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What goes into McConnell's ice cream: milk, flavor, history
What goes into McConnell's ice cream: milk, flavor, history

The marionberry jam threads through the scoop of lemon ice cream like cirrus clouds in a kind of Roald Dahl universe, dark magenta and pale yellow in an imaginary sky. The ice cream is as smooth as satin, the flavors somehow both subtle and extravagant. This is New World Order ice cream, produced with state-of-the-art equipment. Yet it is also very old-school, so much of the process varying little since Gordon McConnell started McConnell's Fine Ice Creams in 1949, after returning home to Santa Barbara from the Second World War. On a recent Wednesday, owner Michael Palmer gave a tour of the creamery where McConnell's ice cream is still made, some 70 years after it began. Palmer,...

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