This archived article was written by: Kristin Zarucci-Mize
Over the last couple of weeks, USU-CEU Dining Services brought Aggie Ice Cream to the Price campus. Unfortunately, in a short amount of time the ice cream sold out or 46 pints was stolen. The cafeteria was selling it for a promotional special of $3.29 when the product usually sells for about $3.99.
When Dining Services Manager Becky Archibald checked the number sold verses the number ordered, she noticed that 46 pints had been missing. Despite the theft, the ice cream will be available again in the USUCEU bookstore after spring break.
Aggie Ice Cream was created by Gustav Wilster in 1922 who was hired by Utah State University to work in the Animal Science Building which included a modern creamery. People loved the ice cream so much that many more flavors were created.
Now, Aggie Ice Cream has 34 different flavors and is known throughout the world. The premium ice cream has become a staple of university events, alumni weddings and snack breaks for students and summer tour groups bound for Bear Lake.
Why is it so good, you may ask? It is said that the great taste comes from the fact that Aggie Ice Cream has a 12 percent butterfat content. It’s aged slightly longer and contains less air than most commercial brands.
It gained popularity worldwide when a Korean USU student named Duk-Man Lee loved the ice cream so much that he devised a plan to take it home with him. He gathered a group of Korean business men, who proposed the idea to USU, and in June 2000, the first international Aggie Ice Cream was opened in Seoul, South Korea.
Not only that, but Aggie Ice Cream was also the first ice cream to make it to outer space, thanks to USU’s aerospace technologies division.
Aggie Ice cream makes an ideal gift for friends, family, or even as a treat for yourself.