Monday, March 28, 2011

J.P. Licks opens tenth store

Local Boston area scoop shop J.P. Licks is pleased to announce the opening of their 10th store in Wellesley, MA. Unlike most scoop shops, JP Licks opens at 7AM and offers all kinds of breakfast treats as well. Hmmm, I wonder if they would serve me ice cream in the morning if I ask nicely? ....great, now I want a chocolate shake for breakfast.

I know this story doesn't affect alot of people, but I bring it up because I stumbled upon this article with the owner, Vince Petryk. There are several neat points about how he got to where he is today, but I find it especially interesting that he points out how important it is to serve your customers quickly. Ice cream is all about making people happy, but that can't happy if they walk away from a slow line.

I think it's about time me and the family to head out for a visit!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Kemp's New Frozen Yogurt Cones

The March 2011 Kemp's newsletter is out and what do they have in store for us?

Per their newsletter: Just in time for spring, we're pleased to announce two new smooth and creamy Frozen Yogurt cone flavors: Cookies & Cream and Peanut Butter Cup. At fewer than 200 calories, these cones make for a fun and delicious treat. Available now at a freezer aisle near you.

Now, their is a link to their novelty section on the newsletter, but it doesn't actually show the new cones. What is does show (if you go to the premium novelty section), is a whole bunch of potentially new treats like mini ice cream cones and other neat looking treats.
Now I say potentially because I can't find an actual announcement for these things (trust me, I tried. I looked through all the old newsletters that I could find, and it wasn't in the news section either).

Ok, if you've seen any of these treats, feel free to chime in. I know I will have my eyes open!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blue Bunny introduces 21 treats for 2011

New Blue Bunny Ice Cream Treats Add Fun and Flavor
Blue Bunny introduces 21 new products for 2011, including
100 percent natural ice cream bars and sandwiches
and ice cream flavors inspired by Chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes

Le Mars, Iowa – 3/7/2011 – Blue Bunny introduces 21 new products which will hit shelves in March 2011. Among the new products and flavors are low calorie indulgences and 100 percent natural novelties to decadent ice cream and cake combinations and Personals portions – ultimately, providing something fun and flavorful for everyone.



Chef Duff Goldman Flavors
Blue Bunny is proud to partner with master cake baker and artist extraordinaire, celebrity Chef Duff Goldman in the creation of four decadent combinations of ice cream and cake. Inspired by Chef Duff Goldman, these fun flavors let you have your cake and ice cream too! “The new flavors channel creativity into ice cream like never before,” said Goldman. “Much like my cakes, every last detail has been carefully crafted to create four ice cream flavor masterpieces.” The Blue Bunny Chef Duff Goldman ice cream flavors have a suggested retail price of $4.99 and are available in four fun flavors:
  • Red Carpet Red Velvet Cake – Red velvet cake flavored ice cream swirled with cream cheese frosting flavored ice cream and red velvet cake pieces
  • Chocolate Lovers Triple Chocolate Cake – Decadent chocolate ice cream served up with fudgy chocolate cake pieces and dressed in ribbons of thick, chocolate frosting
  • I Do! I Do! Wedding Cake – Celebrate the marriage of sweet buttercream frosting ice cream and white cake pieces all wrapped up in delicate ribbons of raspberry sauce
  • Strawberries Are Forever Shortcake –  The sweet taste of strawberry ice cream and real strawberries mixed with pound cake pieces and swirls of whipped cream frosting


Naturally Bars and Sandwiches
Blue Bunny Naturally Bars and Sandwiches are the perfect balance between taste and nutrition. With a short list of 100 percent natural ingredients, Naturally Bars and Sandwiches deliver a pure indulgent taste with fewer calories and fat than standard novelties and no artificial ingredients or sweeteners. Each box has six bars or sandwiches and a suggested retail price of $3.69 per carton. Blue Bunny’s Naturally Bars and Sandwiches come in four varieties:


  • Naturally Ice Cream Bars
    • Vanilla Bean – 100 percent natural vanilla bean ice cream dipped in 100 percent natural chocolate
    • Strawberry – 100 percent natural strawberry ice cream dipped in 100 percent natural chocolate
  • Naturally Ice Cream Sandwiches
    • Vanilla Bean – 100 percent natural vanilla bean ice cream between two 100 percent natural chocolate wafers
    • Chocolate – 100 percent natural chocolate ice cream between two 100 percent natural chocolate wafers

Blue Bunny has also added two new All Natural Frozen Yogurt flavors. Like all our All Natural Frozen Yogurt flavors, these new additions contain live and active probiotic cultures, are made with a short list of all natural ingredients, and contain fewer fat and calories than regular ice cream. The two new flavors have a retail price of $4.99.
  • Chocolate Vanilla Swirl – All natural, low fat, swirled dark chocolate and vanilla frozen yogurt
  • Vanilla Bean – All natural, low fat, vanilla frozen yogurt with vanilla bean specks


Personals
Blue Bunny Personals offer 5.5 oz. of single serving ice cream or frozen yogurt goodness, now complete with a spoon. Personals are just $0.99 and available in 16 flavors, including no sugar added and all natural frozen yogurt options.  Our three new personal flavors are:
  • Chocolate & Salted Caramel – Dark chocolate ice cream swirled with a salty caramel ribbon
  • Cocoa Pistachio – Cocoa ice cream with pistachio pieces
  • Birthday Party – White cake flavored ice cream with confetti-shaped candy pieces and a blue frosting ribbon


Champ! Mini Swirls
Recreate the ice cream parlor experience at home with new Champ! Mini Swirls, a mini sundae cone featuring a unique swirled shape. This fun treat is also lower in calories, ranging from 140 to 160 calories in one cone – making it a perfect portion size for kids, or even adults! Champ! Mini Swirls are available in three flavors with a suggested retail price of $4.99 for a box of 10 cones.
  • Birthday Party – Swirls of creamy birthday party flavored ice cream with a thick inner swirl of blue frosting and covered with colorful confetti sprinkles all inside a crunchy sugar cone
  • Vanilla – Swirls of creamy vanilla flavored ice cream dipped in a milk chocolate coating all inside a crunchy sugar cone
  • Chocolate – Swirls of creamy chocolate flavored ice cream dipped in a milk chocolate coating all inside a crunchy chocolate sugar cone


Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches
This classic ice cream dessert is now mini and available in a variety pack. Featuring eight mini vanilla sandwiches and eight mini chocolate sandwiches in one box, there is a snack size frozen dessert for everyone. Plus, each mini ice cream sandwich is just 100 calories. The Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Variety Pack has a retail price of $4.79 for 16 sandwiches.
  • Mini Variety Pack
    • Vanilla – Vanilla light ice cream between two chocolate wafers
    • Chocolate – Chocolate light ice cream between two chocolate wafers

Sweet Freedom Snack Size
Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom offers the freedom to enjoy decadent ice cream without all the added sugar—and is now available in a snack size! These treats are lower in carbs and lower in fat than typical ice cream products. The new Sweet Freedom snack size products are available in vanilla cones and a variety pack of four vanilla and four chocolate ice cream sandwiches for a retail price of $3.69.
·         Vanilla Snack Size Cones – Vanilla low fat not sugar added ice cream in a no sugar added cone dipped in a chocolate-flavored coating and topped with peanuts
·         Variety Snack Size Ice Cream Sandwiches
    • Vanilla – Vanilla no sugar added low fat ice cream between two no sugar added chocolate wafers
    • Chocolate – Chocolate no sugar added low fat ice cream between two no sugar added chocolate wafers

Premium Ice Cream
Created and made in the Ice Cream Capital of the World, Blue Bunny has added two new fun flavors to our portfolio of great-tasting ice cream. The two new flavors have a retail price of $4.99.
  • Sweet & Salty Pretzel – Vanilla ice cream with chocolate-coated pretzels and a salty caramel ribbon
  • Dulce de Leche – Caramel ice cream with a rich, thick, buttery caramel ribbon
Dubba's Note: The longer I watch the ice cream industry, the more I get a kick out of Blue Bunny. Who else is releasing 21 new products? Kudos for going all natural as well on some of them. If you want to see them in person, check out http://www.bluebunny.com/Search/Products/q/New_Products

Sunday, March 20, 2011

HSN Cooks
Spring Weekend Event March 26-27
Also known as our $10 HSN Giveway

The HSN Cooks Spring Weekend Event will be this weekend, March 26 & 27, and is presented by Bon App├ętit. This will be a LIVE epicurean event with world-renowned chefs, including Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Padma Lakshmi, Ken Hom and many others. You can check out the details at http://hsncooksspringweekendevent.com/

I sure hope they talk about ice cream, hehehehe, ok, I'll settle for dessert talk!

To make this a little more exciting, leave a comment about how you feel about me adding a dedicated news sections and I will randomly pick one winner who will receive a $10 HSN gift card.

Please Note: Comments with email addresses will not be published, but will be entered in the drawing.

Update: Thanks to everyone who entered, I hope you are enjoying the news site. I used a coin toss to wittle it down to our winner Ryan. Congrats!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Matcha Ice Cream
Recipes from the Internatio​nal Restaurant Show

The below recipe was featured at last week's International Resaturant and Food Service Show in New York by Aiya America Inc.

Matcha Tofu Ice Cream:
  • 2 tbs Aiya Cooking Matcha
  • 200g Tofu
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 3Tbs Sugar
  • 2Tbs Condensed Milk
  • Mint to garnish
Directions:
  • Add sugar and condensed milk to heavy cream and whip until soft peaks form.  Dry tofu of excess moisture and add to mixture.  Stir together.
  • Dissolve the cooking matcha in a small amount of warm water and add to the mixture from step 1.  Place the mixture in the refrigerator to set.
  • Mix ice cream 2-3 times while it sets.  Once completely set, scoop ice cream into a bowl and garnish with mint.


JAPAN PAVILION AT INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT & FOOD SERVICE SHOW OF NEW YORK DRAWS BIGGEST CROWD TO DATE

JETRO’s Twenty-six Hand-selected Vendors Showcase Rare Products; Impress Audience with Health, Taste Benefits

New York, NY: March 2, 2011 – The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show (IRFS) of New York came to a successful close yesterday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.   From February 27th through March 1st, an estimated 19,000 professionals from the restaurant and food service industry strolled through the 80,000 square foot space.  Many of the visitors made sure to sample the authentic Japanese delicacies from one of the show’s most popular showcases, The Japan Pavilion.  This year, The Japan Pavilion featured eighty vendors with unique, high quality products and regional specialties, twenty-six of whom were exclusively invited to the show by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).

“Always one of the most anticipated sections at the IRFS,” said Ron Matthews, Industry Vice President for Reed Exhibitions, “the Japan Pavilion brings international flair, buzz and an elevated excitement as guests flock to that area to discover delicious and healthy foods that aren't commonly seen here.” 

Vendors who showcased products (some of whom made their international debuts) were chosen from hundreds of potential applicants throughout Japan, and were specifically selected for the quality, authenticity and health attributes of their products.  Products on display included vinegars, soy sauces, sea salt, tofu, wasabi, pickled vegetables, teas, cocktail mixers, sake, noodles, udon and seafood. 

“We were honored to be chosen by JETRO to display at the IRFS this year,” said vendor Shingo Ito, President of Otokomae Tofuten, who featured soy milk at the show.  “We were inspired at the show to mix our soy milk with black tea and we spontaneously created a brand new product!” 

This was the first trip to New York for specialty food marketer Michiko Yamaguchi of Germnon LLC.  “This event allowed us to reach consumers we typically can't connect with, and introduced us to buyers who don't know our brand but are looking for something unique and authentic,” said Mr. Yamaguchi.  “Many guests were surprised by how user-friendly our products are, and I was surprised how visitors positively reacted to lesser-known spices like the yuzu flavor.”

“We were very pleased with the turn out this year,” said Executive Director of JETRO New York, Atsushi Semimoto.  The 2011 show saw a 10% up-tick in pre-registered guests and a 35% increase in buyer registration. “The cooking demonstrations added extra excitement and evoked crowd participation,” he went on to say, referring to the four demonstrations JETRO organized.

Chef presenters at the demonstrations included Chef Hiroko Shimbo of Hiroko's Kitchen and Chef Shannon Johnson of Applebee’s Restaurant Group, who explained the Art of Izakaya Dining, showing guests how to extract inspiration from Japanese casual-dining dishes to create healthy and delicious menu items.  Chef James McCurley of PF Chang's demonstrated how he incorporates Izakaya-style dishes such as okonomiyaki, into menus to add new and exciting flavors, while Chef Kevin Yeung of  Moody's explained how udon noodles are utilized in a casual dining setting.  “Overall the show and demonstrations were a success,” stated Mr. Semimoto.


ABOUT JETRO:The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world.  JETRO has seventy two offices in fifty-five countries, as well as six branches in the United States, located in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports, today JETRO's mandate includes encouraging overseas businesses to bring their operations to Japan, thereby stimulating healthy competition, providing new employment opportunities, and helping to improve Japan’s overall economy. For companies in the US looking to expand or differentiate their product offerings, JETRO showcases premium goods that are uniquely Japanese.
http://www.jetro.org/

ABOUT IRFS:The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York is the only comprehensive event devoted to the Eastern U.S. restaurant, foodservice and hospitality market. The Show provides a strategic forum to demonstrate food products, technology and equipment - as well as discuss service solutions with current customers and new prospects. The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York is owned and sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association, and produced and managed by Reed Exhibitions, the global leader in trade show management. http://www.internationalrestaurantny.com/

Dubba's Disclaimer: This story isn't 100% ice cream, and I think I'd probably be afraid of the recipe above, but I'm trying to keep an open mind tastebud.

Cowabunga Now Offering its Exquisite ‘Designer Ice Cream’ and Probiotic Frozen Yogurt Nationally with Web Site Re-Launch

Super premium ice cream brand goes national with its lauded perennial, seasonal and exclusive flavors said to elevate the ice cream experience ‘from ordinary to extraordinary’; Company now taking personal, gift and special event volume orders online to ship throughout the continental U.S.

FORKED RIVER, NJ, March 2011 – Foodies and fine-living connoisseurs rejoice! Cowabunga Ice Cream company today announced that, with the re-launch of its new Web site at http://www.cowabungaicecream.com/, it’s super premium “designer ice cream” brand has gone national, with its inimitable ice cream and probiotic frozen yogurt offerings now available for  online purchase - minimum product order $50.00 - to ship to consumers throughout the continental U.S.

“Cowabunga Ice Cream elevates the ice cream experience from ordinary to extraordinary by combining divine premium ingredients with distinctive flavors that leave our customers longing for more,” notes Ellen Schack, founder of Cowabunga Ice Cream.  “While our inspired ice cream blends are ultra rich and luxurious on the palate, our brand uniquely blends this exquisite epicure experience with the fun and relaxed sensibility of surfing and beach culture. This I call the ‘Cowabunga lifestyle,’ which translates to living life to the fullest and in abundance until it overflows. We’re anxious to share our ice cream, and the culture it represents, with food-and-fun-loving consumers and event planners across the nation.”

Cowabunga was recently featured at a Philadelphia Sak’s Fifth Avenue “Girl’s Night In” event at the store, where attendees delighted in the company’s sumptuous frozen confections as they shopped and socialized.  Cowabunga offers such on-site tastings and full-scale ice cream catering for special events nationwide.

Whether for personal enjoyment, as a decadent gift for others, or in bulk to elevate corporate, social and other special events, Cowabunga Ice Cream offers a wide variety of perennial and seasonal flavors, with many that are exclusive to the brand. Offerings in its current designer ice cream line include:

Rodeo Drive Designer Flavors:
  • Cookie Dough - Cookie dough flavored ice cream with chocolate chip cookie dough chunks and dark chocolate chips mixed in
  • Mint Chocolate Chip - Cool mint flavored ice cream with dark chocolate chunks  
  • Cake Batter - Cake batter flavored ice cream that takes like it just like out of the mixing bowl
  • Almond Joy - Coconut flavored ice cream with almonds and dark chocolate chips mixed throughout
  • Coffee Espresso  - Rich coffee flavored ice cream with chocolate covered espresso beans scattered throughout
  • New York Cheesecake  - Luxurious creamy cheesecake flavored ice cream including real cheesecake chunks and graham cracker swirled through

Off 5th Avenue Chocolate Flavors:
  • Classic Chocolate - A rich and decadent chocolate ice cream
  • Death by Chocolate – Chocolate ice cream with chocolate chunks, chocolate cake “crunchies” and fudge swirled throughout
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter – Chocolate ice cream swirled with creamy peanut butter

Lux Vanilla Flavors:
  • Very Vanilla – A smooth and velvety vanilla ice cream unlike any other
  • Take 5 – Vanilla ice cream with peanuts, caramel, chocolate covered pretzels mixed in
  • Rice Krispy® Treat - Vanilla ice cream with marshmallow swirled throughout and with Rice Krispies® mixed in

Beverly Hills R.E.A.L. Yogurt – all flavors are low fat and contain probiotics to naturally promote healthy digestion:
  • Red Velvet Cake
  • Peanut Butter 
  • Chocolate Cable Car
  • Strawberry

Those who’ve experienced Cowabunga Ice Cream rave not only about its bold, creative flavors, but also the fresh and creamy taste said to make other “premium” ice creams taste “day old.” New York Times best selling author Omar Tyree has proclaimed Cowabunga as “the Louis Vutton of ice cream,” while ActionCOACH business consultant Steve Vorrius declared, “Once you taste this ice cream you will never look at ice cream the same again.”

Those wishing to order Cowabunga Ice Cream may do so online at http://www.cowabungaicecream.com/.

About Cowabunga Ice Cream
Cowabunga Ice Cream was originally founded to give the Jersey Shore community a friendly place to gather and enjoy high-caliber classic and healthy frozen desserts.  As word spread about the taste and quality of Cowabunga ice cream, the company inspired to offer its unique approach to ice cream on a national level.  Today, Cowabunga Ice Cream is known as the world’s first designer ice cream offering a luxe epicure experience that leaves consumers longing for more.  In addition to its bevy of beloved ice cream flavors, Cowabunga also offers healthy frozen yogurts containing probiotics - the natural way to promote healthy digestion.  The company’s ice cream and ice cream cakes are also available in bulk orders for special events. Learn more online at http://www.cowabungaicecream.com/

Dubba's Disclaimer: I tried to score some free samples but that was a no go. Please remember that the minimum order is $50, and then there is shipping on top of that.

Welcome to the New News!

Sorry, that was terribly cheesy, but I couldn't resist.

You see, I have a little problem. When an ice cream company types in ice cream reviews, they land on my site (or the rarely updated twodips or adailyscoop). Seeing as how this is the only active ice cream site, they like to send me ice cream news. Me, being me, doesn't really like dumping news in the middle of my reviews, but at the same time, I like the thought of adding relevant content.

So rather than mixing the stuff I've messed with (reviews) with the stuff I may never get to see (news), we're going to try and seperate the two for now and see how it goes.

Let's go give this try. If you would like me to post news here, please email onsecondscoop at gmail dot com.