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Ice Cream Parlor Equipment Guide



I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! And we have since Nero, the Roman emperor, ordered ice to be brought from the mountains to be combined with fruit around 55 A.D. The first ice cream parlor in the U.S. was opened in New York in 1776. Then in 1846, Nancy Johnson developed the first hand-cranked ice cream freezer and soon home-made ice-cream became the norm. Today, the average American eats 6 gallons of ice cream a year, equating to about 19,200 calories. Even health conscious consumers scream for ice cream or at least a variation of it. Frozen yogurt, ice milk, fat free ice cream, low carb and others with reduced calories and fat are popular, but ice cream continues to account for 60% of the market. Make mine a double dip, please.

Take a look at the shopping list below to make sure you have the essential tools of the trade to serve up customers that are screaming for ice cream. For a complete list to cover all other equipment, including sinks, office supplies, dish machines, and cleaning needs, visit the Opening a Restaurant Equipment Guide.

Helpful Tips

  • Select a busy, but not too busy location so customers can easily stop by.
  • Offer other foods to help carry you through the winter months.
  • Extend your menu by offering shakes and floats.
  • If possible, make your ice cream onsite. Advertising freshly made ice-cream is a huge draw because of the taste and quality.
  • Advertise locally. Offer "buy one, get one free" coupons in your local newspaper or loyalty programs that allow for a free cone after a certain number of purchases.
  • Participate in community events or sponsor the local T-Ball team.

Did You Know?

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines ice cream to contain at least 10% milk fat and at least 5% non-fat milk solids.
  • On a television episode of the Iron Chef, a Chef prepared trout ice cream. He lost.
  • Although the claim to the invention of the ice cream cone is a bit, well controversial, it became popular at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis whenvendors folded waffles to serve ice cream when they ran out of plates.
  • The U.S. government rationed sugar during World War I, but ice cream manufacturers convinced the government that it was an"essential food" and factories were allotted rations.
  • "Brain freeze" results from the transfer of the cold temperature on the pallet to certain nerves and constricts blood vessels in the head.
  • If you're an American Idol fan, or not, you'll enjoy any of the five Idol theme flavors including: Soulful Sundae Cone; Hollywood Cheesecake, Chock 'N Roll Caramel, Triple Talent and of course, Take the Cake.

Ice Cream Freezers

Ice Cream Dishes

Ice Cream Dispensers


Ice Cream Merchandisers

Ice Cream Utensils


Disposable Cutlery

More Ice Cream Parlor Supplies

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