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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 Sciences. The milk and cream come directly from over 300 NC State cows on our farm in Raleigh, North Carolina.

An animation shows different Howling Cow branded merchandise, including a tote bag, shirts and a hat.
An animation shows five ice cream sandwiches being stacked on top of one another, then topped with a toy cow.

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 North Carolina 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 at locations across campus and at Harris Teeter stores statewide.

70+ Years

making the sweet stuff

300 Cows

on our campus

Meet the herd

1,000 Gallons

of ice cream made weekly

A scoop of ice cream outside of Talley Student Union

A World of Flavor

Our treats are dreamed up and tested (over and over) in our lab, and our dairy products are made from milk right across the field. You can’t get it any fresher.

Various Howling Cow products, including pints of ice cream and milk.
The Howling Cow Dairy Education Center and Creamery serves up more than the perfect scoop. Sky-high ice cream sandwiches, buzzy coffee beverages, even barbecue sauce — there’s a world of flavor to explore.
A hand with a cow-print manicure gently places a cherry on top of a cherry vanilla milkshake.
A towering stack of five ice cream sandwiches, made with freshly baked cookies and Howling Cow ice cream.
A Howling Cow ice cream cone held up against a red checkered background.
A hand with a cow-print manicure pours milk into a glass with a cow decal.
A bottle of Howling How barbecue sauce.
A hand picks out a carton of low fat milk from the fridge at the Howling Cow creamery.
A hand drizzles chocolate syrup on a s'more sundae.
A coffee drink from the Howling Cow creamery and dairy education center.

Which Howling Cow Flavor Are You?

You’ve always wondered. We’ve got answers.

Inside the world of NC State ice cream: Ever wonder how our famous Howling Cow ice cream goes from farm to spoon? Get a behind-the-scenes look.

Howling Cow Dairy Education Center and Creamery

A destination on Lake Wheeler Road teaches families about agriculture through experiential learning — and tasting.

An exterior view of the Howling Cow Dairy Education Center and Creamery.