Join Milton Hershey School at the Spartan Ice Cream Center this Summer
Visit the Milton Hershey School campus this summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a sweet treat at the Spartan Ice Cream Center. Homemade by MHS students, Spartan ice cream is a summer necessity for all who can join us at the Center! Learn more below about how you can try the sweet treat.
The Center opened on Thursday, June 22 and closes on Thursday, Aug. 10. The summer hours for the Center are:
Tuesdays, Noon – 2:30 p.m.
Thursdays, Noon – 2:30 p.m.
A History of Spartan Ice Cream
The Spartan Ice Cream Center was created during the 1995-96 school year—the year that the Agricultural and Environmental Education (AEE) program was created. Originally run by two staff members who learned to make ice cream at Penn State University, the Center was held at the remodeled Cloverdale Barn on campus. There it grew and became a Spartan tradition. The Center’s current location is across from the Community Recreation Center.
Ice Cream Making at MHS
Students in the AEE program are involved in every step of the process to make Spartan ice cream, including designing and printing labels, advertising, customer service, and inventory control and management.
Spartan ice cream is made continuously throughout the summer, which means it’s always at peak freshness and is known for being thick and creamy. Made with milk, cream, sugar, and various mix-ins like fruit grown on our campus, MHS students create approximately 32 premium flavors that are available on rotation throughout the summer.
Spartan ice cream is sold year-round in half-gallon containers at Project Market, a local produce market open to the community. Project Market also offers fresh produce, picked year-round by student interns and staff, and meats, plants, and more. Students also participate in planting and growing these products. For the latest news, hours, and product information, follow MHS Project Market on Facebook.