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Inside scoop: Michigan State’s Dairy Store ice cream

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As a Michigan State University alum, I’m very familiar with the Dairy Store. Some of my happiest Spartan memories revolve around its delicious, locally owned ice cream. If you’re not familiar, the MSU Dairy Foods Complex Team makes a variety of ice cream and cheeses — and they’re available at on campus at Anthony Hall (474 S. Shaw Lane, East Lansing). Once you arrive, the sweet, sugary aroma of ice cream will hit you almost immediately.  

The Dairy Store serves 13 flavors of ice cream, which rotate weekly. Customers can get cups, cones, shakes and more. Some of the flavors are MSU or Big Ten-inspired, like the peanut butter and fudge-swirled Buckeye Blitz. Although my favorite flavor, Sesquicentennial Swirl (green cake batter and frosting), was unavailable, I made due. I opted for a single scoop of the Cookie Monster flavor — Blue Moon ice cream with Oreos and chunks of cookie dough. Are you even a true Michigander if you don’t appreciate the vanilla deliciousness that is Blue Moon ice cream? It’s said to have been created in Ludington. The flavor was perfectly creamy and the crunches of cookies added a nice texture. The waffle cone was soft, sugary and freshly made. My friend chose a flavor packed with three candy bars, appropriately named Candy Bar Coma. It was the perfect taste of summer for an otherwise gloomy April afternoon.  

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