A scoop of ice cream in the atrium of Talley Student Union

Howling Cow

It's NC State's very own ice cream — and it's the coolest. Developed in our lab, made on campus, loved by all.

You’re in for a Treat

It’s only natural for a university with a 329-acre dairy farm and a nationally recognized food science program to make ridiculously delicious ice cream. Our students and programs reap the benefits — and the statewide cult following is just a sweet bonus.

True to its tasty roots, Howling Cow® ice cream is still made on campus in the Feldmeier Dairy Processing Lab, part of the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science. The milk and cream come directly from over 300 NC State cows on our farm in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Inside Scoop

Like most great ideas at NC State, Howling Cow started in a lab. In the 1940s, scientists here kicked off a creamy, dreamy research project that would become the stuff of legends.

At first, their results could only be found in the cafeteria. In the 1970s, the ice cream made its debut at the N.C. State Fair and quickly became the event’s crown jewel. And in 1980, a small cafe in D.H. Hill Library began slinging cones, too. The price? Just 30 cents per scoop.

Fast forward to 2008: a branding project finally gave Howling Cow its name. And now, at long last, North Carolinians can find the beloved treat across campus and at Harris Teeter locations statewide.

70+ years

making the sweet stuff

300 cows

on our campus

1,000 gallons

of ice cream made weekly

Our Homemade Flavors

Our flavors are dreamed up and tested (over and over) in our lab. The ice cream we make on campus comes from milk right across the field. You can’t get it fresher.

Banana Pudding

Banana-flavored ice cream with vanilla wafers and a marshmallow ripple.

Butter Almond

Sweet, buttery ice cream mixed with salty, roasted almonds.

Campfire Delight™

Graham-cracker-flavored ice cream with a marshmallow ripple and chocolate chunks.

Cherry Brick Road™

Dark chocolate ice cream with cherries, chocolate chunks and a marshmallow ripple.

Cherry Vanilla

Sweet red cherries swirled in classic vanilla ice cream.


Rich, creamy chocolate-flavored ice cream.

Chocolate Chip Mint

Mint-flavored ice cream blended with chocolate chips.

Coco Choco Cafe

Provost's Pick™: Coffee ice cream with coconut flakes, chocolate chunks and a caramel swirl.

Cookie Dough2

Cookie-dough-flavored ice cream swirled with chocolate chips and cookie dough pieces.

Cookies and Cream

Vanilla ice cream blended with chocolate cookie pieces.

Java Bean

Creamy cappuccino-flavored ice cream.

Lemon Wafer

Tart lemon ice cream mixed with pieces of sweet vanilla wafer.

Peanut Butter Spin

Chocolate ice cream swirled with salty peanut butter.


There's nothing better than North Carolina strawberries, churned to perfection.


Our dairy milk's quality is unparalleled, and it shines through in this classic vanilla.

Wolf Tracks

Chancellor's Choice™: Vanilla- and fudge-swirled ice cream mixed with mini peanut butter cups.

A scoop of ice cream outside of Talley Student Union