Monday, June 30, 2008

Blue Bell Ice Cream factory tour

On Friday, I packed a lunch, some snacks and drinks and we headed to Brenham, Texas to take a tour of the Blue Bell Ice Cream factory. My cousin, Natalia, and her girls live in Houston and we thought it was a good place to meet for a visit. It also helped that Brenham is halfway between Austin and Houston. The tour was a lot of fun (and only 30 minutes long!). It was a lot like watching a live episode of Unwrapped. We got to see a lot of different flavors being made and loads of chocolate swirling around. One interesting tidbit about Blue Bell is that they are the third best selling ice cream, just after Dreyer's and Breyer's ice cream. Here's the interesting part. Dreyer's and Breyer's are both sold nationwide, whereas Blue Bell is only sold in seventeen states!!

If you haven't been on a tour, you'll have to find a way to go. Their samples were great (and large!). Ashley had chocolate chip cookie dough, Jonathan had chocolate fudge, Paige had strawberry and I had caramel turtle fudge.

After the tour, we went through the gift shop and then headed to Fireman's Park where the kids ate a lunch and ran around before we headed back home. Here are a few pictures from the park - which explains the rosy-cheeked kiddos.

{l-r: Ashley, Jonathan, Drew, Alexandra, Isabella, and Paige}

all hot and rosy after playing at the park

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