Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe (WSU Creamery)

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Last week we made a trip to Ferdinand’s, the ice cream shop of the WSU Creamery, which is a good spot any time of year.

Running to the entrance of Ferdinand's

Running to the entrance of Ferdinand's

Ferdinand's sign

Ferdinand's sign

One of the best things to get is a latte, which uses milk from the creamery and is really cheap (I think around $1.50).

Ferdinand's Front Door

Ferdinand's Front Door

From the website: “Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Washington State University’s gourmet ice cream shop, features old-fashioned ice cream and soda fountain treats, exclusive ice cream flavors, gourmet coffee and espresso drinks and of course, award winning Cougar Cheese.”

Fresh ice cream

Fresh ice cream

My favorite: Apple Cup Crisp!

My favorite: Apple Cup Crisp!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl in A Waffle Cone = Heaven

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl in A Waffle Cone = Heaven

The cheese counter

The cheese counter

Cougar Cheese is made at WSU and is surprisingly good (I am surprised mainly because it comes in a can, which is not usually the mark of a fine cheese – but really, it is excellent).  You can buy cans around town, but I think Ferdinand’s is the only place you can buy the smaller portions, the curd, and the cooking cheese.  This is good because the cans have 2 pounds of cheese – which is a LOT of cheese!

Cougar gold cheese and cured

Cougar gold cheese and curds

The Cheese Cooler

The Cheese Cooler

You can also buy WSU Honey, and Cougar Gold nachos.

WSU-Produced Honey

WSU-Produced Honey

Cougar Gold Nachos!

Cougar Gold Nachos!

After you have your ice cream, go up to the Observation Room where you can see the cheese and ice cream being made.

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Looking over the Cheese-making floor

Observing

The WSU Creamery offers educational tours, and a cheesemaking shortcourse.

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Door to the Observation Room

Door to the Observation Room

Ferdinand’s is located in the Food Quality Building on the WSU Campus, 2 blocks east of the New Biotech/Life Sciences building. It is across from the Indoor Practice Facility.

It has a bathroom with changing table, a highchair, and a water fountain.  It also has an outdoor seating area.

Park at the parking meters.  Do not park on the street unless you want a ticket (trust me on this one!)

Outdoor seating area

On the wall is the illustrated story of Ferdinand the Bull:

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Part of the story of Ferdinand

The website gives this version of how Ferdinand’s was named:  “The most popular story is that in 1938, the Washington State College Dairy Products Judging Team was trying to earn money for competitions. There was a student on that team, Rune Goranson, whose middle name happened to be Ferdinand. Also in 1938, the Disney short film “Ferdinand the Bull” was released. All this was too much to ignore and the judging team sold ice cream sundaes to raise funds and named their sales booth “Ferdinand’s”. Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe opened its doors on September 24, 1948 in Troy Hall and remained there until 1992, before moving to its current location in the Food Quality Building.”

Ferdinand’s is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 to 4:30, but check for special hours (like holidays and game days), check the website:

http://www.wsu.edu/creamery/hours.htm

Cans of Cougar Gold
Cans of Cougar Gold
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Filed under Food, Pullman Washington, Things to Do, Uncategorized, Washington State University, What to do if it is snowing

2 responses to “Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe (WSU Creamery)

  1. I really am enjoying all these interesting trips to see the best of the Pullman Palouse area. Keep it up!

    • mypullmanparadise

      Thank you for the encouragement – it is nice to know I have readers. Please post any suggestions you have for outings we should do!

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