BG Shakery: Scoops, Shakes, and More

by | Apr 2024

IMAGINE BUTTERY-SOFT Bliss Artisan ice cream in flavors such as brownie batter chunk, chocolate sea-salted cashew, cake batter, white chocolate mocha, maple brown sugar cinnamon, Mississippi mud, double vanilla, or a refreshing dairy-free option such as pineapple strawberry sorbet. This, my friends, is BG Shakery, where you’ll delight in scoops, shakes, and more.

The shakery also offers luscious floats in flavors like German chocolate cake, pineapple strawberry sorbet, banana toasted walnut, white chocolate macadamia nut, red velvet, and blackberry cobbler. If you prefer your ice cream in a cone or a wedge, those are made fresh daily. With a wide variety of gluten-free milkshake flavors, the “traditional” milkshakes are anything but! The “Build Your Own Fancy Shakes” includes caramel praline pecan, latte, peppermint bark, and roasted pistachio.

Now, all of these sweet treats are no longer confined to one location! BG Shakery has gone 100% mobile, with not one but two mobile carts available for weddings, engagement parties, baby showers, birthday parties, community fundraisers, events, and festivals within a two-hour radius of Bowling Green.

On May 20, BG Shakery will roll out its tantalizing summer flavors, including lavender honey, mango strawberry sorbet, fried corn, zesty lemon, and key lime pie, alongside 60 other customizable flavors. With new concoctions debuting every season, you’re sure to find your new favorites.

The owner, Kari McConnell, is a native of Bowling Green and understands the importance of supporting other entrepreneurs — especially other women. She partnered with Tiana Post over at Awaken Bakery to offer her 100% gluten-free cinnamon rolls, cake pops, donuts, ‘sammies,’ cupcakes, and an assortment of cookies. Ridley’s Roasthouse prides itself on its locally roasted espresso beans, so McConnell pairs them with BG Shakery’s frappes, affogatos, cappuccinos, and more. Because, as McConnell said, “Is there really anything better than coffee and ice cream?” McConnell is a soon-to-be staple at The Nest BGKY now that her fabulous ice cream sundae bar will be added to its party packages.

“We love tailoring our flavors and milkshakes to your special day or event,” enthused McConnell. “We’ve done Taylor Swift-inspired birthday flavors and shakes, which was a lot of fun. However, one of our most recent events, the ‘Wizarding World Experience’ at SOKY Marketplace, was one of my most favorites! We were able to create a ‘Butterbeer Cheer’ milkshake with our butter-toasted pecan and pecan pie ice cream, cream soda, butterscotch, and caramel. It was incredible. We also crafted house shakes for Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Gryffindor, and Hufflepuff. 

“For the 21+ night, we partnered locally to create ‘Boozy Potions,’ in which we partnered with local distillers and brewers to create the ‘Half Blooded Prince,’ ‘Love Potion,’ and the ‘Butterbeer Bourbon Cheer’ from Burton James Distillers. Our ‘Slytherin Stout Float’ was compliments of White Squirrel. This event was incredible. Butterbeer milkshakes were better than I ever could’ve imagined, and we cannot wait until the next one!”

In October 2022, Angie and Woody from Tell City, Indiana, who perfected the Bliss Artisan Creamery Ice Cream brand, walked through the doors of the BG Shakery. With them, they brought 60+ flavors of dairy and non-dairy delights that aren’t available anywhere else for a 90-mile radius of Bowling Green, and McConnell knew she’d found a “sweet” deal.

“My favorite thing we offer is anything that uses Ridley’s Roasthouse. Our affogato is incredible, which is a shot of espresso paired with your choice of one of our flavors. It is amazing with a traditional sweet cream, white chocolate mocha, sea-salted caramel, or maple brown sugar cinnamon. I also love our shakes with an added shot or two of espresso. One of our manager’s favorites here at BG Shakery is the brownie batter chunk with a shot of espresso.”

With so many delectable flavors to choose from, there’s no wrong choice.

McConnell also said, “I love seeing our customers’ faces when they find their favorite ice cream flavor. We also love getting to see regulars who have continued to support us in our store and attend mobile events. We love getting to experience birthdays, weddings, date nights, and — one of my favorites — getting to provide ‘Christmas in July’ for a military family who could not celebrate Christmas together. Families put their phones down and connect through board games and laughter. When we create an amazing experience for our customers, we’re also able to give back and support others in our community.”

Look for BG Shakery at the SOKY Marketplace Farmer’s Market, First Fridays in Scottsville, Charms at the Farm, White Squirrel 420 Festival, the Warren County Easter Egg Hunt, and many more events. GN

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