Ample Hills Opens New Ice Cream Factory in Brooklyn

Brooklyn-based ice cream maker Ample Hills Creamery opened a new factory in Red Hook Thursday, complete with its own shop and interactive museum.

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The new 15,000 square foot factory on Van Brunt Street will help to expand Ample Hills Creamery's national reach by allowing the brand to produce more than 500,000 gallons of ice cream each year. It is now the largest ice cream factory in NYC.
The factory will be able to pump out batches of the brand's classic flavors like Ooey Gooey Butter Cake (pictured above) with its on-site bakery and mechanical system that ensures the delicious mix-ins are evenly distributed through every scoop.
Husband and wife duo Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna founded Ample Hills Creamery back in 2011 when they opened their first location in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Since then, they have watched as the popularity of their creative flavors has grown every year.
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Now, with the factory's increased production capabilities, they hope to see the Ample Hills brand grow beyond the East Coast to be available nation-wide.
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In addition to the factory, the Red Hook location also has an interactive ice cream museum for visitors to explore.
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Guests can fill their heads with more than just brain freeze as they learn about the processes that go into creating everyone's favorite frozen treat. Oversize interactive spoons display information that supplements what can be seen through floor-to-ceiling observation windows, giving visitors a closer look at the inner workings of the factory.
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The back wall of the museum features a colorful 3-D map of Brooklyn that intersperses Ample Hills Creamery's adorable mascots among the borough's most recognizable landmarks from both the past and present.
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Kids will enjoy the interactive elements of the exhibit like its climb-through tunnel and button-activated miniature model of the Red Hook trolley car.
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Young visitors are given a fun photo opportunity with a face cut-out in the Statue of Liberty. Guests can also engage with the "Every Flavor Tells a Story" scrapbook that invites visitors to pin up new flavor ideas and photographs with magnets.
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With ice cream on the mind from the museum, guests can then indulge in a few scoops of their favorite Ample Hills flavors at the factory's shop.
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In addition to the brand's classics like Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Peppermint Pattie, and The Munchies, the factory also features an exclusive Red Hook-inspired flavor aptly called "The Hook." This new flavor combines burnt sugar ice cream, house-made stroopwaffles, and chunks of salted fudge as an homage to the Lenape people, Dutch settlers of Red Hook, and the old Revere Sugar Refinery factory in the area.
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Ample Hills Creamery's Red Hook Factory is open daily, Sunday through Thursday from 12 to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 12 to 11 p.m. For more information, visit the Ample Hills website.
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