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Prepared Ice Cream Box

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This idea was inspired by the Ice Cream Drill. This would be like those prepared meals (like TV dinners) that you just shove in the microwave. These would be boxes of six or so individual cones or plastic bowls filled with ice cream of your choosing. Toppings would be packaged separately. You would order it like this:

1. Go to the grocery store and at the ice cream desk order your ice cream. (i.e. two scoops of mint chip in a bowl with hot fudge)
2. While you are shopping, the ice cream people will prepare the ice cream, complete with the toppings in little separate containers, and put it in a box.
3. When you leave, stop by the ice cream desk and pick up your box of prepared ice creams. Store it in your freezer and when you want to eat it, simply take one out of the box, put on the toppings, and eat.

The point is that you don't have to scoop the ice cream, which is sometimes hard, and it's all ready in a little bowl or cone, no preparation needed.
-----, Feb 24 2005

For [Mach] http://store.benjer...cecreambymail1.html
[Worldgineer, Feb 24 2005]


       I realize this is quite similar to pre-scooped ice cream, but this is an idea to order boxes of custom-made (you choose everything) ice cream dishes.
-----, Feb 24 2005

       yes, because you can't custom order toppings on a vending machine ice cream snack. Also, the stuff in the snacks is usually not as good as stuff that you can buy in tubs.
-----, Feb 24 2005

       So, your idea is: put an ice cream store inside a grocery store?   

       I used to get a 15 cent cone from the ice cream stand in Thrifty drug stores when I was little. I believe they removed the stands when Rite-Aid bought them out.
Worldgineer, Feb 24 2005

       Impractical and not cost effective
Affirmative Logic, Feb 24 2005

       I disagree. Thriftys was able to do this for years, for a fraction of the cost in ice cream stores. The trick is to use employees that would normally be stocking shelves - they only need to attend to the ice cream counter when someone rings the bell.
Worldgineer, Feb 24 2005

       Actually, [World], they do still have Thrifty ice cream stands at the Rite Aids around where I live. I still enjoy a cone with Chocolate Malted Crunch when I take my film in for 1 hour developing and browse the makeup shelves while I wait, just me and my Thrifty ice cream. I don't remember when they were 15 cents a scoop, but I remember 25 cent ones. Now they're 85 cents, I think. Maybe more. It's been a few months since I've had any.
Machiavelli, Feb 24 2005

       *drool* Chocolate Malted Crunch was my favorite.
Worldgineer, Feb 24 2005

       Even if they don't have the ice cream stands at your Rite Aid, they should still have cartons of Thrifty ice cream in the freezer section, no?
Machiavelli, Feb 24 2005

       I'll have to check. You might have just saved me a 30 hour drive to L.A.
Worldgineer, Feb 24 2005

       I don't mean picking an ice cream cone out of a bin, I mean ordering it and having it packaged.
-----, Feb 24 2005

       We were talking about scooping it out of a carton, as you requested, but putting it into a cone rather that a "package". Thrifty will certainly put it in a cup for you, if you'd like.   

       Just re-read your idea. So, just like a typical ice cream store, but with some sort of large container to put it in?
Worldgineer, Feb 24 2005

       I think [-----] means having something like a Baskin-Robins in the supermarket--make your order, shop around the market, pick up your order of pre-scooped ice cream and all the sides that you want, which will eventually become the toppings for your "home-made" sundae.   

       I'd send you a few cartons of Choc. Malted Crunch, World, but I don't think it's possible to mail ice cream. ;)
Machiavelli, Feb 24 2005

       Yes, Machiavelli understands what i mean.
-----, Feb 24 2005

       Suggest buying only high quality vanilla ice cream. They can hide stale milk products in every other flavour. But after seeing a documentary of the dilapidated shack where the world's best vanilla bean is stored, maybe I project too far, encore.
mensmaximus, Feb 24 2005


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