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Velvet Ice Cream Celebrates 100 Years

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A century ago this May Day, Jospeh Dager founded Velvet Ice Cream in Utica, Ohio. Four generations later, the company is still family-owned and operated, and produces over five million gallons of ice cream a year.

Only roughly 3% of all American businesses will ever achieve this milestone, and so to commemorate, Velvet Ice cream will host a series of specials, events, and activities for their loyal followers in Ohio.

The first of these is the opening of Ye Old Mill on May 1st. Ye Old Mill is the headquarters for the brand, and also houses an ice cream and milling museum. It was named one of America’s Best Ice Cream Factory Tours by Frommer’s.

The Mill will be open from May 1st – October 31st, and is a great field trip for students as well as adults, especially during the annual Utica Ice Cream Festival, which will be held May 24th-May 26th this year.

On National Ice Cream Day, July 20th, visitors at Ye Old Mill will be able to enjoy buy-one-get-one-free ice cream. There will also be free entertainment every Sunday at the Mill during its opening.

Velvet Ice Cream is also celebrating its birthday with a new, all natural line of flavors. This new brand uses cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, farm fresh cream, pure vanilla, and sustainably-grown chocolate.

Ice cream lovers will be able to find this new line in these flavors: Vanilla, Bourbon Pecan, Salted Chocolate Fudge, and Vanilla Chocolate Duo. They’re available in stores, like Raisin Rack Natural Food Market, now.

Velvet Ice Cream will also be launching several new flavors in its anniversary activities, as well as reintroducing old favorites, like the Peach Cobbler. They will also release a cookbook featuring recipes and its history.

Velvet Ice Cream will continue to announce specials throughout the year as they remember a century of ice cream making. Ye Old Mill is located at 11324 Mount Vernon Road in Utica.

For a complete list of activities, visit www.velveticecream.com.

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