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Who makes the best milk, ice cream, cheese in NY? Judges find…

Geddes, N.Y. — Who serves up the best milk in New York state? How about the tastiest cheese or the creamiest ice cream?

Thanks to a statewide contest, dairy fanatics don’t have to guess which products are the cream at the top.

New York’s 2023 Dairy Products Competition has crowned the makers of the best dairy products in the state. The top-scoring milks, cheeses, yogurts and more were picked last week by expert judges, some hailing from Cornell University.

Stewart’s Shops, the fan-favorite Upstate New York convenience store chain, snagged big wins — earning recognition as the producer of the best milk in the state, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office announced in a news release. Stewart’s also won gold for its chocolate ice cream and flavored ice cream.

It marked the second year in a row Stewart’s milk was named the best in New York during the Dairy Products Competition.

“Oops, we did it AGAIN”, Stewart’s wrote in an ecstatic Instagram post.

Upstate Farms Buffalo’s milk earned silver, the governor’s office said.

Here’s a sample of the other Big Cheeses in the Dairy Products Competition:

  • Four Fat Fowl Creamery, an artisan creamery from Stephentown in the Hudson Valley, was named Grand Champion for its widely lauded St. Stephen cheese.
  • Dygert Farms, from Palatine Bridge in the Capital Region, won gold for its chocolate milk.
  • HP Hood’s plants in Arkport, Vernon and LaFargeville took home the most medals overall — earning 14 awards for products ranging from cottage cheese to sour cream.
  • Great Lakes Cheese, of Adams in the North Country, won gold for three of its Upstate-made cheeses: cheddar, aged cheddar and “super” aged cheddar.

A full list of the Dairy Products Competition winners, including the best yogurts and dips in the state, can be viewed the state State Agriculture and Markets’ website.

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