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Dippin’ Dots starts freezing more than just ice cream into little beads

by Craig Bettenhausen
August 14, 2020 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 98, ISSUE 31

 

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Credit: Dippin' Dots
Beyond dessert, Dippin' Dots freezes other things, like this cream, into 3–10 mm beads using liquid N 2.

You’ve seen Dippin’ Dots at fairgrounds, zoos, or highway rest stops. The flash-frozen beads of ice cream have been around since 1988. In 2018, the company of the same name started applying its technology to other markets, including drugs, probiotics, and plant-based meats. This month, the firm opened a plant in Kentucky dedicated to its contract cryogenics business. It cost $3.2 million, will support 45 jobs, and can turn out 18,000 kg of product per day. The firm hopes to move into new applications, including butter and blood plasma.

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