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Flavoring Your Own Ice Cream With Syrups: A Guide

If you make ice cream to serve at an ice cream shop or restaurant, then you know that flavoring that ice cream can be one of the biggest challenges. Finding the right ratio of flavoring ingredients is always tough, and then you have to worry about certain flavorings changing the texture of the ice cream. One solution is to use pre-made flavoring syrups, instead of individual ingredients, to flavor your ice cream. Here are some tips to assist you as you begin adopting this new approach.

Weigh your ice cream, and add syrup by weight.

Every ice cream recipe and ice cream making technique results in ice cream with a somewhat different texture. Your ice cream might be really dense and creamy, whereas another ice cream maker might have fluffier, lighter ice cream. For this reason, it is a good idea to weigh your ice cream and then add syrup according to its weight. The syrup bottle should have directions for this. For instance, it may instruct you to add 1/4 cup of syrup for every 2 pounds of ice cream. Don't be tempted to add more than is recommended, as this may throw off the texture of your final product.

Flavor your ice cream in smaller batches.

It's typically easier to flavor your ice cream a couple of pounds at a time, rather than all at once. You'll have an easier time mixing the flavor into the ice cream this way. With a larger batch, you may not get even distribution; you don't want customers getting one really flavored bite, followed by a few bland bites.

Don't be afraid to mix and match flavors.

Rather than buying 20 different bottles of flavoring syrup, consider buying just a few bottles and then mixing them together to create different flavors. For instance, you could buy chocolate, mint, and raspberry, then combine chocolate and mint to make chocolate-mint ice cream, or chocolate and raspberry to make a chocolate-raspberry flavor.

Buy wholesale syrups to save money.

If possible, try to buy your syrups from a wholesale retailer. They typically last for a few years before they expire, so you can store them and use them over time. You'll pay significantly less with this strategy.

With the tips above, you can successfully use flavoring syrups to flavor your ice cream. The results are sure to be delicious, and your customers should agree. For more information about purchasing wholesale ice cream flavoring, contact a local seller.