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Imaginative ice creams continued
Being able to offer a wider selection of ice cream products shouldn't be much of a problem. After all, you already have the main equipment and freezers needed to sell regular ice creams and ices nor should the fact that you sell hard scoop or soft ice cream make any difference or limit the range of products you can sell.

If a function organiser contacts you and says "I have 200 guests coming to a party that  I am holding and I'm looking for a specialist ice cream seller to serve knickerbocker glories as a special treat" you really want to avoid turning around and saying "I'm sorry we only sell ninety nines" simply through lack of imagination. Even at only £2.00 per head you would be turning away £400 pound worth of extra turnover and a good £250 plus of possible profit. Those seven words are so easy to say but just lost you good additional income.

Let's look at the knickerbocker glory. What items will you need extra to produce them? 1. Tall glasses and spoons, so hire glass or buy plastic or disposable ones. 2. Fruit, use fresh or buy large caterers tinned fruit cocktail from your cash and carry. 3. Whipped cream, use caterers spay cans or make fresh. 4.Toppings, wafer, chopped nuts and flavoured syrups from your supplier. 5. Paper serviettes or napkins, available from all disposable product suppliers and cash and carry's.

Take a look below at our serving suggestions and preparation methods (previous page) and our recipe and preparation for knickerbocker glories below.




The initial idea
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What's involved
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Where to trade
Plan where your customers will be and where you can legally trade.
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Be imaginative
Adapt and offer new ice cream products without big changes to your mobile ice cream business.
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Business plan
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The knickerbocker glory
Is a very elaborate ice cream sundae and contains ice cream, jelly, custard, fruit and cream. Layers of these different sweet tastes are alternated in a tall glass and are topped with all kinds of syrup, nuts and whipped cream. The recipe below is generalised and can be changed to different ice cream flavours, fruits, etc to suit your requirements.

Basic Knickerbocker Glory Ingredients
Vanilla ice cream, hard scoop or soft ice cream. Fresh fruit, such as strawberries and raspberries or use canned fruit, such as mixed fruit cocktail. Custard, caterers made or packet mix. One or more fruit flavours of sweetened jelly dessert. Chocolate syrup or other fruit syrups, such as strawberry, also can be used. Whipped cream in spray can or from whipped cream machine. Chopped nuts, such as walnuts. A topper, such as a wafer.

Preparation method
First do your advance preparation work. Make jelly and custard, chill thoroughly until set, wash and cut up fresh fruits into small, bite-sized pieces and chill if using fresh. Open if you are using tinned fruit cocktail and drain the syrup. Set up work area by placing knickerbocker glory glasses (tall sundae glasses) on counter. You'll need a scoop for the ice cream and some spoons to handle the fruits and jelly. Place alternating layers of ice cream, fruit, jelly in the glasses up to the very top. Spray the whipped cream on top of each sundae to desired height. Sprinkle with a variety of chopped nuts or preferred toppings. Finaly add a wafer or biscuit to the top.

History of the name
First described in the 1930s a knickerbocker was a descendant of the original American settlers from Holland. The name comes from the fictional Diedrich Knickerbocker, who wrote Washington Irving's History of New York. Knickerbockers are also old-time knee-length men's pants that are rarely seen on golfers. How the name is connected to the sundae is unknown.

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