Welcome to Kent's Ice Cream,
Home of the BIG BAR
Welcome to the Kent's
Ice Cream, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin website. We handmake a popular ice cream product called the BIG BAR and vend them at various
events in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Yes, this is still the Kent's Ice Cream that began in Fort Atkinson in
1941. We still use old fashioned recipes and very high quality ingredients that go against the food industry trend
to make things cheaper and cheaper. Many so-called ice cream products are not up to ice cream standards and many
don't even have dairy in them. In many cases, if the product does contain cream and milk, it is "ultra-high
pasteurized" or "UHT" which basically burns all the good stuff out of the milk. We use HTST pasteurization
methods, which helps retain much of the good nutrients found in dairy products.
We have already posted a tentative 2014 show schedule on the show schedule page.
There are some changes from past years.
Above is our latest crazy unfinished project. We grafted
the fins from a real '57 Plymouth using '58 Plymouth tail-lights to one of our vending trailers. Our friends at French
Lake Auto Parts in Annandale, MN supplied most of the parts from a car in their huge yard that was way too far gone.
Google French Lake Auto Parts to find a great salvage yard with cars going back into the 30's still in their yard. The fine folks at MoPar Collectors Guide saw this trailer at the Belvidere MoPar Happening and decided to do
a short story about the trailer and the big bar. It appeared in the December 2012 issue. Thanks MCG! We were hoping to do more to this project this past winter, but accomplishing anything outdoors has been a
challenge this winter season.
The above photo was taken at
the June 2013 Fort Atkinson Cruise Night where we had 402 classic cars and trucks help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of
the cruise nights. That night was a great example of our motto noting it is not about the cars, it's about the people.
We saw smiles on everyone's faces and a huge spectator crowd came out to check out the rides and visit with the owners.
It was a very fun year.
Kent's Ice Cream,
916 Madison Avenue
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
Above shows Lauren, a good friend, who has helped us at some
events and loves the bars. She decided to put a big bar bumper sticker on her car - we could not resist posting it here.
Here's an enterprising young man hauling parts at the Jefferson Swap
Meet in September.
The above pictures
are of a long-time customer, George Gandsey, who recently moved to Las Vegas and had a couple neat photos snapped of
him wishing big bars could be had in the desert. George came back to Wisconsin to attend the Elkhorn Swap Meet in August
with his good friends and gave us copies of the photos. Sorry George, you will just have to come back to the Midwest
for your big bar fix again next year! Las Vegas just isn't in the cards for us :-)