Sep 21, 2019 Last Updated 6:31 AM, Nov 9, 2017

The Latest Scoop presents the top trends, products, and tips in the frozen dessert industry.

Cookies & Cream

Cookies & Cream Paperback

Whether you’re a pastry chef or an ice cream connoisseur, you’ll love Cookies & Cream: Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich (Running Press; May 2013; $18), a cookbook devoted to ice cream sandwiches. Tessa Arias, founder of the popular blog, offers 50 combinations of cookie and ice cream recipes, all designed to simultaneously satisfy your “warm and gooey” and “frozen delight” desires. Recipe chapters are organized by fun themes such as “Classic,” “Chocolate,” “Sinful,” “Fruity,” “Real Dessert,” “Booze,” and “Holiday.” Cookies & Cream will keep summer going year round with delicious dessert sandwiches for any flavor craving. Available at

Hemp Milk

Hemp Milk

Pacific Foods, maker of the widest variety of dairy alternatives on the market, is currently launching a new All Natural Unsweetened Hemp non-dairy beverage – perfect for dairy-free baking and building a nutrient rich smoothie without adding unwanted sugars. Available in Original and Vanilla, the “milk” is a delicious nutritional powerhouse packed with vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and healthy fatty acids. These dairy alternatives are free of all common food allergens, providing a natural source of balanced omegas and 3 grams of protein per serving – triple the protein found in almond “milk.” Pacific’s new All Natural Unsweetened Hemp non-dairy beverages are available at Whole Foods stores nationwide (SRP $2.99- $4.49) and will be rolling out to other natural food and traditional grocery retailers throughout the spring and summer of 2013.

Soft Serve Sensation

Donper America's BT7280

Donper America, a recognized name in the foodservice and commercial refrigeration industries, has introduced its newest soft serve machine, the BT7280, to the market. Designed for use in nontraditional frozen yogurt concepts, the BT7280 is the perfect solution for owners of concepts like convenience stores, hotels and cafeterias looking to add froyo as an additional revenue generator. The countertop model features two individual hoppers and harnesses the ability to twist the two flavors. Its user-friendly, digital control panel enables users to go from setup to serving in a matter of minutes, while monitoring consistency and mix levels to ensure smooth, creamy product every time. With no complex water systems required, the BT7280 maintains functionally through an air-cooled system. Additional features include: complete stainless steel construction, a patented design stainless steel beater, adjustable firmness levels and adjustable flow rate handles. For more info, visit

Gelateria Naia Snags Sofi

Gelateria Naia

Gelateria Naia, the Bay Area’s leading maker of premium artisan gelato since 2002, has won the Specialty Food Association Silver sofi 2013 award for Outstanding Dessert or Dessert Topping for their Recchiuti Burnt Caramel Bar Gelato. The Recchiuti Burnt Caramel Bar Gelato is one of 109 finalists selected by a national panel of specialty food professionals from 1,995 entries across 30 awards categories. In the crowded Dessert category, Bar Gelato is the only award winner who has won the Silver sofi two years in a row, in 2013 and in 2012 for their Pistachio Bar Gelato. Marcus Samuelsson will announce the sofi Gold winners at a red carpet ceremony on July 1, 2013 at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. For more information about Bar Gelato by Naia visit

Smoothie Operator

Vitamix Modular Blending Station

Vitamix® has introduced their Modular Blending Station. This new Vitamix commercial blending technology continues a legacy of innovation by increasing speed of service and accuracy of drink builds—all in a compact, quiet package that blends to precisely the same smooth consistency every time. The Modular Blending Station was specifically created for high volume, quick-service restaurants. This fully automated ice, puree and blending system provides faster, consistent, more accurate, hands-free recipe builds of smoothies and other blended treats. The accuracy of the drink build improves cost of goods by reducing waste. The modular system also optimizes space by taking up less than 30 linear inches of counter space. When developing the system, Vitamix took into consideration how critical each second of service time is for customer retention. Some automated systems can take more than a minute to prepare one blended frozen drink. The Modular Blending Station consistently takes less than 45 seconds from order to cap on the drink, with limited operator involvement, thanks to the system’s one-step dispensing process. “When it comes to making smoothies and frozen treats, every second counts,” said Lisa Klein, vice president of commercial sales, Vitamix. “The Modular Blending Station has been designed to excel in speed, precision and cost-efficiency to achieve even greater profit margins for any frozen beverage program.” Because of its scalable design the station can be operated with one or two blenders, automated puree dispense or pump dispensing, automated ice dispense or ice scoop dispensing, or with automated pitcher rinsing to quickly prepare the container for the next drink. The ability to customize the Modular Blending Station translates into a flexible layout that can accommodate a variety of store and space designs, as well as budgets. For more information on the Vitamix® Modular Blending Station® visit


Syrup Launch

Bosco has launched a new syrup flavor–Bosco Mocha. Available for food service, it is made with coffee extract and cocoa. “This is our first new flavor in nearly a decade, and we’re confident that Bosco Mocha will be almost as popular as Bosco Chocolate,” says Scott Sanders, Bosco Vice President. Bosco Syrup debuted in 1928, and is sold worldwide. For more information visit


Primera AP550

Primera Technology has introduced their AP550 Flat-Surface Label Applicator designed to apply labels to boxes, packages, bags and other flat surfaces. The machine was specifically designed for the food and beverage industry, and is a semi-automatic label applicator that makes it fast and easy to apply product and identification labels. Labels are applied straight, without wrinkles or folds, in exactly the location desired. It allows customers to create professionally labeled finished products, and significantly increases production versus applying labels manually.

Friendly’s Sets Guinness World Record

Friendly's Ice Cream Sets World Record

Friendly’s Ice Cream, LLC, announced that on July 18, 2013, it had set the Guinness World Record for the “World’s Largest Dessert Party.” Consisting of 794 people sitting at banquet-style tables under a tented green space at Friendly’s Headquarters in Wilbraham, MA, the gathering had the iconic look and feel of an ice cream social that was reminiscent of the days when Friendly’s began crafting and serving ice cream at the height of the Great Depression. During the attempt, guests enjoyed three varieties of Friendly’s sundae cups while attending the event for a fifteen minute period, including: the Original Fudge Sundae (vanilla ice cream, topped with fudge, whipped topping and chocolate chips); the Ice Cream Cake Sundae (vanilla ice cream, layered with chocolaty crunchies, chocolate ice cream, whipped topping and confetti); and, the Caramel Cream Sundae (vanilla ice cream, topped with caramel, whipped topping and chocolate chips). Guests attending the event were dressed in t-shirts boasting Friendly’s signature bright red color, featuring white lettering noting the words “We Did It,” as well as old-fashioned soda-fountain-style paper hats. Planned as a way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month (July), as well as Friendly’s 78th birthday, the new world record reflects Friendly’s commitment to providing delicious and quality frozen treats to ice cream fans everywhere. A Guinness World Record adjudicator, Morgan Wilber, oversaw today’s event in Wilbraham and presented Friendly’s with an official certificate acknowledging the record. The previous record for Largest Dessert Party was set by Physician’s Mutual in Omaha, Nebraska on August 3, 2012, which consisted of 740 people enjoying three different desserts over a fifteen minute period.

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