Dairy Bar recognized nationally
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 00:09
On September 11, USA Today recognized UConn’s Dairy Bar as one of the 51 best ice cream parlors in the nation.
A long lasting tradition at UConn, The Dairy Bar has been in operation since 1953, when it first opened to sell dairy products, such as fresh eggs, yogurt and cheese that still fill the shelves today.
Famous amongst UConn students and the surrounding community, the Dairy Bar has won the “Best of Connecticut 2012: Best Ice Cream” award and was the Best of New England Winner Editor’s Choice by Yankee Magazine earlier this year but has previously lacked national recognition.
The Dairy Bar, a division of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, serves 24 flavors of ice cream to over 200,000 customers annually. According to the parlor’s website, the recipe used by the Dairy Bar today is identical to the recipe originally used in the early 1900s and the cows used for milk are not fed hormones.
Kevin Seely, a manager at the UConn Dairy bar, said that the recognition on a national level was a positive for the staff that doesn’t often receive complimentary feedback due to the nature of their work.
“A lot of the time we don’t get positive feedback, because it’s ice cream and everyone assumes that ice cream is always good and that everyone loves ice cream so nobody says anything. We tend to only hear anything when things go wrong. It was nice to be recognized,” said Seely.
Seely also said that the national ranking was optimistic in terms of recognizing the efforts of the staff.
“People don’t realize how hard we work here. We work really hard and people think it’s just scooping ice cream. It’s not. There are people behind the scenes making the ice cream that don’t ever get acknowledged,” said Seely.