Recently I was invited to tour the Velvet Ice Cream factory & grounds in Utica, OH. It's about 2 hours away on the northeast side of Columbus. (Velvet provided my lunch and ice cream on the tour but all opinions are my own.)
Local Farm Mom - and her two adorable kids. The kids lunches came in Velvet ice cream tubs which was definitely a cute touch.
menu is pretty good (scroll to the bottom of the page) with sandwiches and salads.
I got the Mill Wrap ($8.99) which had grilled chicken, pepper jack, onion, lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing. This wrap was surprisingly spicy - but the chicken was juicy and it was really good.
Buckeye Classic (top left) is their best seller - with good reason. Peanut butter ice cream swirled with chocolate fudge and mini peanut butter cups. Another team favorite was the Raspberry Cordial - black raspberry ice cream swirled with fudge and raspberry cordial candies!
store locator - but in Cincinnati you can find Velvet at Remke, Jungle Jims and served at Frisch's.)
cookie dough and they did not disappoint! Another one to check out this is their seasonal Summertime Peach - how great would that be on my mom's peach cobbler!
The Dager family has owned Velvet for four generations and the president, Luconda, came out to serve us some Cookies & Cream right off the line. It was a bit soft because it just came off the line - which is just how Larry loves it (he normally microwaves his). I think he could have eaten the whole quart himself (and he practically did!).
In addition to the flavors they sell in-store they have additional flavors in their Ice Cream Shop that you can try - the Campfire S'mores was a huge hit with our group! It was chocolatey and had that smokey marshmallow taste as well - so good!
The restaurant also extends outside to a fantastic patio with a view of the property and the Olde Mill.
Factory tour - it's not so much a tour of the facility as a window into the facility. If you want to see the production line - I recommend going in the morning when they open at 11. And check out those production totals - that's a lotta ice cream!!!!
So that was my day at Velvet - if you're looking for a nice day trip - it's a nice drive with a good destination - especially if you have ice cream loving kids!
Be sure to catch me tomorrow morning on Local 12/Star 64 at 840am where I'll be making some ice cream treats thanks to Velvet Ice Cream!