It’s the snack choice of summer, slowly melting away those memories of miserable heat and replacing them with cool comfort.

Ice cream in Oklahoma is a big business. Two of the state’s largest ice creameries – Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores and Blue Bell Ice Cream – offer tours of their production facilities in Tuttle and Broken Arrow, respectively, by appointment only. Spectators get a chance to see how ice cream is made on a large scale. Braum’s churns out more than 120 flavors of ice cream and frozen yogurt, while Blue Bell is hard at work providing dozens of flavors – including perennial favorites Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Moo-llennium Crunch – for Oklahoma and surrounding states.

If visiting an ice cream factory isn’t in the cards for this summer, create a mini-factory at home by concocting homemade ice cream. Recipes are available all over the internet and in cookbooks that can be checked out from the local public library. Most recipes call for milk, sugar, cream, egg yolks and just a pinch of salt. Add your favorite flavoring, fruit or nuts, churn and enjoy.

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