How do Ice Cream Machines Work and How to Find the Right One for You


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Pulling into the Mcdonald's drive-through late at night, you are determined to fix your sweet tooth. You roll down your window to speak, a broken voice comes through, "Sorry, our ice cream machine is broken." You're happiness instantly drops to sadness and despair. We have all been there and know the feeling. That's why it's essential to have a great ice cream machine that will never break down. Keep your customers happy as well as your peace of mind. 

When looking into getting the best ice cream machine, there are a few things you need to consider. The most important factor is how often you'll be using it. If you're just starting out, a smaller machine might be a good option. If you're expecting heavy use, then you'll want to invest in a machine that can handle the demand. In this blog post, we'll discuss how ice cream machines work and how to find the right one for your business!

Inventor of the ice cream machine

 Ice cream machines were invented in 1843 by Nancy Johnson. It was later sold in 1848 for all homes to make ice cream. Today, Ice cream or frozen yogurt machines use a high-speed electric motor, that rotates the canister, and counter-rotates the scraper. As the canister turns, the mixture freezes against the inner wall of the canister. As the ice cream mix freezes, the ice crystals get larger and larger. When the ice crystals are large enough, they can't get any bigger and the ice cream is done! The machine has a cooling system that constantly circulates a refrigerant around the ice cream mix.


Now that the basics are covered, there are hundreds of types of machines to consider. So, how do you find the right one for your business? The first step is to decide how much ice cream you'll be making. If you're just starting out, and like having a specialty, smaller batches, looking into a smaller machine will be beneficial. If you're expecting heavy use, then you'll want to invest in a machine that can handle the demand. This sounds self-explanatory, but you have to think of your future, available space, and electricity wattage that the machine and your shop can handle. If you need help deciding what machine is right for you, call up our friends at Slices Concession and they will take the best care of you! They sell quality used and new machines. If you are wanting to learn more about ice cream machines with Slices Concessions visit our podcast and we talk with Evan about everything ice cream machines!


The next step is to decide what type of ice cream you want to make. There are two main types of ice cream machines: batch freezers and continuous freezers. Batch freezers freeze the ice cream mix in batches, while continuous freezers freeze the ice cream mix constantly. continuous freezers are more expensive, but they're better for high-volume ice cream shops.


Frozen Yogurt Machine

Once you've decided on the type of machine you need, it's time to start shopping around! There are a few things you should keep in mind when comparing ice cream machines. The first is the capacity. How much ice cream can the machine make at once? The second is power. How much power does the machine use? The third is the price. ice cream machines can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.

  1. Capacity
  2. Power
  3. Price

 Look out for these three comparisons and you will find yourself with a great, dependable machine that is right for you. Make sure to talk to Slices Concession to help you find the perfect machine and listen to our new podcast with Evan to learn more about ice cream machines!


Written by: Olivia Hohl

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About the Author: Tim Porter

Tim is the CEO and people builder of In his free time, he enjoys being with his family, collecting watches, and Classic Mini Coopers.


Our purpose at Frozen Dessert Supplies is "Build People and Deliver Joy." That means that everything we do, from manufacturing to packaging to delivery, is to build you and your business and deliver joy to you. We also strive to build our employees and help them to be better people.

Our paper ice cream cups are made withFDA approved food-safe papercoated in a thin layer ofPE (Polyethylene). Our clear plastic cups, banana split boats, and plastic dome lids are made fromPET (Polyethylene Terephthalate). Our plastic spoons and straws are made fromPP (Polypropylene). Our eco-friendly ice cream cups are made fromFDA approved food-safe papercoated in a thin layer ofPLA (Polylactic Acid). PLA is plastic made from corn starch. Our eco-friendly spoons are also made from PLA. Our eco-friendly wooden spoons are made from FDA approvedsmooth birch wood.