Five generations of frozen treats: Hoffman’s Home Made Ice Cream marks 75 years in Westminster

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As the dog days of summer bear down on Carroll County, a familiar afternoon bustle can be seen along Washington Road in Westminster, as families share ice cream and shakes outside of Hoffman’s Home Made Ice Cream & Deli. For three-quarters of a century, Hoffman’s has been making and serving ice cream to generations of customers.

Emma Tardif, 5, of Westminster samples her ice cream cone during a visit to Hoffman's Home Made Ice Cream in Westminster as a treat on her last day of preschool with her father Brian and brother Hudson Friday June 10, 2022.

Jen Middleton, a co-owner of the store, whose great-grandfather Jesse Hoffman founded the ice cream shop in 1947, has been working at Hoffman’s since she was 15 years old. Today, as she watches her own son Logan, 16, work the machines and make the store’s famous ice cream, she appreciates the value her family placed on hard work.


“It makes you feel really good that you are carrying on your grandfather’s mission,” she said.

Tatiana Costley works behind the counter at Hoffman's Home Made Ice Cream in Westminster Friday June 17, 2022. Hoffman's will be celebrating its 75th anniversary Monday, June 20.

Middleton’s grandfather, Bob Hoffman, who drove the Hoffman’s ice cream truck after his parents opened the shop in 1947, still comes in every morning for coffee and stops by in the evenings to chat with his daughter, Linda Crabbs, Jen’s mother, who also runs the shop.


Middleton appreciates that her grandfather is around to answer questions, as she grows and maintains the small business. He’s always happy to run out to pick something up or help out there, even though he’s long since retired.

“Anytime we don’t see him around, everybody will ask ‘where’s Bob?’” Middleton said.

Hoffman’s will mark its 75th anniversary Monday with souvenir mugs and an ice cream special. Middleton said she hopes the shop can celebrate the 75th anniversary all month long.

Logan Middleton, 16, makes banana ice cream on a machine at Hoffman's Home Made Ice Cream in Westminster June 17, 2022. Middleton, whose great-great grandfather founded Hoffman's, is the fifth generation of the family working at Hoffman's, which celebrates its 75th anniversary Monday.