I love my job. What’s that old saying? Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. That’s how I feel about my job at the Ice Cream Man in Greenwich NY.
What is this job that makes me so happy? I make ice cream. I actually make the ice cream that goes into the dip table and into the famous ice cream cakes they sell. Now when I say I make ice cream this is what I mean. First of all I put the machine together and make sure it’s clean and sanitary. Then its time to put in the cream. Depending on the recipe of the ice cream we’re making (and we make at least 10 batches a day) I add the first bag of cream and the ingredients then add the second bag of cream. Each bag of cream weighs 20 pounds so 40 pounds of cream is added to the machine which will make at least 4 boxes of ice cream each weighing 2.5 gallons. Not only do I make ice cream for pints, quarts and the shop, I also make vanilla and chocolate to fill the cake pans for ice cream cakes. Sounds like a hard day? Yes, but so much fun too!
On the days that I don’t make ice cream I decorate the cakes that we made during the previous ice cream making day. The ice cream cakes are usually decorated with balloons or flowers but can be decorated with just about anything. We’ve even made wedding cakes!
The Ice Cream Man is well known in the Saratoga area. So well known that Bobby Flay wanted to do a Throw down there in 2007 and most recently we were visited by Jennifer Savino host of the public access cable show called “Bite Me.” In her show she highlights local food business owners and asks them questions about the business, what makes it their passion and how they got started. Since she was once a food business owner (she owned a gourmet cookie business) she likes to participate in the actual preparation process and since we were making ice cream the day she visited, Julia (the owner and my boss) decided she would let her “dingle” in the ingredients in the last batch of ice cream for the day—almond joy. They filmed Julia making the Almond Joy ice cream. The first bag of cream goes into the machine, then coconut extract and real coconut, then the second bag of cream. The machine runs for five minutes, then chocolate covered almonds are added and the machine runs for another 5 minutes. Then it’s time to draw the ice cream into the boxes while another person “dingles.” What’s dingling? Very simple. While the ice cream is coming out of the machine the second person sprinkles in whatever ingredients the recipe calls for, in this case more chocolate covered almonds.
After the ice cream was finished it was time to show Jennifer how we make waffle cones. Julia explained the batter and then demonstrated the procedure. Finally Jennifer got to sample the final product. Then she knew why it was our number one seller! “Tastes like a frozen Almond Joy candy bar!” she said.
For us it was just another day at the Ice Cream Man, sharing our delicious Ice Cream and letting people know where and how they can get it. The Ice Cream Man has grown since it was started in the 1980’s by the Mann family and will continue to grow. The original shop was housed in the small log cabin which now the production room, where the magic happens even if I do say so myself. The next owner, Nancy Schneider added on the addition of the larger dip room, indoor seating and screened in porch so that the ice cream business could go year round. In 2001 the current owner, Julia Reynolds bought the business (after being the shop manager) and has grown it into what it is today – by adding deli sandwiches, soups, pies (from Smith’s Orchard in Charlton), cheesecake from the Nuns of New Skete along with custom ice cream cakes and a growing retail business. Ice Cream Man ice cream is available in pints and quarts at Shop Rite, Hannaford (which also carries cakes), Meat House and East Side Deli in Saratoga. If your having a birthday party at Strike Zone you can add one of our fresh made and decorated cakes for an additional cost.
Northeasterners love their ice cream, there’s no doubt about that. So come into the Ice Cream Man and see why we’re so well known. Try a sample, buy a pint or quart, order your next special event cake (I’ll decorate it for you personally) or just grab a sandwich and a cone, sundae or shake.
Please be sure to say you saw it on my blog. I’d love to meet anyone who stops by!
It will take a few months for the final editing to be done on the “Bite Me Show” episode so I will be sure to put the link on the blog.
In the meantime here’s the link to Jennifer’s blog:
Been to the Ice Cream Man in Greenwich NY? or are you planning a visit? What's your favorite flavor?