Blue Bell Ice Cream

Written by Mary Evans
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Blue Bell Ice Cream is not only the most successful variety of ice cream in Texas, but it's the third most popular in the entire nation; that's pretty good considering it's available in fewer than a dozen states. It's made at Blue Bell Creameries in the town of Brenham, Texas, where it's been made since 1911. The Blue Bell homemade vanilla is so popular that the locals just ask for some BBHV.

The Scoop on Touring the Blue Bell Ice Cream Plant

Tours are available in Brenham if you want to see exactly how they make their "hand made style" ice cream that beats the others "by a country smile." Sure, you can visit them online, but you won't be able to get a sample that way. Tours are available weekdays only, but the country store and ice cream parlor are open on Saturdays if you just can't wait until Monday to get a taste.

Brenham is about an hour west of Houston, and is worth a look in and of itself--not just for some delicious ice cream. It's the bluebonnet capital of the world, so a trip in March is the best way to see the countryside bursting with color. Brenham is also near the historic heart of Texas, Washington-on-the-Brazos, the original capital after Texas won its independence from Mexico.

This part of Texas is rich with lots of history, which creates the famous Texas pride that permeates the state. Aside from old-fashioned ice cream makers, Brenham is home to historic bed and breakfasts, too. Refurbished plantations, rustic (and still working) ranches, and cozy cabins are great places to get away from the noise of the big city and relive the great history of the Lone Star State . . . and you can still get some ice cream, too.

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