Kalona, IA (April 3, 2018) – Kalona Creamery, a member of the Open Gates Business Development Corporation family, recently announced that it will produce ice cream starting April 17, 2018. This landmark facility, previously known as the Kalona cheese factory, has long been known for cheese production, but never ice cream. Kalona Creamery will launch with 8 made-in-house flavors, frozen pints, and floats that feature several local ingredients such as: Kalona Chocolates (Kalona, IA), Kalona SuperNatural milk and cream (Kalona, IA), Miller’s jam (Kalona, IA), shortbread from The Perfect Blend (Mt. Vernon, IA) and Millstream Brewing Co. soda (Amana, IA).  Inspired by their rural surroundings, their ice cream flavors will feature fun farm names such as: Udderly Chocolate, Parlor Pie, Moo-mint, Chicken Feed, Pecan Pasture and more!

It doesn’t stop there! Each bowl of ice cream will feature their signature chocolate “Lona the Cow” topper. These adorable chocolate cows are hand-crafted by Kalona Chocolates and exclusive to Kalona Creamery.

To celebrate, Kalona Creamery invites you to their ice cream launch party on April 21, 2018, from 9 am – 5 pm. This free, family-friendly event will feature samples, photos with ‘Lona’ the cow mascot, and, of course, shopping. Also, customers will have the chance to tackle their ice cream challenge, ten scoops of ice cream in ten minutes. Those who complete it will receive a free Kalona Creamery t-shirt and $10 gift card.

Sara Rissi, Marketing Manager for Kalona Creamery, says, “We are excited to bring locally-made, hard serve ice cream to the Kalona area! One of our business goals is to support local companies as much as possible, our ice cream is just one more way we are making that happen. We hope to see you at the launch party!”

In addition to the ice cream, Kalona Creamery has a shop & deli that features numerous Iowa vendors and unique gifts. Over the last year, Kalona Creamery has been renovating the cheese curd production area. The company expects to be producing cheese curds in 2018. Read Cheese Curd production update blog.  

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