Ice cream is sweet business, especially when you’re a local creamery that’s been churning out ice cream for appreciative Whatcom County residents for decades.
“Everybody loves ice cream,” says Mike Dodson, salesman for Edaleen Dairy. “Especially in the summer time, being involved in the ice cream business, there’s nothing better.”
Especially this summer, with its more-than-usual number of sunny, hot days.
Edaleen has four stores in Whatcom County, all selling a wide variety of dairy products, including ice cream. The first store opened on Guide Meridian in 1975, the year Ed and Aileen Brandsma started what was then a small family business. The fourth store opened on Peace Portal Way in Blaine in October 2014.
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“We’re deeply appreciative of the welcome we’ve received in Blaine,” Dodson says.
The ice cream is made using milk from Edaleen’s Holstein cows.
“They are the hardest-working employees in the company and they are treated accordingly,” Dodson says.
Edaleen churns out more than 50 ice cream flavors at its plant. You’ll find 16 at a time rotating through the cases at its stores, where you can buy by the cone or by the quart.
The top seller? Vanilla. “Always has been. Always will be,” Dodson says.
Other contenders include a taste of childhood that’s always a favorite with each new generation. “Kids love our blue bubblegum,” he says.
Although it already has many, Edaleen still whips up new flavors.
“Last year’s winner was coconut-almond bliss,” Dodson says.
If that’s not your thing, dip your spoon into flavors like fudgy wudgy, coffee almond fudge, or blueberry cheesecake.
Or try Edaleen’s newest product, ice cream cakes that are found at all of its stores. They’re made with Edaleen’s soft serve ice cream and come in four flavors: vanilla-chocolate mix, coffee-toffee, peanut butter lovers, and salted caramel.
Kie Relyea is a reporter for The Bellingham Herald.