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9 fun facts about ice cream

Posted by Slices Concession on

Ice Cream Facts: 1. NYC   The first ice cream parlor opened in the United States in 1776 in New York City. 2. World War Two  Towards the end of World War Two, the US Navy repurposed a refrigerated concrete barge to make ice cream for troops. The barge could hold 2000 gallons of ice cream and made 10 gallons every 7 minutes. After the war ended, the popularity of ice cream soared partially due to the troops' love of ice cream.  3. National Ice Cream Month In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month and...

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Scoop School: Thoroughly hydrating your mix

Posted by Destini Miller on

 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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Spotlight: KC Wine Co.

Posted by Priya Brantley on

Slices Concession sat down with Kirk Berggren from KC Wine Co. Vineyard and Winery. They are a popular vineyard located in Olathe, KS. They are an avid buyer of machines from Slices Concession. What got Kirk into the wine industry is actually a funny story. The lease on their pumpkin patch had expired, and the piece of new land that they found ironically had a vineyard on it.  Instead of getting rid of the grapes, they decided to keep them and start their own vineyard! This all happened in 2014, they opened a year later in 2015. They feature a...

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

Posted by Destini Miller on

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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Scoop School: Ice Cream EASTER EGGS

Posted by Destini Miller on

 In this segment, Mr. C delivers the SCOOP on how to make Easter egg ice cream! He starts by running a full bag of mix through his Taylor batch freezers and extracts the product into a container. He then evenly fills a rubber Easter egg tray with ice cream. (Note: Scoop School suggests making sure the batter is evenly distributed and molded into the tray to ensure you see the design). Once you'll filled the tray set the entire batch into your blast freezer for about ten minutes for the eggs to harden and mold. Once they're finished you can...

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