We had quite an adventure this morning! Awhile back I wrote a post about my favorite things about our happy town. In that post I mentioned our hometown ice cream addiction. Upon reading my entry they generously invited our family to visit the factory and see how Hudsonville Ice Cream is made.
Interestingly, we learned that all manufactured ice cream is made up of about 50% air. As Mr. Fillipini joked that really just means we can eat twice as much! Actually, he explained that by adding more than air national or generic brands sell ice cream for less money. Of course, the sacrifice then is FLAVOR! In fact, he mentioned that some brands are not able to use the words ice cream on their containers; based on ingredients they are instead labeled ”dairy treats.”
~The ice cream is chilled to 21 degrees and stored in a massive cooler.
~Hollanders breathe easy knowing that our dear Captain Sundae serves Hudsonville Ice Cream.
~Kilwin's brand ice cream is also mixed and packaged in this factory.
~The Hudsonville plant was seriously the cleanest place I have ever been in. They explained that every vat, tube, pipe, floor, and wall is thoroughly cleaned out daily.
~The ice cream formulators are often sent samples of chocolate, candy, and fudge in the sender's hopes of being added to new blends.
Thanks for the great visit Hudsonville!