ROCKTON — It’s been wrapped in chocolate, slumped over martini glasses and slathered all over Facebook fan posts. It’s bacon, and this year it will insert itself into yet another succulent dessert right here in the Stateline Area.
It will arrive Friday in ice cream at Rockton’s Dairyhäus, 113 E. Main St., in honor of the shop’s 30th anniversary season. Teaming with Main Street Meat, a Roscoe butcher shop, the Dairyhäus will offer a limited edition of what it has named “Main Street Maple Bacon” homemade ice cream. Dairyhaus will open its doors at 3 p.m. Friday and is expecting big crowds for the salty treat’s debut.
The bacon featured in the treat is hickory smoked bacon from Main Street Meat. Dairyhäus has enjoyed a tight relationship with the business, selling three flavors — vanilla, wedding cake and salted caramel cashew — at Main Street Meat.
“When we began offering quarts at their location we knew we had to incorporate some of their cured bacon into an ice cream,” said co-owner Brent Murray.
“We’ve been practicing and refining the ingredients and recipe” said co-owner Annie Murray. “Bacon is great in everything, why not in a breakfast-themed ice cream? Customers have mentioned and even Facebooked us about making bacon ice cream. People sure are passionate about their bacon, and Main Street’s is definitely the best. You’ll just have to try it.”
On Monday, Murray was frying up 20 pans of Main Street Meat’s bacon at the butcher shop. It would later be cut up in fine pieces for inclusion in the homemade ice cream.
Murray said Dairyhäus’s “Main Street Maple Bacon” homemade ice cream will be available for a limited time during opening week. She said each season the shop offers a specialty flavor and in the past has sold red velvet cake and tiramisu ice cream.
The Rockton ice cream shop will continue offering its wedding cake and salty caramel cashew, while creating new flavors all season long. Vegan/dairy-free homemade Italian Ice and fat-free, no sugar added frozen yogurt also will be offered in various flavors.
The business continues to grow after 30 years. The Murrays said wedding and event catering with a Dairyhäus Sundae Bar and homemade ice cream has become popular in the past two years. The team heads out to events and creates an ice cream shop experience. Because of the new offerings they may add four to five new staff members in addition to their 22-person team.
The shop also will be offering homemade ice cream and Italian Ice for the first time at Rockton’s music festival “Old Settler’s Day’s” June 6-9.
“Our schedule of events within the shop will be back as well,” said Annie Murray. “We’re bringing back some of our family-friendly theme nights like ‘Halloween in July,’ ‘Nasty Night,’ and ‘Movie Night.’ We’ll also hoping to host our first ever ice cream eating competition between the Rockton Police Department and the Rockton Fire Department. There are a bunch of ideas we are kicking around to make our thirtieth season a real special one.”
Dairyhäus Homemade Ice Cream Shoppe was founded in 1983 and has been creating and serving homemade ice cream within its Rockton shop ever since. Dairyhäus can be reached at www.facebook.com/dairyhausrockton.
Some ice cream shops are already serving up treats.
M & M Dari Ripple, 470 Blackhawk Blvd., South Beloit, opened at 11 a.m. Saturday. Owner Michael Peterson said he normally opens the last weekend in March, so the business was right on schedule.
While the Beloit Dairy Queen at 1434 Cranston Road is open all year round with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas, the one at 1023 Pleasant Street opened Wednesday.