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About George Dunlap

1973 my parents opened their ice cream store called Peppermint Patti's in Defiance, OH. We served soft ice cream/custard and hand scooped ice cream. During my years at Bowling Green State University (1973-1977) I worked in the store and traveled NW Ohio selling frozen ice cream novelties to grocery stores. After I graduated from BGSU in 1977, I traveled the Midwest USA selling Ice Cream machines, designing and bulding ice cream stores.

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream – David Deadman, NICRA 2018 Convention Chair, Episode 15

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream – David Deadman, NICRA 2018 Convention Chair, Episode 15

 

Show Links and Links:

2018 NICRA CONVENTION GUEST SPEAKER Brain Smith of Ample Hills Creamery, Brooklyn, NY

 

Eric’s Ice Cream Factory – Loading BDC8 C Nelson Cart with a Warn Winch on Discount Ramps

Eric’s Ice Cream Factory – Loading BDC8 C Nelson Cart with a Warn Winch on Discount Ramps

Many of my customers ask me, “How can I transport my cart without using a trailer”?  Check out my good friend Eric Gerber, owner of,, Eric’s Ice Cream.  This is how Eric does it.

Our 6 Favorite Ice Cream Pints of All Time – rachael ray every day mag

So many and yet so little time to taste….them all.

Our 6 Favorite Ice Cream Pints of All Time

Looking for your new go-to flavor? Try one of these faves, picked by Rachael Ray Every Day editors. Warning: you might not wanna share.

Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Fudge Core

ben jerrys peanut-butter fudge core

Photo courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s

“It’s pure, unadulterated gluttony, like if a peanut butter cup exploded inside the pint.” —Christina Izzo, features editor 

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Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip

graeters black raspberry chocolate chip

Photo courtesy of Graeter’s

“A signature flavor from this Ohio company that deserves all the hype. Bonus: It’s purple!” —Charles Grayauskie, test kitchen associate

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Brambleberry Crisp

jenis splendid ice creams brambleberry crisp

Photo Courtesy of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

“Imagine a blackberry and currant crisp à la mode. Now flip the proportions.” —Geraldine Campbell, executive editor

Buy it at Jenis.com

McConnell’s Eureka Lemon & Marionberries

mcconnells eureka lemon marionberries

Photo Courtesy of McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams

“This pint is so popular, they made a dairy-free version— and it’s also pretty darn delicious.” —Alexa Weibel, senior food editor

Buy it at McConnells.com

Ample Hills Creamery Peppermint Pattie

ample hills creamery peppermint pattie

Photography by Peter Ardito

“Super minty with hunks of candy. This is mint-chip living its best life!” —Nina Elder, executive food editor

Buy it at AmpleHills.com

Salt & Straw Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper

salt straw strawberry honey balsamic black pepper

National Ice Cream Retailers Association – Steve Christensen, Executive Director, Episode 14

National Ice Cream Retailers Association – Steve Christensen, Executive Director

Just last week, I caught up with my good friend Steve Christensen and we talked about the retail ice cream industry.  He talked about his life journey and business experiences that have helped him prepare for his new job as the ( August 2018) Executive Director of the National Ice Cream Retailers Association (NICRA).  Steve talks about the history and people that have made NICRA a wonderful group to be part of.

Steve and I talked about how  NICRA is the best resource for new operators just getting started in our industry.  Where else can you sit down with a Carl Chaney of Chaney’s Dairy Barn or David Deadman of Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream and talk about how to get started in the ice cream industry.  As Steve said, Carl and David are just 2 examples of the wonderfully successful operators in NICRA that are available to help new shop owners.

Show Notes:

2018 NICRA CONVENTION, 10 REASONS TO COME VIDEO

FACEBOOK ICE CREAM MEMBERS ONLY

ICE Cream Alliance of UK

Brian Smith w/Ample Hills Creamery, Keynote Speaker @ 2018 NICRA Convention

 

 

Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery by Tamara Keefe – Episode 13

Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery

Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery, owner, Tamara Keefe and I talk about how she started in the small batch, handcrafted, ice cream industry and how she is growing her brand.

 Tamara  has some great suggestions for those soon to be shop owners about social media, budgeting, and what it takes to open you first store.

 

Inside Clementine’s with (2) C. Nelson Mfg., Co Curved Glass/HIV ice cream dipping cabinets

 

Clementine’s Store #2

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NICRA, National Ice Cream Retailers Association

Hudsonville Ice Cream reveals new blueberry doughnut flavor

 

Hudsonville Ice Cream reveals new blueberry doughnut flavor

Bowerman's Blueberry Donut pairs Hudsonville Ice Cream's traditional vanilla ice cream with a Michigan blueberry swirl and chunks of blueberry doughnut straight from Bowerman Blueberries in Holland.

Bowerman’s Blueberry Donut pairs Hudsonville Ice Cream’s traditional vanilla ice cream with a Michigan blueberry swirl and chunks of blueberry doughnut straight from Bowerman Blueberries in Holland.  (Courtesy Photo | Hu)

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HOLLAND, MI – Hudsonville Ice Cream has unveiled the first Michigan Artisan Collection flavor.

The family-owned, Holland-based creamery introduced Bowerman’s Blueberry Donut on Monday, July 23. The small batch flavor pairs Hudsonville Ice Cream’s traditional vanilla ice cream with a Michigan blueberry swirl and chunks of blueberry donut straight from Bowerman Blueberries in Holland.

The flavor fits with the series’ goal of creating ice cream representative of the best parts of Michigan, with ingredients sourced from local artisans. Michigan is one of the nation’s leading blueberry producers, with 100 million pounds of blueberries grown each year.

“Bowerman’s Blueberry Donut was an immediate favorite in our testing process,” said Morgan Craig, flavor development scientist with Hudsonville Ice Cream.

“Not only did the blueberry donut pieces pop when mixed with our ice cream, but we’re tapping into a flavor strongly associated with Michigan. Bowerman Blueberries has been an amazing partner through this creation process, and we can’t wait for our fans to taste this genuinely good flavor for themselves.”

The Bowerman’s Blueberry Donut flavor will be available on Tuesday, July 24, when Hudsonville Ice Cream hosts a birthday celebration for the City of Detroit. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Cadillac Square

Additionally, the Bowerman’s Blueberry Donut flavor will be available in limited quantities at select scoop shops across the state, beginning the week of July 30. Bowerman’s Blueberry Donut by Hudsonville Ice Cream is expected to sell out quickly. A complete listing of shops is below.

The Michigan Artisan Collection will feature three flavors, with the other two flavors set to be announced this year.

“Our family has been growing blueberries in West Michigan since 1954, so we have a long history of delivering local flavors to residents and visitors to the Holland area,” said Kassie Grasmanis of Bowerman Blueberries and granddaughter of the founders.

“We were thrilled when Hudsonville Ice Cream reached out to us for a potential partnership and we are so pleased to see this flavor come to life for people across the state to enjoy.”

Hudsonville has made a habit of creating Michigan themed flavors. All-season favorites include Mackinac Island Fudge and Traverse City Cherry Fudge, as well as a Vernors-infused Detroit-flavor called Comeback Cooler.  

Where to find Bowerman’s Blueberry Donut:

  • Banana Boat, 3721 Corunna Rd, Flint, 48532
  • Captain Sundae–Holland North, 365 Douglas Ave., Holland, 49424
  • Captain Sundae–Holland South, 247 W 40th St., Holland, 49423
  • Carie’s Caboose, 287 E. State St., Montrose, 48457
  • Cosmic Candy Co., 168 S. Hancock, Pentwater, 49449
  • Frosty Boy of Cascade, 6886 Cascade Rd. SE Grand Rapids, 49546
  • Frosty Boy Kalamazoo, 5030 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo, 49048
  • Jaami’s Ice Cream & Treats, 592 Cass St, Frankenmuth, 48734
  • Jersey Junction, 651 Croswell Ave. SE, East Grand Rapids, 49506
  • Mootown Ice Cream & Dessert Shoppe, 2461 Russell St., Detroit, 48207
  • Norm’s Ice Cream Shop, 350 N 3rd Ave., Fruitport, 49415
  • Norm’s Ice Cream Shop North Muskegon, 80 N. Causeway Rd., North Muskegon, 49445
  • Ottawa Beach General Store, 2256 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, 49424
  • Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor, Grand Hotel, 1891 Cadotte Ave, Mackinac Island, 49757
  • The Parlour of Jackson, 1401 Daniel Rd., Jackson, 49202
  • The Sweet Tooth of Marine City, 312 S. Water St., Marine City, 48039