I have many ice cream memories from growing up, such as Sunday night ice cream with the family and Grandpa Bruvold stocking the freezer with ice cream whenever we came to visit. A few ice cream traditions have evolved with my children, and one of them is stopping at The Creamery in Beaver, Utah, which has become a road trip tradition in southern Utah.
Nowadays, I rarely eat ice cream because it contributes to inflammation and is not recommended for those with autoimmune conditions. However, I occasionally indulge in ice cream because it adds to my happiness factor. Well, I take that back. I haven’t had any dairy in months as it can contribute to my multiple sclerosis (MS). But next time we pass by Beaver, I may just have some. At least, I will be very tempted. I generally save my ice cream splurges for vacations and make it a destination thing, particularly during trips on I-15 in Southern Utah and stays in Park City where we go to the Java Cow. Stopping at The Creamery has become a road trip tradition.
BUTTER PECAN & COCONUT CASTAWAY ICE CREAM
When we first stopped here years ago, it was so well hidden that you likely heard about it from a friend. Back then, the internet didn’t have many articles like this one to assist in finding these hidden gems. At that time, The Creamery was housed in a tiny corner of the Dairy Farmers of America building plant, built in 1952 by local farmers to provide cheese to the local community. The creamery is still owned by local family farm-owners, but now they have a nice big building that is pretty easy to see off the freeway, though it still helps to have an introduction by a friend.
BUTTER PECAN & COCONUT CASTAWAY ICE CREAM
My sister and her family have taken this route many times and didn’t even realize The Creamery was there. She learned about it on our drive to our sister’s Zion National Park vacation when I told her we had to stop because “it is tradition” to stop when driving that route. She gave the ice cream rave reviews and felt a bit of regret that they had been missing out on the treat so many times over the years.
I told myself I was going to go with something different this time, but then my taste buds reminded me of how much they love butter pecan, and the taste buds won. I got the butter pecan for my bottom scoop (so it was the last flavor I had). For my second scoop, I landed on the Coconut Castaway. Almond Joys are one of my favorite treats, so the Coconut Castaway sounded fantastic. It is coconut ice cream with a coconut cream swirl, chocolate chunks, and almond pieces. Yum! It might be my new favorite. So, so yummy – at least if you like coconut like I do.
Sugar cones are my preferred choice, with a double scoop of ice cream, but that wasn’t an option this time due to COVID-19. They were only serving it in cups.
I do wish they had a sorbet or something available for those who can’t have dairy. Still, I understand that the store is owned by dairy farmers.
Other Things to Do at The Creamery
Pick Up Some Gifts for Yourself or Someone Else
The gift shop features country goods.
Grab a Quick Lunch
You can grab a quick meal at the Creamery Kitchen where they highlight their locally made cheeses. I haven’t done that yet. But someday I want to try the Mac and Cheese or the deep-fried cheese curds.
Stock Up on Snacks or Other Eats
Pick up some cheese, crackers, jams, or other spreads. On this trip, I purchased a block of green onion cheese that we used on several meals during the week.
Normally they have a cheese tasting station. But it was closed during the COVID pandemic. I missed it.
Entertain the Kids
The kids can be entertained for a bit in the kid’s station where they can learn about how a dairy works and how to milk a cow. (Closed during the COVID pandemic).
Getting to the Creamery
To reach The Creamery from I-15, you can follow these directions:
- Take exit 109 for UT-160 toward Beaver/Pioche.
- Turn east onto UT-160 and continue for approximately 2.2 miles.
- Turn right onto 500 W and continue for about 0.8 miles.
- The destination, 165 S 500 W, Beaver, UT 84713, will be on your left-hand side.
Please note that it’s always a good idea to use a GPS or mapping service to confirm the most up-to-date and accurate directions, as road conditions and construction may change over time.
The Creamery Address
165 S 500 W,
Beaver, UT 84713
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