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A Great Holiday Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe: Chocolate Zinfandel

Chocolate Ice Cream RecipeWhen it comes to the winter holidays, there is nothing better than anything chocolate. When it comes to ice cream, imagine running your fingers around the sides of an ice cream freezing bowl and tasting this delicious chocolate zinfandel ice cream- just fabulous! (Read More)

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New & Hot: Wholesale Ice Cream and Gelato

This is an ongoing series that explores what’s new and hot in the gelato and ice cream wholesale business, including new products and ice cream ingredients.

CATTABRIGA, BOLOGNA, ITALY
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The most innovative batch freezer company in Italy has come to America with their EFFE 5 Vertical batch freezer. Take a look at this video to see how the best gelato is made.


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Nelson just introduced their new curved glass gelato/ice cream display cabinet. This new cabinet is a very inexpensive way to present your frozen dessert products.

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Sorbets for the Holidays: Two Great Recipes

FOR COCKTAILS OR DESSERT
With the holidays just around the corner, we thought what better time to bring out two of our favorite margarita-themed sorbet recipes. Both of these recipes are for a 10 quart batch, but you can scale up or down as needed. Enjoy!

Margarita Sorbet Recipe:

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The Perfect Holiday Dessert: Eggnog Ice Cream Recipe

The holiday season is nearly upon us, so that means only one thing… fantastic holiday ice cream flavors! This eggnog ice cream recipe is perfect for the Christmas and New Year holiday season. It is excellent for use in restaurants or at home for a party with friends and family. (Read More)

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Starting an Ice Cream Business: SBA Loans

Starting an Ice Cream Business is a series of articles that answers popular questions asked by our clients and students in regards to starting an ice cream business.

Question: In today’s rough economy, is it difficult to get an SBA loan?

In short, no. Under the current federal stimulus package, SBA has changed some important criterion that in the past made it harder to get an SBA loan.
•    SBA now guarantees 90% of all loans versus 80% two years ago
•    Collateral requirements are now more flexible
•    Banks are now paid a fee to process a loan versus them paying a fee two years ago

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Getting Ready for Winter: Creating a Cafe Atmosphere

coffee drinks for winterThe winter is the perfect time for developing a serious hot drink program wrapped around Cappucino, Affogato’s, and mocha drinks.

Why? Because it is very important to create an atmosphere where the business is not so dependent on a frozen dessert to carry the business year round.

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The 2011 Ice Cream University Passion Award!

Best Ice Cream Shops - Sloan's Ice CreamThe best ice cream shops in America, period!

Ice Cream University is very proud to accept nominations for its Eighth Annual ICE CREAM STORE OF THE YEAR AWARD— THE PASSION AWARD— to be presented in January, 2011 to the very best ice cream shop in the United States. 

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Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in America

The top ten ice cream/gelato shops selected by Ice Cream University were chosen for many reasons other than the fact that they all make a great product. Each in its own way is unique because each is an innovator, not a copier of someone else’s ideas. This to me is the ultimate test of greatness. Visit them and see for yourself!

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7 Survival Tips for the Ice Cream Retailer

Are you an ice cream retailer or thinking about opening an ice cream store? Then these seven survival tips for the ice cream retailer are for you!

DEALING WITH REALITY
Perseverance is what it took to survive this ice cream selling season. How much more heat can we take? But now it’s August, we have survived, and we will be better for it next year. From heat, comes success. I know, you are saying “big deal,” I don’t need advice, I need business and cash. But while this may seem like the heat is too much for the ice cream retail business, a continued heat every day is sometimes the best of times. It’s times like this that makes you more focused. You are conscious about how much money you have on hand, and how you are going to spend it. You’ll be slower to expand, and become more cautious about hiring. Simply put, your expectations will be more reasonable. And here are some tips that will help you get through the winter and be ready for the Spring 2011 season.

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