The Little Creamery
It all started on a hot summer day in 1907.
A group of local businessmen in Brenham, Texas, decided to establish the Brenham Creamery Company and make butter from excess cream brought in by area farmers. A few years later, the creamery began making ice cream and delivering it to neighbors by horse and wagon. It was in 1930 that the company changed its name to Blue Bell Creameries after the native Texas bluebell wildflower. Butter was produced until 1958 when Blue Bell began to focus full time on making ice cream.
Today, our product lineup includes Blue Bell Ice Cream, Light Ice Cream, No Sugar Added Ice Cream, Sherbet and frozen snacks. Each one is distributed to supermarkets and food stores through our direct store delivery program. Direct store delivery means that no one other than a Blue Bell employee handles the product from the time it is made until it reaches the grocery store. This is one of the ways that Blue Bell ensures consumers get the freshest possible ice cream.
Our growth has been slow – it wasn’t until the 1980s that Blue Bell became available outside of Texas – but it has been steady. Although Blue Bell is only available in a portion of the nation’s supermarkets, it ranks as one of the best-selling ice creams in the country. Our products are sold in 22 states. No matter how much the market grows, quality standards never change and are never compromised. That’s why some folks say, “Blue Bell is the best ice cream in the country.”
Our commitment to you.
We proudly make Blue Bell Ice Cream the old-fashioned way, with the freshest and finest ingredients. We top it off with the special skills and knowledge we’ve developed over the years.
In fact, we at Blue Bell care so much about delivering on our commitment, we go the extra mile for our customers.
Only Blue Bell employees handle our ice cream from the moment the ingredients arrive at our creamery until it’s hand-delivered to your store. Watch below to learn about our direct store delivery program!
A lot has changed
One thing that remains the same is how we make ice cream. But how did this little creamery from the small town of Brenham, Texas, become a top-selling ice cream company?
By working to make each new spoonful of your favorite flavor of Blue Bell Ice Cream taste as delicious as the last.
Scroll through our history below to see over 100 years of highlights, fun facts and so much more.
A treat for the eyes and ears.
Grab a bowl of ice cream, have a seat and enjoy some of our favorite radio and television commercials.
Visit Blue Bell
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The Little Creamery.
Visit us in our hometown of Brenham, Texas! Stop by for a scoop of ice cream at the Ice Cream Parlor, view how we make ice cream from the Observation Deck, shop in the Country Store and learn more about us in our Visitor Center.
You can also visit us in Sylacauga, Alabama. At this location we offer an Ice Cream Parlor, an area where you can see our ice cream being made and the Country Store.
We hope to see you soon!
Blue Bell Creameries – Brenham, Texas
1101 South Blue Bell Road
Brenham, Texas 77833
Open Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.* (CST)
Country Store, Ice Cream Parlor and Visitor Center:
Open Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (CST)
*Please note the changes to our hours during the holiday season:
The Observation Deck will be closed December 10, 24, 25, 26 and 31, and January 1.
The Country Store, Ice Cream Parlor and Visitor Center will be open 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. December 24 and 31.
The Country Store, Ice Cream Parlor and Visitor Center will be closed December 25 and January 1.
*Hours are subject to change. Please call in advance if you would like to ensure this area is open during your visit.
Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
A trip to Blue Bell isn’t complete without exploring the beautiful surrounding communities.
To make the most of your visit, check out these guides to Brenham and Sylacauga.