Happy Valentine's Day!!! Thought it be a special treat to show you a little bit of what I LOVE this sappy, lovey-dovey day.
So, what does this momma of 3 crazy kiddos, wife to a Super-man, and pseudo-travel writer love??
Ice cream. uh huh.
But not just any ordinary ice cream. It has to be Blue Bell Ice Cream for me.
For most Texans, the mere thought of Blue Bell ice cream conjures up hot summer days, big bowls of melty homemade vanilla (insert your favorite flavor here) ice cream, and lots of happy smiles. Blue Bell Ice Cream was a treat in my house growing up. And my love of this delicious ice cream was born at an early age. I know all 3 of my kiddos are going to have my love of it too with the mass quantity of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla milkshakes I ate while pregnant with each one of them.
Nothing compares to Blue Bell. Nothing.
So today, I bring a fantastic idea of a 1/2 day Spring Break trip to Brenham, Texas and home of the Blue Bell Creameries. Brenham is located 90 miles east of Austin and the drive is a peaceful, relaxing one filled with Texas wildflowers in the Spring. The Blue Bell Creameries is only open on weekdays, so make sure to not go on a weekend unless you just want to look though the windows longingly.
Today, the creamery still ships all it's products by company-owned trucks with company employees driving them. And Blue Bell is the third best-selling ice cream in the country, behind Breyer's and Dryer's.A tour consists of quick historical movie, a fascinating tour of how the ice cream is made (they use the milk from 50,000 cows every day!!), and a free scoop of ice cream as a sample. The tour is perfect for curious little kiddos who love to see how things are made.
See, everyone can enjoy the tour and look as happy as I did getting my ice cream!
The Blue Bell website has tons of great history, activities, recipes, and coupons for those that can't make it on a tour! Until March comes and we get to visit it in person, it's a good substitute. Where else can I hear first hand about their newest flavor, Rocky Mountain Road?
Texas Travel Facts on the Blue Bell Creameries:
Location: 1101 South Blue Bell Rd (Brenham, TX)
Hours: Mon-Fri (8:30 am - 3:00 pm) Tours are on a first come, first serve basis
Admission: General = $5.00, Children (6-14) = $3.00
Recommended Time: 1hour
Good to know: All ages welcome, weekends are closed, machines start to shutdown at 2:30 pm, so the earlier tours are better, no cameras permitted on tour, tickets can be purchased online