Two menu blackboards on a tile wall at Southern Craft Creamery

Co-op Fun West of Tallahassee: Marianna’s Southern Craft Creamery

“If I had my life to live over, I would try to make more mistakes. I would relax. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I know of very few things that I would take seriously. I would be less hygienic. I would go more places. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less spinach. I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary troubles.”

                 – Don Herold 

Why Southern Craft Creamery for a co-op stop?

Marianna’s Southern Craft Creamery is only 8 minutes from Bear Paw  Adventures,  making it a good place to cool off and reflect on our watery excursions. But, tourists that we were, good wasn’t enough. We wanted something extraordinary – or at the very least unusual – to finish out our day. We got both. Half of the fun was just trying to imagine what the flavors would taste like: Raspbery Basil, Lavender, Strawberry Balsamic, Ginger, Rosemary, and, my favorite, Bay Laurel. All who gambled on those flavors were well pleased. But even old standards like Peach and Roasted Banana proved sublime. 

A smiling woman and girl hold in bathing suits hold up their ice cream comes

Where do these fun, crazy flavors come from?

Not only is all of the ice cream made on site, but the recipes are also developed by the staff. I must say that their culinary creativity is truly beyond imagining. Given the unpredictable mixes, I would expect that there was a well-versed chef with a few lifetimes of experience dreaming up these outlandish flavors. Nonesuch. In any case, it makes one wonder what  stew seasonings would taste like on ice. 

woman hands an ice cream sample over counter to customer

Can our co-op watch the ice cream being made?

adults and children line a hallway eating ice cream

Yes! When ice cream is being made, students can sit in the hallway above to watch through the window. Be sure to call ahead to find what days they offer this bonus.

What else does Southern Craft Creamery carry?

a freezer case with a clear glass door is filled with bottles of milk and cheases
  1. Serving sizes are generous. And, like most ice cream stores, small samples will help you choose a flavor.
  2. Street parking is available (only).
  3. A bathroom is available.
  4. Closed Mondays. Be sure to check the sehedule.
  5. The uber-clean, uber-reasonable Marianna Cinemas is down the street, making this a perfect post-movie stop as well. (As well as the Marianna Caverns.

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