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Ernesteen McConnell Turns 100 Years Young!

Ernesteen McConnell Turns 100 Years Young!

Help us wish Ernesteen McConnell, co-founder of McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, a happy 100th birthday on February 28th! Has McConnell's meant something special to you and your family? We'd love to share your photos and stories (or maybe just a little note) with Ernie, to help celebrate her 100th birthday.

If you have a story or a kind word you'd like to share with her, please email us at info@mcconnells.com, and we'll make sure she sees it.

In 1949, a young couple moved to Santa Barbara, California, in search of their American Dream. Mac and Ernie decided they would start an ice cream company and that their company would be different. They’d look to Central Coast farms & purveyors for their bounty of year-round and seasonal ingredients, including local grass-grazed milk & cream, fruit, nuts and produce. They’d make their own jams and caramels and bake their own inclusions. And the fillers, stabilizers and preservatives that everybody else was using? Never.They’d forego the easy route and make their ice creams from scratch. No compromises. Their company would produce “the finest ice creams in the world.” Mac and Ernie spent months developing their own recipes, along with a revolutionary, mechanized version of the European French Pot ice cream-making process. In December, 1950 they opened their first shop. McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams was an immediate success. In time, it became a Santa Barbara institution.


Jul 03, 2020 • Posted by joseph church

Hi there,

I’m trying to remember if you had a store in Woodland Hills, CA at the El Camino Shopping center. If it was there, that was the reason I moved into the neighbored in 1978 :)

Jun 30, 2020 • Posted by Stephanie

Susan – I, too, was wondering about the El Camino Shopping Center location. I remember buying penny candy at a shop a couple doors down from the Valley Circle Cinema. Was it McConnell’s?

Jun 28, 2020 • Posted by Virginia (Ginny) Campbell Preston

A belated Happy Birthday! I just watched a program on California Cooking that featured the story of McConnell’s Oce Cream which made me think of you. My senior year at San Marcos High School I had to decide between trigonometry and cooking – I choose your cooking class! Cooking is still one of my favorite pastimes (along with tap dancing which I took up in my retirement). I still have very fond memories of your class and have never regrets skipping trigonometry 😉.

Jul 09, 2019 • Posted by Elmer L Jones Jr

Hi, I am Elmer L Jones Jr, during my Senior year in high school (Jan-Jun) I worked in the store with Gordan, while Ernesteen was still teaching over at La Cumbre Jr high. I remember quite well helping make the Ice Cream (5 gallons at a time – mixing 34% and 38% cream to make the 36% which was to to make the Ice Cream), best part was when the Ice Cream was being poured into the containers, had to test-like a thick shake. I remember personally packing Ice cream for people to take to LA for parties that evening. The time I spent there was delight, I will always treasure that time.

May 30, 2019 • Posted by susan

Hi! Can you tell me if Mrs McConnell ran the ice cream store in the El Camino Shopping Center- Woodland Hills in the 70’s?
I spent a lot of my babysitting money on the Turkish Coffee Ice Cream

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