“Better” than the ice cream made by Pat Mitchell in Endicott?!?

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div>Many people who grew up in the Endicott area say ice cream has never been the same since Pat Mitchell retired from the business after serving thousands of cones for decades.

But there are ice cream lovers in the area who claim you can actually get something better than the stuff Mitchell created if you take a short drive northwest of Broome County.

Pat Mitchell in his East Main Street store in 1974. (Photo: Broome County Historical Society)

Pat Mitchell in his East Main Street store in 1974. (Photo: Broome County Historical Society)

Raymond “Pat” Mitchell operated his ice cream mecca at the corner of East Main Street and Vestal Avenue in Endicott for three decades before selling the business. Mitchell died in December 2002.

During an intense discussion about the quality of ice cream over the summer, an Endwell resident said that the products made at the Cornell University Dairy Bar in Ithaca were superior to the frozen concoctions made by Pat Mitchell.

A sign at a former Pat Mitchell ice cream shop at 231 Vestal Avenue in Endicott on June 28, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A sign at a former Pat Mitchell ice cream shop at 231 Vestal Avenue in Endicott on June 28, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The claim prompted half a dozen ice cream lovers to go on an investigative road trip to Ithaca.

The detailed results of the non-scientific review are not made public. Those involved in the taste test agreed that the Dairy Bar ice cream was either very good or excellent.

A busy afternoon at Cornell Dairy Bar in Ithaca. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A busy afternoon at Cornell Dairy Bar in Ithaca. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Repeated efforts to discuss the much-loved ice cream with Cornell representatives were unsuccessful. A university media relations specialist finally said “we don’t have anyone from the dairy bar who would be able to interview you.”

A 2021 article in a Cornell alumni publication reported that the ice cream was made with “milk produced by cows residing in Vet College’s teaching barn, just a quarter mile away.”

The Dairy Bar doesn’t offer as many flavors as Pat Mitchell, but the selection is quite comprehensive. When last checked, the place will also not accept cash as payment. If you decide to conduct your own investigation, be prepared.

AND A SUGAR GALLERY… Images of Cornell University Dairy Bar in Ithaca.

A visit to Cornell Dairy Bar

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected] or (607) 545-2250. For the latest story development news and updates, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

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