ABC’s of UMD: Letter I

I is for ICE CREAM!

The University of Maryland began producing its own ice cream in 1924. The dairy science faculty originally created this award-winning treat, which is currently manufactured by the bakery staff of University Dining Services.

Turner Hall on Route 1 was the first home to the ice cream manufacturing operation. By 1926, two years after production began, 75% of the Dairy’s summer customers requested a scoop, in addition to their purchases of milk, butter, and cottage cheese.

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Wendell Arbuckle (left) and staff member in dairy manufacturing lab.

UMD’s ice cream tradition flourished under the guidance of faculty member Wendell Arbuckle, who earned the name “Mr. Ice Cream” for his research on the science behind the frozen treat and development of exotic flavors such as pink grapefruit, carrot, sweet potato, and rhubarb. Arbuckle also wrote many articles and books on ice cream, and his standard textbook on the treat was widely used in classroom instruction.

In April 2014, the Dairy moved its operations to the Stamp Student Union, adjacent to the food court. Today, Dining Services continues the university’s ice cream tradition by creating various specialty flavors like 1856, Rockin’ Randy, Midnight Madness, Fear the Turtle, Brenda’s Peanut Butter Frese, and Turge Turtle Crunch, in addition to long-standing favorites like vanilla, cookies and cream, and mint chocolate chip.

Stop by the Stamp to get a cone, cup, sundae, milkshake, or half-gallon to take home, or make arrangements for an awesome ice cream social!

This is the ninth post in our series on Terrapin Tales called ABC’s of UMD! Posts will come out twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, throughout the semester. If you want to learn more about campus history, check back weekly to see what we’ve picked to highlight, and you can also visit our encyclopedia University of Maryland A to Z: MAC to Millennium for more UMD facts.

Do you have other ABC’s about campus? Let us know in the comments below!

Check back on Friday, October 2 , for Letter J!

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