Our Story of Bonnie Doon Ice Cream
My "daddy" has been making the best ice cream since 1938. In fact, over 50 years later, my ice cream was voted the #1 ice cream in the Best of Michiana contest. Not only is the ice cream named after me, but also my 50's style diner/carhop restaurants that were located in South Bend and Mishawaka. My "daddy" is really the Muldoon brothers - they were true ice cream experts and founders of Bonnie Doon. My name was the winning entry in a contest to name the ice cream and restaurant. The grand prize was $50, which was a lot of money back then! We had the area's first drive-in and carhop service. With my roller skates on, I would deliver Bonnie Burgers, Crinkle-cut Fries, and Choco-Mint Sodas to the cruisers. There's a real mystique about Bonnie Doon - probably because I'm still the same after 50-odd years. The prices may have changed - at one time sundaes cost $.10 and quarts of "brick" ice cream sold for $.30 - but the quality and fun atmosphere haven't! You might have heard about our "red star receipt." If you found a red star on your receipt, we gave you a free pint of ice cream! Many local customers still talk about our "red star" and some have kept as a souvenir or keepsake - in 1991 we had a receipt turned in from 1954! In 1990, John Cohoat and Sam Dugan took over responsibility for keeping Bonnie Doon ice cream available to families throughout the area. In fact, you can now buy my ice cream at many grocery stores. Located in Elkhart, Indiana we continue to work with local farmers using the same quality premium ingredients manufacturing the same great premium ice cream since 1938.
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