The décor is bare and functional, but the Dairy Salesroom on the University of Minnesota campus in St. Paul has its fans. We usually stock up on good quality and reasonably priced ice cream, frozen yogurt, and cheeses from here. On my recent trip, there were 15 different flavors of ice cream and 20 types of cheese, including the white-blue, bold-flavored Nuworld cheese that I’m told is unique to the university—it's the shop's most popular item.
I snagged a $3 pint of Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle ice cream, a $3 pint of Lime Yogurt (the one frozen yogurt choice left when I got there), a $1.75 chunk of Garlic and Herb Colby, a $2.47 slab of Aged Goat Fontina, and a $3.12 cut of Raclette from a wheel.
Students manage the shop, which is only open on Wednesdays from 3: 00 to 5:00 p.m. They also make every item at the dairy plant on campus, under a professor’s watchful eye. So, ice cream flavors and cheese types can vary from week to week depending on the lesson plan. Alas, no Gopher Gold—my favorite, french vanilla ice cream with raspberry chocolate ripple—on that recent visit, but I still scored.