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Ice Cream Concession Trailers


Shaved ice cream and snow cone concession trailers are one of the most common sights in parks, fairs and festivals, because of the high demand for this type of food.

On any hot day, it is not uncommon for ice cream trailers to sell thousands of snow cones to children and adults. For the owners, selling ice cream is a very profitable and enjoyable way to earn a living.

With the added benefit that ice cream trailers are fairly inexpensive to buy and run, this presents a great opportunity for people to start their own business. If you are looking for a long term and sustainable business, look no further than running your own ice cream concession trailer.

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What everyone needs to know about Ice Cream Concession Trailers


Selling ice cream, shaved ice, or snow cones, is a popular moneymaking business, that is a hit at outdoor events, festivals, and county fairs. If you live in a part of the country, that has sunshine for most of the year, it is possible to generate a lucrative source of income all year round, by locating your business in a high traffic area.

Ice Cream Concession Trailers are used to sell cold treats such as - shaved ice, snow cones, or ice cream. The most common name for a cup of finely shaved ice is called, just that, shaved ice. You may also see it sold as 'Hawaiian Shaved Ice'. In New Orleans, a cup of shaved ice is called a snoball, or snowball. In North Carolina, some people call a cup of shaved ice, a shaver. Shaved ice consists of smooth, fine ice, that holds syrup. Snow cones are not the same as shaved ice. Snow cones are made from hard crunchy ice that, when snow cone syrup is added to the ice, the syrup goes straight to the bottom. Both shaved ice and snow cones are warm weather regional favorites, that make ice cream concession trailers so popular.

Some possibilities for locating ice cream concession trailers are high traffic areas such as - parking lots of local shopping centers, supermarkets or malls. You may also be able to operate your business inside one of these locations. High traffic roadside locations with easy access. Special events such as - ball games, carnivals, fairs, rodeos, parades, or any other event, that draws crowds. Ball parks and tourist areas. Daily mobile routes with established hours and stops at local swimming pools, ball parks, workplaces or neighborhood centers during after school hours. Contract work at Company Family Picnics, Car Lot promotions, Grand Openings of local businesses, Youth Days.

Your snow cone, or shaved ice machine will be the lifeline to your business. Without a quality machine, your business cannot survive. There are two types of machines, those that use block ice and those that use cubed ice. Most operators of ice cream concession trailers will use machines, that shave cubed ice, because cubed ice is more readily available, it is cheaper than block ice, it is easier to train employees to use cubed ice shavers, and cubed ice shavers generally shave ice faster, which is a tremendous plus, when you have a long line of hot people waiting for their order.

Good employee training and consistent servings are vital to your profitability. Wasting ice and putting too much syrup on your shaved ice, are two of the most common mistakes made, that will cost you money in the long run. Ideally, you should be able to get the following number of shaved ice servings from an 8 pound bag of cubed ice - 25-30 8 oz. cups, 20-25 12 oz. cups, 15-20 16 oz. cups, 10-15 20 oz. cups.

If you are just starting out, or want to test the market, before jumping on head first, you should consider using ready-to-use syrups, to see, which flavors are the most popular in your area. Ready-to-use syrups, require no special mixing and come in dozens of flavors. After you become more established, you could try mixing your own flavors using simple syrup (also known as sugar water) and flavor concentrates for cost effective shaved ice toppings.