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It's our 70th Anniversary!

It's our 70th Anniversary!

In 1949, America’s “industrial food complex” was in full swing. Quicker, simpler, easier and cheaper was (and still is) the order of the day.

Dairies and creameries had turned to artificial flavors, colorings and sweeteners to make their ice creams (most still do) and ice creams were now largely batch frozen (most still are) loaded with air, fillers and stabilizers.

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 McConnell 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.

We’re celebrating our 70 year anniversary as one of the finest ice cream companies in the world this year, and it's our honor to serve you in the McConnell’s tradition today!



May 24, 2019 • Posted by Toni Tippit

I lived in Santa Barbara from 1975 to 1979 and to this day have never had as good of ice cream as McConnells. I am happy to see that I can order your ice cream on line and have it shipped to my home in Louisiana! Thank you for the best quality ice cream in the world. (I work for an airline and have never had as good of ice cream anywhere else).

May 23, 2019 • Posted by Hugh Lipton

I’ve been eating McConnell’s Ice Cream since I was a child. I was 5 years old I believe the store was located on what is now known as the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. That was 1948. My favorite flavor, then and now, was chocolate, and oh how I remember the cookies served in a little envelope. I’m so pleased to find that you have survived the test of time expanding upon your success and flavors. I look forward to being able to enjoy your product now and into the future. Thank you for having been.

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