Mon. Jun 5th, 2023

An ice cream business with roots in downtown Harrisburg is expanding.

Earlier this week, Urban Churn opened its third shop at 258 Westminster Drive at the Carlisle Crossings in Carlisle.

Owner Adam Brackbill founded Urban Churn about nine years ago in a small room at Midtown Cinema making ice cream in six-gallon batches.

The ice cream is made with all-natural ingredients and no artificial flavorings or colorings. Some ingredients are sourced locally for the ice cream, which contains 14 percent butterfat.

““It’s been a wild ride,” Brackbill recently shared on a Facebook post.

“From starting off churning behind a cinema in Midtown Harrisburg, surviving through COVID-19 to opening our 2nd and 3rd locations, I’ve learned a lot and am so thankful. We’ve learned a lot through failures and successes, and we’ve grown through partnerships and friends. Urban Churn would not exist if it wasn’t for our community and supporters,” he said.

Urban Churn also operates stores at the Silver Creek Plaza in Silver Spring Township and in Midtown Harrisburg.

Brackbill is known for his creative approach to ice cream, concocting flavors like scrapple, sauerkraut and honey roasted cricket, to name a few. But customers also can find standards like vanilla, chocolate and mint chocolate chip.

The shops also sell desserts such as bar sundaes, bourbon banana splits, baklava ice cream sandwiches and tiramisu sundaes.

Urban Churn partners with other restaurants to carry its ice cream and sells pints at Giant stores including at 2300 Linglestown Road in Susquehanna Township and 6560 Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township.

The ice cream is produced in a Harrisburg commissary that features an updated churning facility with renovated kitchen, loading docks and additional freezer space.

Hours at the Carlisle Urban Churn location are 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays.

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