20 Creative Ice Cream Business Ideas

20 Creative Ice Cream Business Ideas

Interested to start a ice cream business but not quite sure what to start?

The good news is, there are so many opportunities to become an entrepreneur and build an innovative product/service in this line of work.

If you're looking to start your own ice cream business, there are several low-investment options you can choose from.

We put a list together below of the most profitable ice cream business ideas you can start today!

Here they are:

1. Start a consulting business ($300K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $2,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,353
Skills

Akhil Suresh Nair from Boston, MA, USA started Xena Intelligence about 2 years ago, a consulting business.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Boston, MA, USA

Case Study

I had a couple of years of experience working for a large corporation back in India. I genuinely felt that I was just a cog in the wheel and that whatever I did had little to no impact in the real world.

We were at a crossroads at that time – filled with constant self-doubt about the career path we wanted to take. We could have easily applied for corporate jobs in the US or in India, but we chose to follow our hearts by continuing to work in our consulting business.

I reached out to a few small businesses I had developed good relationships during my corporate career and started helping them out on developing marketing strategy to scale their businesses and also to instill robust operational efficiencies in their business processes. I realized that I was able to add considerable value to their businesses and that I felt a sense of satisfaction in being able to make their lives better. I soon started consulting for over 20 small businesses in India.

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2. Start a food blog ($420K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $35,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,787
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Mason Woodruff from Austin, Texas, USA started Kinda Healthy Recipes over 5 years ago, a food blog.

  • Revenue: $35,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Case Study

I started the blog in 2014 while wrapping up a degree in nutrition. Instead of pursuing a postgraduate dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian, I started a personal training business. The blog was a side project and portfolio for freelance writing until 2017 when I decided to take the leap and work on it full time.

Perfect is the enemy of good. If I’d waited for perfection to start, I’d still be waiting.

While the blog was only making a few hundred dollars per month at that point, I’d read a ton of success stories and saw huge potential in blogging. So I quit everything else, cashed in enough savings to give myself a 6-month runway, and started publishing as much content as possible.

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3. Start an ice cream cone production business

Examples of a successful ice cream cone production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ice cream cone production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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4. Start a vegan ice cream business

Examples of a successful vegan ice cream business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a vegan ice cream business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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5. Start an ice cream cookbook business

Examples of a successful ice cream cookbook business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ice cream cookbook business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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6. Start a drive-thru ice cream and frozen yogurt business

Examples of a successful drive-thru ice cream and frozen yogurt business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a drive-thru ice cream and frozen yogurt business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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7. Start an ice cream producer business

Examples of a successful ice cream producer business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ice cream producer business:

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8. Start an ice cream spoon manufacturing business

Examples of a successful ice cream spoon manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ice cream spoon manufacturing business:

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9. Start an ice cream wholesaler

Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful ice cream wholesaler:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ice cream wholesaler:

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10. Start a liquid nitrogen distribution business

Examples of a successful liquid nitrogen distribution business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a liquid nitrogen distribution business:

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11. Start an ice cream truck business

Examples of a successful ice cream truck business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ice cream truck business:

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12. Start an ice cream vending cart business

Examples of a successful ice cream vending cart business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ice cream vending cart business:

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13. Start a specialty ice cream business

Examples of a successful specialty ice cream business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a specialty ice cream business:

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14. Start an ice cream supplier business

Examples of a successful ice cream supplier business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ice cream supplier business:

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15. Sell ice cream cakes

Examples of a successful sell ice cream cakes:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sell ice cream cakes:

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16. Start an ice cream distribution business

Examples of a successful ice cream distribution business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ice cream distribution business:

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17. Start an ice cream party business

Examples of a successful ice cream party business :

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18. Start an ice cream shop

Examples of a successful ice cream shop:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ice cream shop:

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19. Start an ice cream equipment business

Examples of a successful ice cream equipment business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ice cream equipment business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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20. Start a prepackaged ice cream business

Examples of a successful prepackaged ice cream business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a prepackaged ice cream business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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