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Scoop School: Plating your menu like a Pro

Posted by Destini Miller on

 Down seasons are the best times to revamp your shop's menu. This could mean adding more vibrant pictures to your menu board, more signage in the dining room, or another batch freezer in the kitchen.  If you're currently experiencing down time, Scoop School suggests some way to make changes to your shop that can enhance the experience for your customers. Plating is a major component in the ice cream universe. Its essentially how your product is being presented to the world. Many ice cream shops take the traditional route and use commercial plastic cups to display and serve their products. There...

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Scoop School: Using Shake Collars

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 In this episode of Scoop School, Mr. C addresses the pros and cons of having shake collars. Let's dive right in. What are shake collars? They come in a variety of textures but Scoop School spotlights stainless steel shake collars for this video. You simply fill your standard 16 oz cup with custard, soft ice cream, frozen yogurt, etc. and sprinkle in your desired toppings. The steel collar fits into the top of the cup and acts as a splash guard during mixing. What are the pros? This tool allows you to mix product directly into the cup without splashing...

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Scoop School: Thoroughly hydrating your mix

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 In this segment of scoop school, we learn how to properly hydrate ice cream powder, frozen yogurt powder, custard powder, and more before running it through our batch freezers. Why is this important? When mixing product, powder, and toppings into a base you have to let the product hydrate with the liquid. This hydration process brings the flavor to the surface. Without this step, the powder will not have time to properly hydrate and will not dissolve. Your product will have a much duller taste without this step as well. You will see this when you go to pour mix...

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Scoop School: How to Roll the PERFECT Waffle Cone

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 Mr. C of Scoop School gives us the 411 on how to freshly prepare and roll the perfect waffle cone. They're simple, quick, and easy to make; plus they make your entire shop smell like a bakery! To start this fun process, you'll need a good batch of mix. In a large mixing bowl, pour in cold water first, and then gradually add your waffle mix until you get a consistent thick batter. It should resemble that of thick pancake mix.  Once your equipment is at the appropriate temperature (approx. 370℉), spoon a quarter cup onto the center of the...

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Scoop School: What's the deal with Ice Crystals?

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In this segment of Scoop School, we get a look at how easy it is for ice crystals to expand inside your product and how we can prevent them from growing any larger. Ice crystals are inevitable. There's no ice cream, custard, or frozen yogurt completely immune to ice crystal formation. This is because they are so small they are almost impossible to detect. So how do we know there are ice crystals in our ice cream?  Ice crystals tend to clump together and create an odd texture inside your product. This will be most apparent when eating your dessert...

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