<![CDATA[KaleidoScoops - Blog]]>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 13:55:49 -0800EditMySite<![CDATA[The Popularity Of Cooperatives In The United States]]>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:47:58 GMThttp://www.kalscoops.com/blog/the-popularity-of-cooperatives-in-the-united-statesCooperatives, or co-ops, have played a critical role in the success of various industries in the United States for many years. It is important for current and potential business owners to understand the success of cooperatives in the United States. Cooperatives offer jobs in a wide range of industries including agriculture, banking, childcare, and utilities.

Success of cooperatives in the United States

There are several key reasons behind the success of the cooperative business model. Many cooperatives provide goods and services to less profitable areas that traditional businesses often don't reach. Cooperative businesses invest in numerous local communities and attract local membership, allowing profits to remain within a given community. Purchasing co-ops gives small, local organizations a leg up to complete with their larger national and international competitors. Cooperative membership even cultivates and strengthens social networks.

There are nearly 30,000 cooperatives in the United States, excluding housing co-ops. There are 350 million co-op memberships in the United States. The cooperatives in America generate more than 850,000 jobs and $650 billion in annual revenue.

Agriculture cooperatives in the United States

The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) has been representing farmer cp-ops in the United States since 1929. Most of the two million farmers and ranchers in America belong to one or more farmer cooperatives. The NCFC co-op alone has nearly 3,000 local farmer cooperative members, as well as 26 state and regional co-op councils. Farmer cooperatives provide more than 250,000 jobs with a combined annual salary of over $8 billion. Farmer co-ops handle, process, and market agricultural commodities. These cooperatives also furnish farm supplies and offer credit and related financial services.

Credit union cooperatives in the United States

The United States is home to 7,100 credit unions. In addition to being a co-op, a credit union is also a non-profit and tax exempt. To get credit union membership, you must be part of a particular group, like a resident of a rural district or an enrolled student at a specific university. United States credit unions may be chartered by a state government or the federal government. There are 94.3 million credit union members in the United States. These members make up 43.7 percent of the economically active population. American credit unions generate $1.02 trillion annually.

Childcare cooperatives in the United States

Cooperative preschools and daycare programs have been an integral part of the education system in the United States for the last hundred years. In 1916, a group of University of Chicago faculty wives founded the first co-op preschool. The program gave the mothers the flexibility to work at Red Cross while their children had opportunities to socialize. The first national preschool co-op organization was formed in 1960. Today, this co-op organization represents over 50,000 families and teachers.

Utility cooperatives in the United States

Utility co-ops provide public utilities to their members including water, electricity, and telecommunication. These cooperatives primarily exist in rural areas to cover regions that larger companies do not reach. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) represents more than 900 American electric co-ops. Currently, electric cooperatives serve over 10 percent of the United State’s population and own 42 percent of the distribution lines.
If you are interested in starting your own ice cream business, Get The Scoop on becoming a KaleidoScoops co-op owner. Call us at (877) 426-8488 or Contact Us by email to learn more about cooperatives and our premium ice cream products. ]]>
<![CDATA[How To Lay Out An Ice Cream Store]]>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:43:52 GMThttp://www.kalscoops.com/blog/how-to-lay-out-an-ice-cream-store
Getting an ice cream business up and running can be an exciting time for an entrepreneur, especially when laying out the store. The layout of your ice cream store can help your business operate efficiently and help your customers have a positive experience. When you begin to lay out your ice cream store, look for examples to inspire your design. Make a list of things you will need before you begin laying out your ice cream store. There are other helpful tips that you can use to lay out an ice cream store, including brand design and choosing simple decorations.

Look for examples to inspire your ice cream store layout

If you are not experienced in running an ice cream store, looking for examples of other ice cream shops can be helpful for your layout. Visit other ice cream stores and make mental notes about each store’s layout. Your space should be different from other businesses, but remember to note what you like and don’t like about other stores. Also, pay attention to how traffic flows through any other ice cream stores. Conducting this sort of research will serve as a starting point for your own ice cream store layout and a source of inspiration. If you are able, see at least one business’ counter preparation area. Viewing all areas of a business can help you gain an idea about how to lay out an ice cream store.

Make a list of items you will need in your ice cream store

Make a list of everything that has to be arranged inside your ice cream store. You can divide the list by area and to know the dimensions of equipment, seating, tables and other items within the store.

If any of these items have restrictions on where they can be placed, keep those in mind. Some examples of restrictions include the size or clearance of an item for ventilation. Once you have a list of what you will be putting in your store, measure the interior area. Then, make a scale drawing of the floor plan and use it with the list to create your ice cream store layout.

Laying out your ice cream store

Using your list, start laying out your ice cream store with the placement of freezers and other equipment. Placing these items should be your first step, since they will be the most important part of the ice cream store. After laying out the appliances, you can move on to workspaces or storage areas behind the counter. Remember to leave enough space in your layout for employees to move around while they are working.

The counter, ordering area, point of sale stations, and retail displays where customers select their own products need to be accessible, but away from the door. Consider the customer traffic pattern within your ice cream store. There needs to be plenty of room to open and close the door for customers to enter and exit comfortably.

Customer seating should be placed away from the counter and registers, because those areas tend to be crowded and noisier than others. Going to an ice cream store is generally a happy experience. You will want to provide the type of atmosphere where your customers can enjoy their purchases and their conversations without interruption.

Other helpful tips to use to lay out an ice cream store

It can be helpful to keep in mind other needs, like hanging menus, artwork, lighting, and color schemes. These items may not seem like they have much to do with your store’s layout, but businesses often use them to create brand image. If your brand image depends on customers seeing the paint colors or artwork on the walls, you won’t want these to be covered.

Your business needs to look pleasant, accessible, and inviting, so it is good to keep your layout clean and minimal. An overcrowded store looks cluttered and unorganized, which makes you look unprofessional. Even when your store is extremely clean, a cluttered area can leave the impression that it isn’t. Having a spotless ice cream store will be essential since you are serving food. If organizing isn’t your best skill, consider hiring a professional designer. It can help to know that someone with experience is helping you lay out your ice cream store.

If you are considering owning your own business, an ice cream shop can be a fun choice. If you would like more information about premium ice cream products or owning an ice cream shop, call KaleidoScoops today at (877) 426-8488. You can also Contact Us by email for more information. Get The Scoop on becoming part of the KaleidoScoops cooperative today!

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<![CDATA[Types Of Cooperatives]]>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:32:25 GMThttp://www.kalscoops.com/blog/types-of-cooperatives
Cooperatives, or co-ops, exist across a wide range of industries including food service, utilities, credit unions, agriculture, and child care. While co-ops operate much like traditional businesses to achieve success, they get their distinct advantage in their structure and democratic governance model. Familiarizing yourself with the most common types of co-ops can help you determine if this type of business is right for you. Common types of cooperatives include consumer based, worker or producer based, purchasing based, and hybrid.

Consumer based cooperatives

A consumer cooperative is owned and managed by the people who use its services. The goal of this type of cooperative is to meet the needs and desires of its members. Consumer cooperatives are focused on the services that they provide as opposed to financial gain. Consumer co-op stores guarantee high quality products at a lower price than their competitors. Many consumer co-ops are retail outlets, such as food cooperatives. Other popular types of consumer co-ops include insurance, healthcare, utility, housing, and personal finance cooperatives.
A disadvantage of consumer cooperatives is that they cater to small and medium-income groups. There is also a high level of dependency on the members and there can be a lack of drive for proper sales promotion.

Worker or producer based cooperatives

A worker or producer cooperative is owned and managed by the people who work there. There are many ways that a worker co-op can be structured. Some worker cooperatives operate in a democratic fashion in which every worker participates in the decision making process. Some of these businesses have an election for managers and administration. Other worker or producer cooperatives have managers that are treated in the same way as the workers. The majority of the workforce owns shares, and the majority of the shares are owned by the workforce. As the workers own the organization, there is often a higher level of motivation in a worker co-op than is found in traditional businesses.
A disadvantage of worker cooperatives is the complex management skills required to meet both co-op and business needs. There are also limited choices available for external finance and employment benefits.

Purchasing based cooperatives

A purchasing cooperative is a type of arrangement made to negotiate lower prices from specific suppliers. One common form of purchasing cooperatives is the retailer co-op. Government agencies often use this model to decrease procurement costs. Purchasing co-ops include grade schools, colleges and universities, municipalities, and counties.
These entities can sign contracts or agreements to use contracts that were acquired by other government entities in a legal manner. This option provides access to a wide range of competitive and legally awarded contracts.

Hybrid cooperatives

There are many hybrid cooperative models, such as a co-op that is both a consumer and worker co-op. In a worker-consumer hybrid model, the power is divided evenly between the workers and consumers. Any type of multi-stakeholder cooperative is considered to be a hybrid model. Additionally, there are second and third tier cooperatives that are considered to be hybrids because they have members that are other co-ops.

One of the biggest advantages of hybrid cooperatives is that they offer more access to capital than standard models. However, the hybrid business model also comes with increased complexity and decreased transparency, which can create areas for conflict. It is important to be aware of these potential risks and plan for them accordingly.

If you've always wanted to own your own business and have been weary about franchises, a KaleidoScoops ice cream cooperative is a great alternative. By joining this cooperative, you have the support of a large company with the freedom to do what you want with your business. Call KaleidoScoops today at 1(877) 426-8488 to Get The Scoop on becoming part of the KaleidoScoops cooperative or for information about our premium ice cream. You can also Contact Us by email to learn more.]]>
<![CDATA[´╗┐Don't Make The Biggest Mistake Made By Startup Entrepreneurs]]>Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:41:36 GMThttp://www.kalscoops.com/blog/dont-make-the-biggest-mistake-made-by-startup-entrepreneurs
Are you interested in starting your own ice cream shop? The process of opening an ice cream shop is exciting, but it also comes with a lot of risks. Avoiding risks means avoiding the mistakes that many entrepreneurs make to increase your odds of succeeding. The biggest mistake that many startup entrepreneurs is not having enough capital. It is important for startup entrepreneurs to know why a cooperative is the best choice when it comes to capital and opening an ice cream shop.

Don’t make the mistake of not having enough capital

The biggest mistake that start-up entrepreneurs make is not starting with enough capital. Capital is the amount of money or other assets that a person or organization contributes toward a specific purpose, including starting an ice cream shop. The requirements for starting a new ice cream shop can range from acquiring inventory to hiring a marketing team. Many entrepreneurs assume that they can start small financially and then spend more money as they make more. However, minimizing too much on capital will compromise the success of your ice cream shop.

If you would like to open a premium ice cream shop, one of the best ways to avoid the mistake of not having enough capital is joining a cooperative. Look for an ice cream shop cooperative that has a membership buy-in, like KaleidoScoops. When you buy a share or a membership, you are paying for a share in the cooperative organization.

Understanding franchises and cooperatives

Most franchises charge franchising, advertising, and royalty fees in the range of $15,000 to $40,000. By comparison, a typical cooperative start-up cost is thirty to sixty percent of these terms for an upfront cash payment. With a franchise, you'll be responsible for an advertising fee of one and three percent of your total earnings. The royalty fee for a franchise is four and seven percent of your total earnings. The cooperative business model does not have any of these fees. You'll have a one time cooperative membership fee and yearly cooperative dues, which amount to a fraction of the franchise fees.

The franchise structure limits the way that you can run your business. You won't have the option to introduce new products or alter the signage or advertising color scheme. You'll also be stuck running national promotions and other specials that may not be of interest to your local target audience.

Many franchise agreements require their ice cream shop owners to buy all of their supplies and ingredients directly from the franchise. Buying from these franchises is required, even when there are cheaper options available. With a cooperative business model, you can maximize the economies of scale that come from the group's buying power to get the best prices available.

By becoming a member of a cooperative, you also get the benefits of having certain industry standards that help you maintain a reputable shop. You can tailor your ice cream shop to the local customer base and add unique touches that reflect your own personality. For example, if you are passionate about a local sports team, you can decorate your ice cream shop with team items during the season. With a cooperative, you'll never have a corporate bureaucracy dictating how your ice cream shop will be managed. This freedom allows you to make choices that align with the needs and preferences of your customers.

KaleidoScoops is proud to have cooperative members that are dedicated to their local neighborhoods. It is important to us that our ice cream shop owners stay connected to local happenings. For example, if a cooperative ice cream shop member wants to support a local school or partner with a local business, we encourage them to do so.

For the past fifteen years, KaleidoScoops has been giving entrepreneurs all around the country the opportunity to open their own ice cream shops. You get the wide range of benefits that come with a franchise, while maintaining the flexibility and control that you desire. You can run your ice cream shop the way that you see fit, with access to valuable knowledge from experienced fellow cooperative members. If you would like more information about KaleidoScoops premium ice cream shops and our products, call us today at (877) 426-8488. Get The Scoop on becoming part of the KaleidoScoops cooperative. You can also Contact Us by email by filling out our contact form.

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<![CDATA[Storing Ice Cream Cake In The Freezer]]>Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:34:46 GMThttp://www.kalscoops.com/blog/storing-ice-cream-cake-in-the-freezerIf you’ve had ice cream cake for a birthday party or other special occasion, then you probably realize why someone would want to save any leftovers. This frozen dessert is perfect for a special occasion or just for a personal treat. Here are some tips for storing your ice cream cake in the freezer and knowing what ingredients and equipment work best for this.

General guidelines for storing ice cream cake in the freezer

As a general guideline, any leftover ice cream cake can be stored in the freezer and consumed within seven days. Put leftovers away as soon as possible and store them in an airtight container, such as a plastic freezer container. Avoid glass containers, since they will cause the this dessert to freeze slower, increasing the potential for freezer burn. Depending on the shape and size of your cake pieces, you could store them in plastic freezer wrap and put them in a zip top bag. Either of these methods will protect your leftover ice cream cake better than leaving it in the box.   

The seven day guideline is appropriate for most home freezers and will help ensure your ice cream cake stays fresh until it has been completely eaten. Eventually, ice crystals can form on the ice cream cake causing freezer burn. While this dessert is usually still safe to eat, it will have a very unpleasant flavor and probably will look unappetizing, too.

Know your ice cream cake ingredients and freezer equipment

It is possible to keep ice cream cake in the freezer for longer than seven days, but its freshness depend on a few things. The longer you keep the dessert in the freezer, the more likely it will be to change in taste or texture. If your ice cream cake does not contain any cream cheese, whipped cream, eggs, or buttercream frosting or filling, it may keep for up to two months. These ingredients tend to separate and require remixing after freezing or change texture when frozen and thawed.

How long your ice cream cake will keep also depends on how good your freezer is. A high quality appliance with a good seal and consistent temperature that is low enough will keep your ice cream cake fresh for longer. Frequent or sizeable temperature changes cause freezer burn. To prevent freezer burn, store your dessert in the back of the freezer where the temperature is colder and more consistent. Placing the treat in the back will keep it away from any warm air that gets in when the freezer door is opened.

With the proper storage methods, your leftover ice cream cake can be safely stored in the freezer for you to enjoy later. If you would like more information about ice cream cakes or any other premium ice cream products, contact KaleidoScoops today! Give us a call at (877) 426-8488 or send us an email by clicking on Contact Us. Interested in owning your own ice cream shop? Get The Scoop about our company and becoming a KaleidoScoops co-op owner. ​]]>
<![CDATA[How To Run An Ice Cream Parlor]]>Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:29:40 GMThttp://www.kalscoops.com/blog/how-to-run-an-ice-cream-parlorRunning your own ice cream parlor can be a fun experience. Just like any other business venture, there are tasks that must be done before you begin running an ice cream parlor. It is important to have a business plan for your parlor and to prepare a budget and raise capital. You must also choose a location, fill staffing needs, and choose products for your business.

Have a business plan for your ice cream parlor

Developing a business plan will help you on your path to success with your ice cream parlor. A plan gives you a clearer vision of your business and what you plan to achieve. A business plan will be necessary to secure funding for your ice cream parlor initially and in the future, when you may need to expand the parlor.   

Prepare a budget and raise capital for your ice cream parlor

There is always some initial financial investment required for any business.  Rent needs to be paid, equipment needs to be bought, and staff needs to be hired. Capital will pay for all of these items and anything else necessary to get your ice cream parlor started. Create a detailed and specific budget and include every scenario possible. Also, add in a buffer for unexpected costs. Don’t forget to include the cost of the products you will be selling in your ice cream parlor.

Choose a location for your ice cream parlor

Every ice cream parlor owner wants a good location, because location can be the difference between success and failure. You should know what kind of customers you hope to attract and if your location will be accessible to them before opening your parlor. Foot traffic, parking, and visibility should all be things you consider about your business location.  

You will also need to consider the condition of the building you are in.  An ice cream parlor is an establishment where food is served, so the building must be sanitary and remain that way. Make sure to be realistic about any repairs or remodeling that would be required and account for the money necessary to complete them in your budget.

Hire staffing for your ice cream parlor

Running your own ice cream parlor has many factors, so you will need to hire staff to assist you. Keep in mind that tasks such as paperwork and cleaning the bathrooms will need to be done, while still providing excellent customer service. Be realistic about how much work you personally can do and how much time is required to complete tasks and hire staff accordingly.

Choosing products for your ice cream products

You should consider what ice cream products you will sell in your parlor. There are plenty of flavors of ice cream, so be sure to offer flavors that will keep your customers coming back. You’ll also want to have everything you need to make sundaes and milkshakes or any other specialty treats, as this offers customers variety.  

Offering premium products helps you maximize your profits. There are also probably a few non-ice cream items you want to sell as well. For example, selling cold bottled water might make a lot of sense if it has a profit margin that is acceptable to you. If your parlor is in an area with a lot of foot traffic, many customers purchasing water could end up buying ice cream too.  

Becoming a successful ice cream parlor owner requires planning and hard work. However, knowing that you have followed the best steps for becoming successful will be worth the effort. If you would like more information about premium ice cream products or owning an ice cream parlor, call KaleidoScoops at (877) 426-8488 or Contact Us by email. Get The Scoop on becoming part of the KaleidoScoops cooperative today!

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<![CDATA[Cooperatives And Other Funding Options For Small Businesses]]>Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:46:32 GMThttp://www.kalscoops.com/blog/cooperatives-and-other-funding-options-for-small-businessesGetting the money to start a small business is a struggle for many beginning entrepreneurs. These professionals want to own a small business, but they do not have the capital to get things started. It is important for entrepreneurs to understand the options for funding small businesses and what a cooperative is. It is also good to understand some examples of how cooperative businesses, or co-ops, work and how to become part of one.

What are the options for funding a small business?

The most obvious choice for funding a small business is a loan. However, business loans require having the collateral to cover the loan which is typically not an option for a small business start-up.

Another funding option is a business grant. Some federal programs and state agencies offer grants to help small businesses get started. There are strict requirements for getting a grant and there are usually strings attached on how business owners can use the money.

Investors are a third option for funding a small business. An investor wants to see that you have a solid plan and the experience to make your business successful. In many cases, an investor will want to have a say in how your business is managed, but will not take part in day to day management functions.

Partners are a fourth funding option for a small business. By taking on a partner, you agree to give a large portion of your business ownership to that partner. Partners differ from investors in the fact that they take an active role in running the small business and making day to day decisions.

What is a cooperative?

The concept of a cooperative has its roots in human history. When humans started gathering into communities, they started managing and sharing common resources for the good of the larger community. Today's co-operative business model is based off these methods. A cooperative, in business terms, is a legal entity owned and controlled by its members. Each member of the cooperative has a say in how the cooperative runs. A co-op often shares the entity's earnings among its members, based on their participation in the enterprise.

Examples of how cooperatives work

KaleidoScoops is a national ice cream cooperative, where each store owner is a member of the co-op. All of the store owners elect a board of directors to determine how the cooperative parts of the business are managed. The organization as a whole creates standards and manages the corporate identity.

A store owner within the KaleidoScoops cooperative has a great deal of freedom, especially compared to being part of a franchise. Co-op store owners have a national brand of premium ice cream to sell in a stand-alone store or as an addition to their existing small business. There are no franchise fees or royalties involved. Only a minimal annual membership fee is required from the owner to be part of the cooperative.

Each owner manages their own small business, without constant corporate intervention, but there are some regulations that must be followed. To be a part of the cooperative, owners must use the KaleidoScoops ice cream products and appropriate signage. Co-op owners cannot have dirty stores or tamper with the cooperative brand. However, there is no one constantly telling the cooperative owner to run certain specials or make their employees sell a certain amount of product. Each owner has input at the cooperative level about changing standards or adding new products.

A cooperative offers all the power of a national franchise without the high fees and corporate control that a franchisee has to handle. Members of the KaleidoScoops cooperative get the discounts and shared marketing of a larger business with the perks of owning a small business.

How start a cooperative business

If you want to open your own small business, but don't want to deal with the inconveniences of other small business funding options, consider KaleidoScoops. With an established national brand and some of the best hand-dipped ice cream in the world, you can have the small business you want. By joining a co-op, you can accomplish your dreams without the need to take on investors or partners, or join a franchise.

If you would like more information about co-ops, Get The Scoop on becoming part of the KaleidoScoops cooperative. If you would like more information about KaleidoScoops premium ice cream products, call us today at (877) 426-8488. You can also connect via email by clicking on Contact Us.

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<![CDATA[Go Co-op]]>Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:41:56 GMThttp://www.kalscoops.com/blog/go-co-opHave you ever heard of a co-op? A co-op, short for cooperative, is simply a group of people who agree to work together for their mutual benefit. This association is purely voluntary and can be for social, economic, or cultural benefit. It is important for those wishing to open a business to understand the co-op business model and its benefits. If you are interested in joining a co-op, there are many ways to get started.

The co-op business model and its benefits

The concept of the cooperative goes back to ancient man organizing into tribes and clans. These groups could work together to accomplish more food production, shelter building, and protection than a single person or family group could achieve. Banding together made life and survival much easier. Today, the idea of a group of people coming together to achieve more than an individual continues. Modern cooperative enterprises take on many forms, but all serve for the benefit of the organization's members. All over the world, you can find food, energy, credit union, farmer, worker, housing, and retail co-ops, just to name a few.

Quite simply, the modern co-op movement is enhancing the lives of its members. Each member has a vote or a voice in how the association runs, what it does, and the benefits it offers. A larger investor does not get more votes than a smaller investor. This business model allows its members to gain the advantages of deeper discounts, as well as better products and services. The co-op continues to exist even if one member leaves or another one joins. A group of people gain the experience and benefits of a co-op in a way that other businesses cannot provide.

A co-op also helps you enjoy the benefits of social networking. When you become part of a cooperative, you have an opportunity to meet people you would not have had a chance to meet otherwise. Being a part of this type of business expands your network and provides a richer working experience.

Are you interested in joining a co-op?

If you are interested in being part of a co-op, there are many ways that you can accomplish this. The easiest way to become a part of this type of business is to join a local co-op. You can easily join a credit union, or become part of a local food co-op. You can even join a retailer's co-op. Each type of cooperative will bring you many benefits that you never thought you would have access to.

You can purchase products and services from co-ops. Many food co-ops are open to the public. Even if you are not a member of the business, you will see better prices than your local grocery store. You can find plenty of companies working under this model, like KaleidoScoops.

You can join a co-op by investing in one. As long as you meet the minimal terms of membership, you can invest into a co-op business. For example, as long as you can pay the membership fees and cover the costs of set-up, you can own and operate your own KaleidoScoops store.

You can learn more about how co-operative enterprises before joining one. Co-ops are a model for people around the world who want to build a better future. Research how this business model is helping people in poverty stricken areas of the world build a better life, as well as in your own community.

Make an investment into your future by joining KaleidoScoops. We are a cooperative that offers high quality ice cream products to members located throughout the U.S. If you would like more information about KaleidoScoops premium ice cream products, call us today at (877) 426-8488. Get The Scoop on becoming part of the KaleidoScoops cooperative. You can also connect with us through email by clicking on Contact Us.

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<![CDATA[Desserts That Go Good With Chocolate Ice Cream]]>Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:56:55 GMThttp://www.kalscoops.com/blog/desserts-that-go-good-with-chocolate-ice-creamA scoop of chocolate ice cream is a classic dessert that will please many palates all on its own. However, if you have been yearning for something more, try pairing this frozen treat with another dessert for a whole new level of delicious. Other desserts that go good with chocolate ice cream include cakes and brownies, pies, waffles or crepes, and cookies.

Cakes and brownies

Cake and chocolate ice cream is a classic combination and one you probably experienced at many birthday parties as a child. For a more classic dessert, yellow, white or vanilla cake with a buttercream frosting is always a winner when paired with this frozen treat. For chocolate lovers, a molten chocolate lava cake can help you get your fix. The warm cake, along with the gooey “lava” middle compliments the cold, creaminess of the ice cream.

Another similar dessert option is brownies. A warm, chewy brownie with a scoop of chocolate ice cream is great for chocolate lovers. If you are in the mood for more of a flavor contrast, try blondies instead.

Pies

Pie a-la-mode is a delicious way to combine dessert flavors. Bananas are often paired with chocolate, so a banana cream pie with a scoop of this frozen treat could be a possibility. Another popular flavor to pair with chocolate is peanut butter. A scoop of this frozen treat might be just what you need to go with a slice of peanut butter pie. If you are concerned about “chocolate overload”, look for a recipe with a plain crust. Other pie flavors that could work well with chocolate ice cream are fruit flavors. Raspberry, strawberry, and cherry are all popular combinations that go well with chocolate.

Waffles or crepes

There are many recipes out there for dessert waffles or dessert crepes. These waffles and crepes are a little different and sweeter than the kind you are used to making for breakfast. However, this food would be wonderful with some chocolate ice cream on top, some whipped cream, and a little drizzle of your favorite sauce.

Cookies

A soft cookie accompanying a scoop of ice cream is a simple and wonderful way to end your favorite meal. If you are looking for a flavor that won’t overload your taste buds, a sugar cookie works well here. Chocolate chip cookies are a popular dessert choice too.

Looking for a different way to combine cookies and chocolate ice cream? Try crushing or crumbling your favorite cookies and sprinkle them over the top of the ice cream. This will add a little crunch that is a nice counterpoint to the soft smooth texture of the ice cream. Another way to incorporate cookies into your ice cream dessert is to use them to make ice cream sandwiches. Two cookies with a scoop of ice cream squished between them is a fun treat for everyone!

Chocolate ice cream can be a very versatile dessert option. For more information about KaleidoScoops ice cream products, give us a call at (877) 426-8488. Interested in owning your own ice cream shop? Get The Scoop on becoming part of the KaleidoScoops cooperative. You can also connect with us via e-mail by clicking on Contact Us. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Differences Between Ice Cream And Gelato]]>Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:52:33 GMThttp://www.kalscoops.com/blog/the-differences-between-ice-cream-and-gelatoDo you know the difference between ice cream and gelato? Both are wonderfully creamy and delicious frozen desserts, but the differences in ingredients and production method result in some differences in the finished product. The main differences between ice cream and gelato are fat content, ingredients, air content, and temperature.

Differences of the fat content in ice cream and gelato

One of the basics of ice cream composition is the fat content. The minimum requirement set by the FDA for ice cream states that it must have at least ten percent milkfat by weight. While there is no FDA definition for gelato, in Italy, it must meet a 3.5 percent milkfat requirement. The differences in the amount of milkfat is due to differences in ingredients. Ice cream contains more cream than milk, which contains more fat. Gelato uses whole milk as the main ingredient, which means it contains more milk than cream.

Ingredient differences between ice cream and gelato

Although the basic ingredient difference between ice cream and gelato relates to cream and milk, there are some other differences as well. The amount of sugar or other sweetener is largely dependent on what flavor of frozen dessert you order and what toppings are served with it. Using the basic product, gelato will usually contain a little less sugar content. Sugar content can affect how the dessert freezes, and since gelato is not as hard as ice cream, it requires less.

Ice cream also commonly uses eggs in the base to stabilize the product, containing up to 1.4 percent egg yolk per FDA regulations. If the product contains more than 1.4 percent egg yolk, it must be labeled frozen custard. Gelato generally does not contain any egg, although custard based flavors of the frozen dessert do contain the ingredient.   

Differences between the air content within ice cream and gelato

During the freezing process, air is incorporated into ice cream and increases the volume, giving it a fluffier texture. Cheaply made versions of the dessert often have around fifty percent of the volume as air. Premium ice creams contain more milkfat and more milk solids, so there is much less room for air, resulting in a denser, creamier product. While gelato has a different texture, it is also a denser and creamier product and contains much less air. Gelato is churned at a slower speed and the final product is typically twenty-five to thirty percent air.

Differences between the temperatures of ice cream and gelato

Because gelato is softer than regular ice cream and does not undergo an additional hardening step, it is stored and served at a warmer temperature. This temperature is usually somewhere between hard ice cream and soft serve, around the ten to fifteen degrees Fahrenheit range.

No matter which dessert you choose, ice cream and gelato can both make the perfect treat. If you would like more information about KaleidoScoops premium ice cream products, call us today at (877) 426-8488. Get The Scoop on becoming part of the KaleidoScoops cooperative. You can also connect with us via email by clicking on Contact Us.

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