after their appearance on national television, the businesses boomed. And they started churning out even more.
"Things were really, really crazy here. Cars were parked all through the parking lot all the way down County Road B to Kelly Road and back."
Now, that excitement has died down a little, but customers say the sweet treats here are unmatched.
And that's what has them coming back for more – for cone, after cone.
The ice cream is only available at the creamery and select stores in Wisconsin.
You can find it at Riverside Frame and Gallery in Green Bay and Holland's in Thorp.