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How to Start Ice Cream Shop In 2021

Do you love ice cream? Would you like to make money selling ice cream? Do you want to start your own profitable ice cream shop? You can make a lot of money with a simple ice cream shop!

Ice cream is no longer the pastry for only children. Many adults enjoy ice cream as well. An ice cream shop might need much funding to set up, but it’s also lucrative. You don’t need specialised training to become an ice cream seller.

You can start by selling known brand even if you don’t know how to make ice cream yourself. And you can start from a small shop or even with a mobile ice cream shop. Also, read the startup guide on How To Start a profitable Restaurant Business.

What Is Ice Cream?

According to Ice cream is a frozen dessert. It’s usually made from dairy products. Such as milk and cream and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavours. Most varieties contain sugar, although some are made with other sweeteners.

But to children, ice cream is that sweet food they lick and let it drip through their fingers all down to their clothes. For mothers, it is a no-no, considering the fear of too many sugars. But ice creams are not all that sugar threat.

They are delicious to eat. In tropical countries like Africa, ice cream is much-needed in our meal plan. The heat during the dry season can send shock waves through the brain. Eating some of these delicious ice creams during that time can help the madness.

List Of Ice Cream Flavors

Wikipedia listed about 72 notable ice cream flavours. That means many other flavours not mentioned that are also ice creams. And everyday people are inventing their own new taste and flavours of ice creams.

Here is a list of some of the unusual ice cream flavours.

  • Chocolate ice cream
  • Coconut milk ice cream or ice cream combined with coconut flesh.
  • Coffee ice cream
  • Coffee and Cookie ice cream
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Cookie dough
  • Cotton Candy
  • Crab ice cream
  • Durian ice cream
  • English toffee ice cream
  • Fish and chips ice cream 
  • French vanilla ice cream
  • Fudge ripple ice cream
  • Garlic ice cream
  • Ginger ice cream
  • Grape ice cream
  • Grape nut ice cream

How To Make Ice Cream

You can also make your own ice cream. It’s not difficult. You just need to learn how they make ice cream. It’s like cooking, you need the right recipe to make delicious finger licking ice cream.

The ingredients and different recipes are all over the Internet for anyone to copy and make ice cream at home or for sale. You can use the free recipe. Also, follow the instructions on how to mix and cook delicious ice cream.

Here are Ingredients To Make Vanilla Ice Cream

The method to follow is available through this link.

Also, you can learn How to Make Ice Cream From Scratch on the Gold Coast Ice Cream website. 

List of Ice Cream Brands

According to a listing on Wikipedia, there are notable ice cream brands. The list is based on brand names and country where the ice cream is produced. America has the highest number of ice cream brands in the world listed under notable brands.

  • Eskimo (Nicaragua)
  • Fan Milk (Ghana)[3]
  • Fenocchio (France)
  • Fieldbrook Farms (US)
  • Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers (US)
  • Friendly’s (US)
  • Frikom (Serbia)
  • GB Glace (Sweden)
  • Gelato Italia (UK)
  • Glacio (Belgium)
  • Golden North (Australia)
  • Good Humor (US)
  • Graeter’s (US)
  • Green’s Ice Cream (US)
  • Grido Helado (Argentina)
  • Häagen-Dazs (US)
  • Halo Top (US)
  • Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt (US)
  • HB Ice Cream (Ireland)

How to Set Up Ice Cream Shop

You need to know how to start an ice cream shop in your site. There is an initial decision you have to make depending on where you choose to set up. However, there are general options that apply to anyone setting up Ice Cream shop anywhere in the world.

Things like, refrigerators, ice cream display box, ice cream pans and scooping spoons. You can’t substitute these. In Nigeria, you may add more items like generators. This adds to your cost as well.

Ice cream needs twenty-four hours of cooling. Power will be the biggest challenge. It’s also in the operating cost as well. That’s where most of your revenue will go into – maintaining power supply.

However, the biggest secret of ice cream shop is located. Your target customer should decide where you locate your ice cream shop. You can’t set up an ice cream shop just anywhere. It must be the right place to attract the right kind of customers.

List Of Ice scream Shops In Lagos

Most of the top ice cream shops in Nigeria are in Lagos. I will be updating the list to include those outside of Lagos. Also, when you set up your ice cream shop, let me know so I can add you on this list as well.

  • Ice Cream Factory
  • Hans and Rene
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Chocolate Royale
  • Candy Patisserie
  • Cream Slices Cakes & Desserts
  • Caffè Tranche
  • Yoghurt Frenzy Desserts
  • Melting Moments
  • Petit Paris Café

And if you are already operating an ice cream shop, use the form below to send me your details to be listed as well. Although, I will still do a unique directory for most of the businesses we promote here. But this one is for ice cream shops only.

Action Points

If you want to go into ice cream business, here is your action Points To set up an ice cream shop. These steps are not in a particular order. It’s just to help you see what’s in consideration.

Step one: Start by making a list of everything you will need to start an ice cream shop. You should limit your items to the available finance. Don’t be afraid to start small. But begin properly, with a focused business approach.

Step two: Find the best place for your ice cream shop. An excellent site is the only definition of success because that’s how you get good customers for your ice cream business.

Step three: Buy your ice cream equipment. The size of the items you buy should be dependent on the size of your shop. Don’t overcrowd your space. Have enough Open Workspace.

Step Four: Stock your freezer with fast-selling ice cream brands. But if you are going to make the ice cream yourself, start with sample ice creams and give some away for people to taste.

Step Five: Get everything else for a grand opening. Whatever you do don’t just open your ice cream shop door without little publicity stunt. Think of what you can do on an opening day to attract some attention.

Finally, set a standard of customer satisfaction, ice cream quality and brand identity. And work on maintaining those standards.


Starting an ice cream shop is lucrative. But it also requires capital investment. The benefits far outweigh the investment requirements. Ice cream enjoys higher demand and regular patronage.

A good ice cream shop can recover the investment within a limited period. However, your choice of place and target customers is vital in siting your ice cream shop.

There is never a sad sale of ice cream. It’s a naturally sweet product. It doesn’t have issues with customer acceptability. And matters of a cancel order or displeased customers.

It’s a sweet deal that makes everyone happy, and they keep coming back for more.

Final Instructions

  1. You need to perfect your ice cream shop strategy before you start.
  2. Find an excellent and busy site without a crazy rental cost.
  3. And consider starting with a smaller workforce to minimise your overhead.

Important References

Ice Cream Factory, Address: 5 Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos – Website:

Hans and Rene, Address: Radisson Blu, Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

Cold Stone Creamery, Address: 4 Saka Tinubu St, Victoria Island, Lagos – Phone: 0813 534 3319

Chocolate Royale, Address: 267A Etim Inyang Cres, Victoria Island, Lagos, Phone: 01 271 4155

Candy Patisserie, Address: 21 A Kofo Abayomi St, Eti-Osa, Lagos

Cream Slices Cakes & Desserts, Address: 109 Ogunlana Drive, Surulere, Lagos

Caffè Tranche By Araba Victoria Island Lagos, Address: 14B Karimu Kotun St, Victoria Island, Lagos

Yoghurt Frenzy Desserts, Address: 1310 Karimu Kotun St, Victoria Island, Lagos

Melting Moments, Address: Shop U02, 1st Floor, by Silverbird Cinema, Ikeja City Mall, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos

Petit Paris Café, Address: Taiye Olowu St, Lekki Phase I, Lagos

Chinedu David
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  • nawaz Oct 29,2021 at 2:31 pm

    Eating some of these delicious ice creams during that time can help the madness.

  • faraz Oct 20,2021 at 5:01 pm

    Starting an ice cream business sounds like the perfect gig. Check out our question guide to see if you’re ready to open your own shop.

  • hamid Sep 20,2021 at 2:04 pm

    Ice cream is a classic summer … If you’re looking to open your own ice cream shop, check out our ice cream shop startup guide.

  • Tenorshare iCareFone Sep 20,2021 at 1:48 pm

    Typically opening an ice cream shop will cost you anywhere between $20,000 to $50,000. However, this figure can vary based on whether you decide to buy or rent a location, as well as whether you purchase new equipment or cheaper used equipment.

  • Mr Omar Sep 20,2021 at 1:39 pm

    Yup, the rumors are true: ice cream delivery is real. You can get Ben & Jerry’s ice cream delivered right to your house, so you can dive into those sweet chunks and swirls without even putting your shoes on.

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