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Broom's Bloom Dairy

1700 South Fountain Green Road, Bel Air, MD - (410) 399-2697
Posted By Cliff Strutz on 8/15/2012 8:47:00 PM
Just 45 minutes north of Baltimore and a mere four mile drive from I-95, you will find a slice of pastoral heaven. The Dallam family has been working this farmland in Harford County for nine generations and in 2004, they opened Broom's Bloom Dairy.

The list of available ice cream changes frequently; we tried some of the more unusual ones. The chocolate red velvet is sinfully rich, with a seemingly endless supply of small bits of cake mixed in. It took us a few bites to get used to the sweet corn ice cream, but once we did, it quickly became a favorite. The ice cream itself has a mild corn taste and contains whole frozen kernels. Once the kernels melt inside your mouth, it releases a powerful new wave of fresh, sweet corn flavor. Others we have enjoyed include the intense coffee ice cream, which remind us of a dark roast, the naturally colored pistachio, and the farm-fresh peach.

When we saw many of the other customers eating appetizing lunches, we decided to explore the regular menu. The smokiness of the mac and cheese (using their own cheddar and smoked gouda) makes it a must-order side dish. They use those same cheeses in the gooey grilled cheese, which leaves a long string of cheese when you pull it apart. The only soup we have tried so far is the made-in-house Maryland crab soup, loaded with sweet crab meat and vegetables.

Back to that setting: we have yet to see any cows, but during one particular visit we could tell from the dairy farm smell that they were nearby. Once in mid-August, the store was boxed in by rows of corn stalks on one side and a gorgeous field of sunflowers on the other. Sitting on an outside bench, enjoying the country air and licking high-quality ice cream, is a welcome respite from civilization.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Ice Cream
Maryland Half and Half
Mac and Cheese
Grilled Cheese
Iced Tea
Maryland Crab Soup
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The chocolate red velvet is for serious chocolate lovers only!
"The chocolate red velvet is for serious chocolate lovers only!"
Cliff Strutz





You can always count on Broom's Bloom for some truly unusual flavors.  This carrot cardamom was a hit with our table.
"You can always count on Broom's Bloom for some truly unusual flavors. This carrot cardamom was a hit with our table."
Cliff Strutz


Maryland half and half combines cream of crab and Maryland crab soups.  It sounds odd, but it really does work.
"Maryland half and half combines cream of crab and Maryland crab soups. It sounds odd, but it really does work."
Cliff Strutz


You can find wonderfully fresh iced teas in the refrigerator.  This one includes orange peel, lemongrass, citrus herbs and licorice root.
"You can find wonderfully fresh iced teas in the refrigerator. This one includes orange peel, lemongrass, citrus herbs and licorice root."
Cliff Strutz


You can get your gooey grilled cheese on white, wheat, rye, or pumpernickel.
"You can get your gooey grilled cheese on white, wheat, rye, or pumpernickel."
Cliff Strutz


This was our first time encountering sweet corn ice cream. We will keep our eyes peeled for it from now on.
"This was our first time encountering sweet corn ice cream. We will keep our eyes peeled for it from now on."
Cliff Strutz


Besides this Maryland crab soup, you can also get a bowl that is half Maryland crab and half cream of crab. It goes on the list of things to try in future visits.
"Besides this Maryland crab soup, you can also get a bowl that is half Maryland crab and half cream of crab. It goes on the list of things to try in future visits."
Cliff Strutz


If you like your mac and cheese extra smoky and ultra-cheesy, you will love this version.
"If you like your mac and cheese extra smoky and ultra-cheesy, you will love this version."
Cliff Strutz


The coffee ice cream. By the way, the portion sizes are huge.
"The coffee ice cream. By the way, the portion sizes are huge."
Cliff Strutz


The available ice cream flavors on 8/11/12
"The available ice cream flavors on 8/11/12"
Cliff Strutz


The interior in a rare moment when there is no line.
"The interior in a rare moment when there is no line."
Cliff Strutz


You will find lots of cow and farm images, including this lovely mural.
"You will find lots of cow and farm images, including this lovely mural."
Cliff Strutz


The outside seating gives a great view of the rest of the farm.
"The outside seating gives a great view of the rest of the farm."
Cliff Strutz


A big thanks to Cousin Johnny for taking me to this excellent source of year-round ice cream.
"A big thanks to Cousin Johnny for taking me to this excellent source of year-round ice cream."
Cliff Strutz



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