Q: What did the Lemon say to the Lime?
A: Sour you doing?
We’re excited to announce that we’ve added a new fruit flavor to the DOLE Soft Serve line-up for 2015 – LEMON! This creamy, tart flavor kicks off our “Flavor of the Year” initiative. Our fruit-flavored treats now include: Lemon, Mango, Orange, Pineapple, Raspberry, and Strawberry.
We are truly excited about our new Lemon flavor and think our operators will be too. It has so many unique applications outside of a cup or cone. We’ve been busy experimenting with using alternative liquids like vodka, whiskey, tequila, iced tea, ginger ale and other white sodas. Our goal is to provide operators with new ways to use their soft serve mix to better entice their customers and keep them coming back to try new creations. Restaurants with a soft serve machine can expand their dessert menus with Strawberry Lemonade Soft Serve, Lemon Ginger Soft Serve, Lemonita Soft Serve, or maybe a Lemon Pistachio Chocolate Sundae. Consider this your inspiration and please let us know if you come up with a new application. We’ll reward you with a sample of any DOLE flavor that you request.
Another attractive feature of Lemon DOLE is that it is made with natural colors and flavors. Its nutritionals remain consistent with our other fruit flavors at only 90 calories per serving and free from fat, lactose, dairy, gluten and cholesterol.
If you are interested in our newest flavor, please leave us your contact information on this blog post or contact your nearest foodservice broker. You can also call our toll free number (800) 442-5242. Lemon is now available for purchase from our online store.
We tell you that DOLE Soft Serve fruit flavors are vegan, but what does that mean and who really cares? First, you might be surprised but veganism, the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products including eggs and dairy, is growing in popularity. Former president Bill Clinton has taken up the lifestyle as well as celebs like Usher, Ellen, Mike Tyson and Alanis Morissette among others.
We thought we would reach out and get an expert’s opinion on what’s happening in the “vegan” community…and who better to help us but our friends at Vegan Disney World. Our DOLE Whip at Disney Parks is enjoyed by millions of people, including those that choose it because it is dairy-free. Below is a quick Q&A:
- Tell us a little about “Vegan Disney World”. Vegan Disney World is a blog created by two vegans who found it difficult to know what was vegan in Disney World. We thought that other people were probably in the same situation as us…not knowing what foods are vegan throughout the parks. We decided to create a blog to function as a database for other vegans to find where they can eat. We also feature reviews and tips about our experiences in the parks.
- Why do you think it is important for people to eat vegan? We believe all lives are equal, we don’t feel that we need to eat animal products to sustain a healthy life. If more people showed compassion to animals the world would be a better place. We also feel that being vegan benefits the environment because of the waste that factory farming creates.
- How difficult is it to follow a vegan diet? What are its biggest challenges? We personally don’t find it hard to follow a vegan diet, with that said we know being vegan isn’t for everyone. If we can just make people aware of the amount of vegan foods that are available to us then maybe people will adopt a low meat diet or even switch to veganism. We both loved cheese before we went vegan, but luckily there are so many substitutes for ‘non vegan’ items that it is incredibly easy to eat vegan. You can even get a vegan cheese pizza from Pizza Planet in Hollywood Studios!
- Do you feel vegans are concerned about packaging as well as the food? How easy is it to find out whether or not a product’s packaging is considered vegan? We think that vegans are more concerned with the contents of their food rather than the packaging. It is pretty hard to find out if a product uses vegan packaging unless stated on the package itself. (Sidenote: DOLE Soft Serve packaging is 100% vegan friendly. We go the extra mile!)
- Are you optimistic about the future of veganism in foodservice? What changes have you seen in the last few years and what do you anticipate over the next five? Yes, in the years we have been vegan, we have seen a rise in vegan items at the grocery store and in Disney World. When we first went to Disney together in 2012 we basically lived off of veggie burgers and french fries. Now we can enjoy Dole Whip Floats, samosas, pizzas, Gardein based meals and many other items just on Disney property. I can only imagine what kind of vegan options I will see in the future, vegan substitutes have come a long way and I think people are becoming more aware of their food and where it comes from. The more we demand of good healthy options, the better options we’ll see.
- Any advice for a new vegan? Don’t give up, try eating some the vegan substitutes of your old favorite foods. Don’t eat those all the time but they can do a huge help in your transition to veganism. Do it for the right reasons, if you choose to eat vegan because of compassion for animals you will find it very easy to cut out animal based products.
As a whole, veganism might not be reason enough to change your menu but when you break it down, you’ll see it isn’t something to ignore. The most recent data we found came from a Gallup poll in 2012 and reported 5% of Americans identify themselves as vegetarians and 2% vegans. This potentially translates to 6 million vegans and 15 million vegetarians that visit restaurants and frozen yogurt shops across the USA on a regular basis.
Aside from this group not wanting to harm animals, many vegans and vegetarians adopt a plant-based diet because they believe it will help them live longer and prevent diseases like heart disease and cancer. Another benefit to this restricted diet is the component of healthy weight maintenance. Meats and dairy are higher in calories and fat; eliminating these foods allow people to eat with less calorie counting and worry.
One catch…Although our mango, strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, orange and NEW lemon flavors are classified vegan; the actual “swirl” is up to the operator and their preparation. Our mixing instructions suggest using water, however, some operators may add additional ingredients. In order to keep DOLE Soft Serve vegan and dairy-free, all that is needed is water. If any other ingredients are added (ex. soda, milk, live or active cultures, alcohol), we cannot guarantee the finished product is classified “vegan”. Be sure to ask the operator about prep methods if you are concerned.
We’re optimistic that you’ve found our blog searching for vegan soft serve. If we’re right, please leave us a comment and we’ll ship you samples. Only requirement is a soft serve machine!
Our flavors have been described as “bold”, “fruity”, “creamy”, and “sweet”. With six fruit flavors, all boasting a unique taste, our Lemon, Mango, Orange, Pineapple, Raspberry and Strawberry soft serve flavors satisfy taste buds over and over again. A great testament to these flavors is the fan base for DOLE Whip at Disney Parks. DOLE Whip fans (Sweeney, 2014) are helping spread the love of DOLE Soft Serve throughout the country. Through social media, we hear about new vendors selling our products almost every day. Whether it’s a local soft serve or snow cone shop, a popular nationwide frozen yogurt franchise or an independent entertainment business bringing soft serve to catered events, operators are excited to offer customers this craveable soft serve.
So why is there such a following for DOLE Soft Serve? We like to think the ingredients and formula cater to many factors of the perception of taste! In a recent FONA International newsletter, Taste Factors (Lori Walker, 2014), they analyze the 11 factors of experiencing taste. Here’s a snapshot:
|Age||As we age, taste buds degenerate. It takes more flavor to taste the same taste over time!|
|Meals||What a person eats at one meal can affect the taste of the next meal.|
|Hunger||The hungrier a person is the more they will crave and enjoy the taste of sweet or salt.|
|Smoking||The chemicals in cigarettes decrease the taste buds identification ability.|
|Obesity||Severely overweight individuals have less sensitive taste buds.|
|Pregnancy||Nearly 2/3 of women experience changes in taste during pregnancy.|
|Colds or Allergies||Smell and taste go hand in hand. If you can’t smell food because of a stuffy nose, you won’t be able to taste it either.|
|Disease||People with diseases such as cancer or eating disorders have a reduced sense of taste.|
|Temperature||The temperature of a food or beverage greatly impacts taste.|
|Adaptation||The order in which you eat affects your ability to differentiate the taste of each food item.|
|Solid vs. Liquid||Taste buds can only detect flavors that are dissolved in liquid. Thank goodness for saliva!|
What does this mean for DOLE Soft Serve? Soft serve is just that…cold and soft; two attributes to more sensitive tastes. Fruit flavors are strong so they are detectable to even the least sensitive taste buds of consumers. Also, since DOLE Soft Serve is usually eaten for a snack, there are no other foods involved to compromise the taste, except for a liquid that could be poured over the soft serve, which just brings out the flavor! Aha…the secret to the DOLE Whip!
Lori Walker. (2014, May). 11 Factors Influencing Taste Perception. Flavor News.
Sweeney, V. (2014, May 4). Disney’s Dole Whip: A MUST EAT While At Magic Kingdom. Orlando, FL, USA: YouTube.
DOLE® Soft Serve is delighted to bring our readers a guest article written by Daniel Butcher originally printed in Celebrations Magazine in 2011. Celebrations Magazine revisited the article before giving us permission to release on our blog. Note: Precision Foods referenced in Butcher’s article is now Kent Precision Foods Group www.precisionfoods.com and the new marketing manager for DOLE Soft Serve is Jamie Schwartz.
A group of intrepid explorers have trudged across the bridge into an exotic and lush land. Around them they can hear the beat of the drums that scream adventure. The large and rare disneyodendron eximus tree, once home to a well-known Swiss family, is in sight, flying carpets are around the corner, and pirates are rumored to be up ahead.
The prospect of adventure is tantalizing, but the heat is unbearable. Only the prize marked on their map will cool them and quench their thirst, so they set off in search of their quest. Finally, the adventurers have arrived at Aloha Isle, home to the infamous Dole Whip. Thankful for this refreshing oasis in the midst of the jungle darkness, the explorers reward themselves with a treasured treat that has become the stuff of legend.
Introducing the Pineapple
The story of Dole Whip begins with the history of the Dole Food Company, Inc. The roots of this well known fruit and vegetable corporation go back to 1851 with the founding of Castle & Cooke by Samuel Northup Castle and Amos Starr Cooke, who were missionaries to Hawaii. Castle & Cooke started as a general goods store selling items ranging from farm equipment to medicine. The partnership was highly successful and they reinvested their profits into Hawaiian industries, such as sugar. In 1931, Castle & Cooke bought an interest in the Hawaiian Pineapple Company which had been formed by James Drummond Dole in 1901. Dole was a Harvard educated businessman who changed the paradigm for pineapple sales. Instead of selling fresh pineapples, Dole built a cannery and canned his product for sale. Dole’s endeavor was a success and outgrew established markets in Hawaii and California. With Dole pineapple packaging production increasing due to automation, Dole began selling the exotic treat of pineapple to the mainland. The campaign was a success, with Americans wanting to add something different to their dinner tables. The popularity of pineapple with American consumers is often credited to Dole’s efforts. By 1918, Dole was packaging one million cases of packed pineapple, and the Hawaiian Pineapple Company continued to expand under Dole’s leadership. But the Great Depression led to a decline in pineapple sales, and Castle & Cooke gained majority control of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company in 1932. Soon after, they began to use the Dole name on the Hawaiian Pineapple Company’s pineapple products.
On May 20, 1958, the retired James Dole passed away after suffering a heart attack. In 1961, Castle & Cooke purchased the remainder of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company and the Standard Fruit Company that imported bananas. From the creation of a local general store and James Dole’s dream of a pineapple plantation, a multi-billion dollar corporation was born.
A New Treat Comes to Disneyland
When Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room in Disneyland opened on June 23, 1963, the attraction was sponsored by United Airlines. In 1976, the Dole Food Company replaced United Airlines as the corporate sponsor of the attraction, beginning a highly successful relationship between the Dole Food Company and the Walt Disney Company. In the 1980s, Dole sought a new product that they would offer in Disney parks. The result was a soft serve treat alled Dole Whip. The Dole Food Company originally manufactured the dry powder mix used in soft serve machines to make Dole Whip. However, in time they contracted with Precision Foods Inc, a food manufacturing company founded in 1992 that specializes in dry mix products, to exclusively prepare the Dole Whip mix. The ingredients of Dole Whip, and its distinctive pineapple flavor, are combined at the Precision Foods’ plant in New Sharon, Iowa. Precision Foods offer seven flavors of Dole soft serve mix including pineapple, orange, strawberry, raspberry, mango, vanilla and chocolate.
Finding the Prize
Within the Walt Disney World Resort there are two locations where Dole Whip can be found. First, and the most popular, is Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland. At this location, Pineapple Dole Whip soft serve is available in a cup or as part of a pineapple float, a combination of Dole Whip and pineapple juice. Besides pineapple, Guests can also purchase vanilla and orange soft serve which can be swirled to make a delicious combination of flavors. A cup of Dole Whip and a Pineapple Float each cost under $5, making them affordable (and popular!) treats. The pineapple float can also be made with either orange or vanilla soft serve. As one enjoys their Dole Whip in the middle of the sights and sounds of Adventureland, one cannot help but feel like they are in the midst of a tropical adventure.
But Aloha Isle isn’t the only place you can find this coveted treat. The second location, less familiar to Guests, is Captain Cook’s Snack Company at the Polynesian Resort. Here Guests can fill their own cups with delicious pineapple Dole Whip or swirl pineapple with vanilla at the self serve machine. As an additional bonus to Guests, Dole Whip and Pineapple Floats are snack options for those using the Disney Dining Plan.
At the Disneyland Resort, pineapple Dole Whip can be found in front of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at the Tiki Juice Bar, hosted by Dole. As with its Adventureland counterpart, Guests visiting the Tiki Juice Bar can purchase a pineapple Dole Whip in a cup or a Dole Whip Float with pineapple juice for under $5 (Plus, you get an umbrella and a cherry). Additionally, California Guests in the queue for the Tiki Room can order a Dole Whip while they wait.
Dole Whip Beyond the Parks
There are a variety of locations beyond the parks where Dole Whip aficionados can find their favorite treat. Some adventurous souls have even attempted to duplicate the exotic concoction in their home kitchens.
You might expect to find the Dole Whip somewhere in Hawaii, and you would be right! While the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts are the two primary distributors of Dole Whip, a third is the Dole Plantation three miles north of Wahiawa, Hawaii. The Dole Plantation started in 1950 as a fruit stand in the original Dole pineapple plantation. It has since grown to become a major Hawaiian tourist attraction as well as a tribute to the legacy of James Dole and his role on the pineapple industry. Attractions on the plantation include the Pineapple Express Train Tour, a 20-minute tour of the plantation that educates guests on the history of the pineapple. Additionally, guests can tour the plantation garden filled with native plant species, while the more adventurous can explore the 2.5 miles of paths in the World’s Largest Maze. More importantly (for our purposes), you’ll find the Country Store where you can find the “world famous” Dole Whip. And unlike a Disney park, you may find some two-for-one coupons for twice the treat!
According to Lynette Oliver-Roeder, Frozen Dessert Manager for Precision Foods Inc., the Disney experience helps spread the distribution of Dole Whip beyond the parks. A common story for Precision Foods Inc. sales representatives is when an independent restaurant owner will stumble upon Dole Whip, either at Walt Disney World or Disneyland, and fall in love with the refreshing and unique pineapple taste. They will then contact Precision Foods Inc. to find out how they can sell Dole Whip in their own establishment. As long as they have access to a soft serve machine, they are able to purchase the Dole Whip mix and help bring part of the their Disney experience to their own customers and guests. With that being the case, you never know where you might find a Dole Whip. It could pop up anywhere, from the Minnesota State Fair, Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, or self serve yogurt shops across the United States.
Can’t wait for your next Disney trip or Dole Whip discovery to enjoy that scrumptious treat? Well, never fear; you can purchase the Dole Whip mix online, and a search of the internet will turn up videos that demonstrate how the mix can be used at home. However, Oliver-Roeder notes that Precision Foods, Inc. does not endorse the mix for home kitchens. The mix was designed for commercial soft serve machines and they cannot guarantee the consistency of Dole Whip prepared through other methods. Fans have also attempted to clone Dole Whip using other ingredients at home. A search of the internet will uncover numerous at-home pineapple Dole Whip clone recipes. Some recipes rely on pineapple juice, while others use canned pineapple to give the final product its pineapple flavor.
Regardless of the recipe or one’s kitchen equipment, be aware that without a soft serve machine at home, recipes cannot capture the texture of Dole Whip even if one reproduces the pineapple flavor. Simply put, one can never truly reproduce the sight, sounds, and texture of Dole Whip at home. Dole Whip truly is the snack of the adventurous.
The Dole Whip will remain a favorite Walt Disney World Resort snack for years to come. Originally crafted for Disneyland, it has created a cult following amongst its fans. And for those fans, the discovery of unexpected Dole Whip or the attempt to duplicate the snack at home is one way to bring one closer to vacation memories.
For all of us who love Dole Whip, we wish all,:
Dole Whip, Dole Whip, in a dish
For you every day I wish
In a float or in a cup
I can’t wait to eat you up!
Article reprinted by permission of Celebrations Magazine, Discovering the Magic of Walt Disney World. To read more about Walt Disney World and for information on subscriptions, please visit www.celebrationspress.com.
Article written by Daniel Butcher, husband and father of two in a family of Disney enthusiasts.Daniel has degrees in history from Iowa State University. He blogs about living between Disney experiences at http://betweendisney.blogspot.com and discusses Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe at www.welcometolevelseven.com.
Did you know that the number of people who identify themselves as vegans has nearly tripled since 2009? There are approximately 1.8 million Americans who live vegan lifestyles¹. Also, did you know that between 30 and 50 million Americans have some degree of lactose intolerance²? Being dairy-free is not some passing fad or small specialty niche—it’s a market that’s expected to grow up to 15% to a value of $14 billion by 2018³.
People make dairy-free choices for many different reasons: lactose intolerance, milk allergies, and lifestyle. While reasons may differ, their need is the same – to find sources of dairy-free food options. Are you servicing your patrons’ needs? Are you providing a product that could satisfy the needs of a growing population? If not, we think you should!
DOLE® Soft Serve is the complete package. The soft serve product line offers unique, dairy-free mixes that deliver intense fruit flavors as well as lactose free traditional flavors to satisfy your customers’ cravings. Here’s a scenario for you to ponder.
Becky is lactose intolerant. She and her husband are out running errands with their four children. As they leave their last stop, the kids ask for ice cream. Becky cringes because she knows if she eats it, she will suffer for the next few hours. She has the choice of abstaining from a frozen treat for herself or she can choose a place that works for everyone. What do you think she will do if she knows of a place that serves a product that agrees with her diet?
You guessed it! She will most likely take her family of six to the place that serves a lactose-free product. The worst-case scenario for any food and beverage establishment is that she makes the decision to avoid eating out altogether and takes her family home for what’s in the pantry! Buying behavior, especially food purchases, are often made to accommodate the individual on a special diet. If this wasn’t the case, the person with the food allergy, dietary restriction or food lifestyle choice would be excluded from the meal. Offering dairy-free options makes a restaurant or frozen dessert establishment appealing to larger groups or families.
An added expansion to the case for offering dairy-free options reaches into the healthful-eating segment. There are numerous possible health benefits of going dairy-free like decreased anxiety, reduced nausea, better sleep and reduced hyperactivity in children. Offering a product that is vegan or dairy-free attracts people who want to eat smart. There isn’t a day that goes by that we aren’t reminded that there is evidence to support the cliché, “you are what you eat”.
We believe that offering a dairy-free alternative will only help your business. Veganism and dairy-free are on people’s radar and their perception of healthy is too! For more detailed information on meeting the demands of the growing dairy-free market, please check out our website for our newly published “A Case for Offering Dairy Free Options”.
¹ Vegetarian Resource Group https://www.vrg.org/nutshell/market.htm#market
² National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH, DHHS. Digestive Disease Statistics. Retrieved August 12, 2005, from http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/statistics/statistics.htm
³ MarketResearch.com. Dairy Alternative (Beverage) Market by Type (Soy, Almond, Rice), Formulation (Plain, Flavored, Sweetened, Unsweetened), Channel (Supermarket, Health Store, Pharmacy, Convenience Store) & Geography – Global Trends & Forecast to 2019. Accessed February, 2014. http://www.marketresearch.com/MarketsandMarkets-v3719/Dairy-Alternative-Beverage-Type-Soy-7904734/
Road trips are known for making memories, family bonding and exploring new territory! We think soft serve offers many of the same “road trip” benefits! How cool is it that your destination is on the route! For the next few minutes, let us take you for a “road trip” to explore the benefits of switching to dry soft serve mix. Hop in!
First, the cost benefits of using dry mix compared to RTU liquid mix are so impactful, we think you’ll never consider RTU again! For starters, shipping a dry product is much lighter than shipping a liquid product. As a result, you get more product which produces higher yields (2-3x more than liquid). Additionally, dry goods don’t require refrigerated transit. Another huge cost savings! Moreover, dry mix doesn’t need to be refrigerated until AFTER you add water. Our dry mixes have a 12-month shelf life and you only mix what you know you will use; one hopper-full at a time!
How about your bottom line? Shipping savings, higher yields, less waste and a longer shelf life equals lower food costs. DOLE Soft Serve dry mix can also increase your sales potential because it doesn’t contain the ingredients that often exclude consumers based on dietary or lifestyle food restrictions. Specifically, DOLE Soft Serve fruit flavors are lactose, dairy, gluten and cholesterol free! Rising health concerns and special dietary restrictions push people away from snacks and desserts, however, soft serve has a smart snack reputation!
Still cautious? Possibly, mixing times are a concern. Dry mix becomes “hopper-ready” in just TWO minutes! When you purchase our mix, we send a complimentary mixing bucket with a lid for easy transfer and quick storage. You can mix the soft serve before shutting down for the night, stick it in the cooler and pour it into your machine when you’re opening the next morning!
Sometimes you need to see it to believe it! On your next “road-trip” make a point to visit our fans. DOLE Soft Serve is currently served at many destinations like zoos, theme parks and waterparks. We are also a favorite at soft serve and frozen yogurt shops. Below are some recommended “points of interest” for your next road trip. If you currently serve DOLE® and you aren’t on our list below, we want to hear from you! Please leave us a comment and we will add your business to our “Points of Interest”. Ready for dry? Contact us for a sample!
POINTS OF INTEREST
Orange Leaf (National)
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt (National)
Hula Girls Shave Ice, California
Disney Parks, California & Florida
DeNucci’s Soft Serve, Florida
Wild Adventures, Georgia
Sea Life Park, Hawaii
DOLE® Plantation, Hawaii
Grant’s Farm, Missouri
St. Louis Zoo, Missouri
Valley Fair, Minnesota
Bronx Zoo, New York
Blosser’s Dari Drive-Inn, Ohio
Oregon Zoo, Oregon
Punk’d Pineapple, Pennsylvania
Dutch Wonderland, Pennsylvania
San Antonio Zoo, Texas
Our manufacturer, Kent Precision Foods Group (KPFG), was recognized by Dot Foods for exemplary quality and service in 2013. This is the third consecutive year that Dot Foods bestowed the Quality and Service Award honor on KPFG. Fifteen manufacturers out of 650+ manufacturers were recipients of the award. Those companies included: ACH Food Companies, Bosco’s Pizza Co., Butterball, Cargill Foodservice, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Handi-Foil of America, Inc., Kent Precision Foods Group, Lawrence Foods, Inc., Living Essentials, Rotella’s Italian Bakery, Signature Breads, Simplot, Sunny Delight, Tyson, and Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.
The award was given to manufacturers who achieved excellence in several areas of distinction including profitability, returns, inbound service levels, electronic data interchange implementation and loading efficiency, amongst other areas. Dot Foods is the nation’s largest redistributor. The company distributes food products to distributors in all 50 states and they have eight distribution centers in the U.S.
Dot Foods will travel to our headquarters in Creve Coeur, MO to present the 2013 Quality and Service Award later this month. Congratulations KPFG!
DOLE® Soft Serve mixes operate in ALL commercial soft serve machines as well as the Rival™ home ice cream maker. ElectroFreeze, SaniServe, Stoelting and Taylor are just a few of the available brand-name machines that create perfectly frozen, delicious soft serve everyday!
Soft serve machines are self-contained units that will store, churn and freeze soft serve mix into a delectable, frozen treat. If you require a medium or high volume machine for production, the machine must be able to freeze additional product to replenish what is being dispensed. Two types of commercial machines are available: gravity-fed machines and pressurized machines. Gravity-fed machines require staff to pour liquid soft serve mix into the top of the hopper and gravity pulls the mix down into the freezing cylinder. Pressurized machines follow the same loading process but an electric pump transfers the soft serve mixture into the freezing cylinder. An added benefit of a pressurized machine is the location of the hopper – usually underneath the dispensing head in a refrigerated cabinet. This location reduces spillage and physical strain when compared to the design of a gravity-fed machine.
Many factors go into the purchase of a soft serve ice cream machine. You will need to know your budget, projected sales volume, space allowance, desired mixing features, and whether you want to buy new or used. Soft serve machines vary in price, service, and reliability. The Frozen Yogurt Review has compiled reviews and a comparison chart of some of the top commercial soft serve machines. Another useful document is from Foodservice Equipment Reports. It contains an in-depth review of soft serve ice cream including history, commercial machines and health department inspections. http://www.fermag.com/sr/v12i02_sr_softserve.htm.
Purchasing a soft serve machine is an investment and requires diligent research. As with any significant purchase, it is always best to shop and compare! Make sure to read customer reviews, compare warranties and identify a point of contact in case you experience difficulties with your machine. Whether you are just starting out, replacing an old machine, adding an additional machine, or just curious about dry mix; we are excited about your soft serve plans! Please let us know if you want to sample DOLE® Soft Serve mix. We can assure you that your customers will love the taste and your business will love the profitability and usability of our mixes.