Blue Bell Ice Cream - the mere mention of the name makes every Texan's mouth water.  It's as genuinely "Texas" as Bar-B-Q and longhorn cattle.  A highlight of traveling the backroads of Texas is seeing a "Blue Bell Served Here" sign posted in a store window.  Not only does the little creamery in Brenham produce the country's best ice cream, but it also has become one of the state's most popular tourist attractions.

 

Tours of the Blue Bell Creamery are offered weekdays for a small fee (check www.bluebell.com for times).  Visitors don an ice cream hat to take a guided tour of the creamery.  From elevated viewing rooms, families can watch hundreds of cartons of their favorite ice cream being filled and readied for shipping while learning interesting history and facts about the company.  For example, the company confirms that their slogan "We eat all we can, and we sell the rest" is true.  Our three kids have all decided where they want to work when they grow up!  The highlight of the tour is, of course, the conclusion -- enjoying a scoop of the delicious ice cream.

Our family loved touring Blue Bell.  The only downside to the tour is the crowds on school-holidays, but that is simply a testament to the tour's popularity.  Our kids learned a lot about the production of one of their favorite treats, and (if this is even possible) our family walked away even bigger fans of Blue Bell Ice Cream than we were when we arrived.