Bringing “ice cream” to Chicago’s dogs
Peanut butter-bacon may not be your flavor of choice for ice cream on a hot summer day; nor, for that matter, tuna-cranberry.
But dogs go for it, and dogs — mostly — are the clientele that Andreana Droz seeks out, in a bright red cart that can be seen on the sidewalks of Chicago and its suburbs.
Droz is the founder and owner of Arrfscarf, which sells gourmet dog treats from an ice cream cart.
In an interview with AVClub.com, Droz says her business got started by accident. After her dog, Suki, was hit by a car, she started baking dog treats and sharing them with her co-workers. Then after hearing about some doggie “ice cream” products, she started researching them.
“The timing was right, because food trucks were starting to gain popularity in the city, and a little red umbrella cart would set me apart. I developed my own doggy ice cream recipes and hit the streets,” she said. “Street vending is a great way to market your product and meet your pup clients at the same time.”
The ice creams and baked goods she sells, all based on her own recipes, are made at licensed commissary. She loads them into her cart and hits the streets with her cooling concoctions.
“Technically, our ice cream is for human consumption, just made dog-friendly using Greek yogurt or coconut milk with dog-appealing flavors. Only five ingredients go into our ice cream, compared to about 20 in commercial ones.”
The peanut butter bacon ice cream is the No. 1 seller, she says, followed by tuna cranberry.
“Research shows there are certain flavors that arouse a dog’s sense of smell, which is in fact much more keen than his taste. Peanut butter, bacon, and cheese are at the top of the list.”
Droz says some humans enjoy the treats too, which, though fit for human consumption, are aimed at dogs.
“My dad loves the peanut butter bacon ice cream,” she said.
(Photo from AVClub.com)
Posted by jwoestendiek September 1st, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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