Ice Cream Treats to Help Diners Cool Off This Summer

With scorching summer heat just around the corner, diners will be looking for fast and easy ways to cool off at their favorite eateries. The best way to prepare for the huge increase in orders of cold and frozen concoctions is to make sure your ice machines, dessert cases, and ice cream freezers are clean and fully functional. If they’re not, or if you’re ready for an upgrade, now is the time to buy new equipment to accommodate the summer rush. Once you’re squared away in that area, the next step is to stock your revolving dessert display and commercial freezers with these popular ice cream treats.

  • Sundaes: Market research shows that classic sundaes topped with hot fudge, caramel sauce, and nuts are still a big favorite among diners of all ages, so it makes sense to offer these treats. If you have the space, try creating a DIY sundae bar with a variety of fruit, candy, and nut toppings for guests.
  • Milkshakes: Nostalgia often drives consumer choices, which is one reason why you can’t go wrong with milkshakes. Basic vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry shakes dressed up with colorful sprinkles make a fantastic addition to any dessert menu.
  • Unique flavors: The classics are great, but diners also appreciate creativity and are always willing to try unique flavors. How unique? Well, considering the fact that Goat Cheese Beet Swirl, Pineapple Cilantro, Wasabi Sesame Soy, and Maine Lobster are all real ice cream flavors, we’re going to go ahead and say no idea is totally off the table!
  • Lifestyle-friendly options: Consumers these days avoid a wide range of ingredients due to lifestyle choices, health complications, allergies, or diet, so offering ice cream treats that are “free from” certain ingredients might be attractive to your patrons. For example, vegan ice cream made without dairy or eggs, gluten-free ice cream, and lactose-free ice cream are becoming more widely available, as are soy-free and GMO-free ice cream. And don’t forget to stock some reduced fat or reduced sugar ice cream varieties for customers who are watching their waistlines but still wish to indulge their sweet tooth.

 

When outdoor temperatures rise, so does the demand for refreshing ice cream treats. Fill your restaurant freezer with these cool desserts for your customers well before summer weather hits.

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