Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff)

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Re: Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2015/05/10 17:00:48 (permalink)
The rain and snow has put a damper on my plans to get it up and running prior to Memorial Day. I am getting some work done though. I have buttoned up the electrical panel and finished the flooring. Now I am working on the plumbing. I is rather annoying as everything is a different size. I have gone with 1.5" for the waste water system, as that's what the RV systems seem to be. I got adapters for my backflow valve, and for the drains out of and into my grey water tank. I'm putting my p trap (with a drain) under the truck, so I don't have to worry about squeezing it in in the truck.
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Re: Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2015/05/10 17:09:05 (permalink)
I went to Arapahoe Sign Arts to get my graphics done.
http://www.arapahoesignarts.com/
They tweaked my logo, and did some mock-ups. We decided to go with a painted truck for the background, and vinyl stickers for the logo and lettering.

When I put this on Facebook, to ask people for their opinions, some things
became readily apparent when the picture was shrunken to preview size
(which would reveal similar problems in low-light or from far away).
The orange outline can't really be read at all.
The blue text with orange loses readability (although increasing the
kerning may help with that). When looking at the enlarged picture, I think
that was the one I like best, even though I'm not sure how the orange works
with the rest of the color scheme. What about blue text with just a white
outline?
The grey is the only one that is still readable, but it doesn't pop.
How about white text with a blue outline where the background will be
black, and a black outline for where the background will be blue? Or, blue
text with a white outline?
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Re: Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2015/05/28 17:26:15 (permalink)
The wastewater (greywater) tank on the ice cream truck is now installed and ready to be connected to the interior drain.




post edited by Midnights - 2015/05/28 17:28:02
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Re: Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2016/04/25 16:30:29 (permalink)
I don't think I posted about this:
Here is my flooring:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Armstrong-Imperial-Texture-VCT-12-in-x-12-in-Polar-White-Standard-Excelon-Commercial-Vinyl-Tile-45-sq-ft-case-51941031/202599918
Here is the plywood prepped with VCT glue:

Here is the VCT tile laid down:

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Re: Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2016/04/25 16:32:24 (permalink)
Here is my generator housing:



I also got a better freezer:

And a shake mixer:

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Re: Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2016/04/25 16:37:29 (permalink)
This is an adapter to turn two 110v lines into a 220v outlet. You just need to plug the two regular plugs into outlets on different poles of the same junction box. This is what welders do when they are on a job where they can't get to a 220v plug. It's not a great solution, but it might come in handy in a jam.

Here's a video which explains it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uD6UGa3hh0
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Re: Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2016/04/25 16:44:56 (permalink)
Some random stuff to help me in my test kitchen:

An old fashioned ice cream maker which can make a gallon at a time.

Mixing up the Blue Moon base:

The finished base mix:

The stickers are just regular Avery labels.
http://www.avery.com/aver...4294967286&Ns=Rank|0||Product%20Number|1&refchannel=d6c759baa4c2a110VgnVCM1000002118140aRCRD
The food-grade gallon jugs are from Uline.
http://www.uline.com/BL_8155/Utility-Jugs
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Re: Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2016/05/08 12:53:19 (permalink)
So, due to shifting stuff around on the truck, I no longer have room for my big, old cash drawer and register set-up I had planned on using. I got a simple cash box instead.


Because this little cash box doesn't have slots for the individual denominations of bills, I need a way to keep the bills organized to speed up transactions, and help alleviate errors from accidentally giving the wrong bill back. I found these wallet dividers which work pretty well. I printed them on plain cardstock.
http://giftsweuse.com/fre...tables/wallet-dividers
While I was searching for a cash box with the appropriate dimensions for the small shelf where I'm putting it, I found some helpful webpages about dealing with the cash side of food truck transactions.

This one had some helpful tips/hints for dealing with cash:
Cash Box – 5 Tips on Handling Cash
http://www.turningforprofit.com/cash-box/

I also found this one:
Cash Control In Your Food Truck
http://mobile-cuisine.com...ol-in-your-food-truck/

Also:
Don’t keep your cash box where someone can reach it through your window.

Keep a lock box or bank bag somewhere very safe (like in a Tupperware box in your fridge or freezer) where you can put large amount of bills if you get too many to be manageable in your cash box/drawer.
post edited by Midnights - 2016/05/08 16:16:26
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Re: Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2016/06/12 03:13:25 (permalink)
I am hard at work finishing the truck and getting all of the required paperwork done. I did have some time to make two Tiger's Blood test batches. One was with shaved ice concentrate I purchased online. The other was with concentrate I made myself, from my own recipe.
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Re: Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2016/06/12 20:42:45 (permalink)
Tiger's Blood ice cream head to head. On the left is my own recipe. On the right is the one made with the shaved ice concentrate.

Which do you think came out on top?
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Re:Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2016/06/13 03:27:54 (permalink)
This looks totally amazing, I m new in this forum so I can't give you any suggestion on your business, I can only tell you that I love the truck you are using , best of luck for your business.
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Re:Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2016/06/13 12:02:34 (permalink)
Not knowing the taste difference the bright orange on the right would be the one I'd order... just because of the color.
 
The density in both look great!
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Re:Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2016/06/13 19:00:51 (permalink)
My wife brought them to work, and the vote was exactly split 10/10. The orange one tastes like strawberry and coconut. The pink one is more complex. It tastes more like fruit punch (with watermelon and cherry being more pronounced). Both have a nice hint of coconut flavor, but the pink one has a better mouth-feel and a better aftertaste.
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Re:Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2016/06/13 19:14:32 (permalink)
Mouth feel is important.  I love Rocky Road because of the different textures.
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Re:Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2016/09/30 02:46:20 (permalink)

I'm trying to decide what to do about the generator housing (since the current one won't work due to it being too low and not allowing enough air to circulate without opening both the top and bottom of the enclosure). These are the three options I've thinking of.


A) One is to get a small trailer from Harbor Freight and build a cage on it of expanded aluminum or steel. This would be lighter, and new.


B) Another option is to get one of those trailers made from a pickup bed. This would be sturdier. By the time I'm done fixing it up, the cost would be the same as the Harbor Freight trailer.


Regardless, the trailers would allow me to store the generator in my garage when not in use. I could still hit the road without it, for events where I'm not doing soft-serve. I could easily carry a small generator to run the other stuff I need, and just set it outside the truck wherever I park.


C) I could also mount the generator higher, light the one in the last picture. This would solve the problem with the current housing hitting the ground whenever I go over a bump. It would also allow me to back into places much easier, and wouldn't extend the length of my truck much more than a regular truck (allowing me to park in regular parking spots, even if I have to parallel park).
What do you think?
 
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Re:Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2016/09/30 07:21:10 (permalink)
Congrats on your build...lot's of great info that you took the time to pass on to others.
 
Best of luck in growing your business.
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Re:Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2016/10/10 10:46:55 (permalink)
Just want to say thanks.
I have been reading your posts since I found this site.
I actually appreciate that it took quite a while to get it all done.
I helps to inspire me to keep going. ( mine is WAY behind schedule )
 
I need to run a big arse genny as well, as I want to go all electric.
LUV that one you went with.
 
The one option that you did not mention was to just do an extension to the back of the truck.
Similar to that platform you used, but a fully welded platform.
Welded or bolted to the frame.
I don't have a shot of mine. ( I can get one later if you want )
Here is a pic of a local truck.
Behind the chalkboard is MASSIVE extension. It must be 4 feet long.
Most are just long enough to have the generator.
You can just barely see the genny.
 
My truck has a 2 foot extension.
MOST of the trucks where I am have the same thing.
Is that allowed down there ??
 

 
here is another one
 

 
 
and another
 

 

 
 
 
That thing that you used is not meant for that kind of weight.
 
I have that same trailer, it's ok, but you will bounce the krap outa the genny.
Plus i found I had to weld all the joints and seams on the trailer because all the bolts come loose.
And you would have to use a steel base for it, not wood.
With all that, you could make a nice platform for the rear.
 
 
 
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Re:Midnight's Frozen Treats - Denver, CO (w/ build stuff) 2016/10/10 11:02:32 (permalink)
I was also curious about the box you made for the genny....
Did you have any pics of the construction?
or was it just a plain old box??
 
I want to make one as sound proof as possible.
 
Because I am not going to buy 2 Hondas.
1st - that's about $16000.00 here.  so  .... 16 k   vs  3k  hhhmmm
2nd - I have talked some guys here.  The Honda's seem great for supplementing your fridge and stuff, if your rig is mostly powered by propane.
But not so good when you need to power EVERYTHING with electricity.
 
One guy here even used a Hobart welder/generator.
REALLY quiet.
But only 10 KW, so I'm not sure yet.

 
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