Austin restaurants and businesses react to Blue Bell Ice Cream recall

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The Monday Blue Bell Ice Cream recall left many Austin restaurants and businesses that use the Brenham company’s ice cream scrambling for alternatives. Hat Creek Burgers, which uses Blue Bell vanilla for its milkshakes, pulled Blue Bell Monday night, and had introduced an alternative product from Hill Country Dairy by Tuesday lunch service at its three Austin-area locations.

“We hope to get things settled and back to Blue Bell soon,” Hat Creek owner Drew Gressett said.

Big Top Candy Shop on South Congress Avenue relies on Blue Bell Ice Cream for its milkshakes, as well, but as of Tuesday had temporarily stopped making milkshakes while they search for an alternative, according to a store manager. The retro shop’s soda bar remains in service.

The listeria recall also led to a quick change of course for popular local delivery service Tiff’s Treats. The company delivers boxes of cookies and brownies throughout the Austin area, adding Blue Bell Ice Cream to certain orders. On Tuesday, co-owner Tiffany Chen said the company had removed Blue Bell’s product and replaced it with ice cream from Wholesome Farms.

“As a Texas brand, we have loved supporting another Texas brand in Bluebell Ice Cream,” Chen said. “We are so sorry for their troubles right now and look forward to working with them again, ongoing, in the future, as soon as things are cleared up on their end.  However, during this recall we must keep our customers in ice cream and cookies, when the occasion calls for it.”


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