Few things are as refreshing as cool ice cream on a hot summer day. Ice cream trucks make it easy for people to access specialty ice cream confections by bringing these items into local neighborhoods.
Starting your own ice cream truck business can be a great way to earn some cash.
The truck itself is one of the most important pieces of equipment you will use in the ice cream truck business. Each truck must have three important components in order to increase the chances of a successful summer filled with sales.
1. A Good Sound System
Ice cream trucks have traditionally broadcast well-known children's tunes to let people know their location. Without a quality sound system on your ice cream truck, you may find it difficult to draw in the customers you need to be successful.
You have the option of using either a music box or a digital device when broadcasting sound from your ice cream truck. Both options will work, as long as you have a high-end amplification and speaker system that can reliably transmit your soundtrack throughout a given neighborhood.
2. Safety Equipment
The reason ice cream trucks play children's music is that kids tend to be the top customers for these mobile ice cream companies.
It is essential that you take the time to outfit your ice cream truck with safety equipment that will keep customers of all ages out of harm's way. Some of the basic pieces of equipment to consider include a retractable stop sign, flashing lights, and a backup camera equipped with an alarm.
These safety features will help alert other drivers to the presence of your customers and help you avoid accidentally hitting someone while traveling your route.
3. Food-Grade Freezer
You will need a way to keep your ice cream inventory frozen while you are traveling through neighborhoods with your ice cream truck. The right freezer can be installed in any truck to help ensure your product stays fresh.
It's best to invest in a cold plate freezer whenever you are working with dairy products (like ice cream).
Cold plate freezers rely on a specialized tank filled with plastic lines and refrigerant to keep your ice cream cool. Once the refrigerant running through the plastic lines freezes, the compressor connected to the box shuts off and the box acts as a giant ice block to keep your ice cream frozen.
Cold plate freezers are affordable to purchase, easy to install, and energy-efficient to run.