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Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor

115 Central Avenue NW, Le Mars, IA - (712) 546-4522
Posted By Michael Stern on 6/17/2011 11:09:00 AM
In 1994, Le Mars was proclaimed the Ice Cream Capital of the World because Wells’ Dairy, makers of Blue Bunny brand ice cream, produces more ice cream than any other single company. Founded in 1913, Wells’ Dairy today boasts of being the largest family-owned dairy in the U.S. If you visit Le Mars, you can tour a new downtown museum and visitors center that features a facsimile of the ice cream production line and a video presentation that tells the whole history of ice cream from ancient times to the present.

If the video inspires appetite, we highly recommend a seat on a booth at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor, where you can enjoy cups full of Mocha Almond Fudge and Toffee Temptation as well as expertly-made chocolate sodas and sundaes.

Recently moved to a new downtown location, but still boasting its vintage marble bar and sundae sculpture, the ice cream parlor is now located in a building that started in 1875 as a hardware and agricultural tools company. The menu is huge, including cones and cups, malts and shakes, sundaes and sodas, floats and phosphates, banana splits and slices of ice cream cake. We are especially smitten with a sundae known as The Avalanche, a gloss on the classic turtle made with vanilla ice cream, hot chocolate syrup and hot caramel syrup, plus crumbled Oreo cookies and whipped cream.

The women who concoct these extravagant sweets are a super-friendly lot who seem genuinely to enjoy the looks of ecstasy that their work inspires. “It’s so much fun to work here,” one of them confided in us. “Ice cream is always such a happy thing.”

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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The Heath Bar sundae features hot fudge sauce, hot caramel sauce, and small chunks of toffee on top of Blue Bunny's butter pecan ice cream.
"The Heath Bar sundae features hot fudge sauce, hot caramel sauce, and small chunks of toffee on top of Blue Bunny's butter pecan ice cream."
Cliff Strutz





A few flavors available one day in the Blue Bunny freezer...
"A few flavors available one day in the Blue Bunny freezer..."
Michael Stern


A turtle sundae on top of a brownie with whipped cream and a sugar cone and cherry.
"A turtle sundae on top of a brownie with whipped cream and a sugar cone and cherry."
Joe Danko


An expertly-made chocolate soda: hard to eat without major spillage, but that's part of the fun.
"An expertly-made chocolate soda: hard to eat without major spillage, but that's part of the fun."
Michael Stern


Seated on a stool at this soda fountain counter, life is always good.
"Seated on a stool at this soda fountain counter, life is always good."
Michael Stern


Mirrors are a common feature in virtually every soda fountain. Is this because people enjoy watching themselves eat something that is such a treat?
"Mirrors are a common feature in virtually every soda fountain. Is this because people enjoy watching themselves eat something that is such a treat?"
Michael Stern


Parked outside the ice cream parlor is this vintage truck from the days every dairy used to deliver its product to people's homes.
"Parked outside the ice cream parlor is this vintage truck from the days every dairy used to deliver its product to people's homes."
Michael Stern


This is the old location of Blue Bunny, which moved downtown on June 15, 2011. The sundae sculpture was moved, too!
"This is the old location of Blue Bunny, which moved downtown on June 15, 2011. The sundae sculpture was moved, too!"
Michael Stern



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