The ice cream of the future is taking its tech to new, non-dessert industries.
Dippin' Dots: they're not just for eating. Or, at least, the company behind them isn't, as Dippin' Dots announced today that is launching Dippin' Dots Cryogenics, which will make the company's patented technology and equipment available to industries outside the companies' traditional "flash frozen beaded ice cream" sector.
While the word "cryogenics" may evoke classic certain sci-fi imagery and/or Walt Disney conspiracy theories, your dreams of having your body preserved for the future by the minds and machinery behind Dippin' Dots don't seem to be quite what Dippin' Dots Cryogenics is offering, at least as of yet. Currently, Dippin Dots' says, its patented technology and equipment (from Dippin' Dots exclusive equipment manufacturer) will be made available to industries including "nutraceutical, pharmacy, agriculture, aquaculture and animal feed."
As the Dippin' Dots Cryogenics process uses liquid nitrogen to flash freeze its products, the company says, it's suitable for any product that requires freeze driying, including probiotics, bacterial cultures, and plant extractions. As it claims that the distinctive small pellet shape produced provides "the ideal surface area for freeze drying while maintaining the integrity of the media culture," it would seem that Dippin Dots' is, in fact, offering not just to freeze dry non-ice cream products, but freeze dry them into small, dippable dots.
"This is the next logical step for us as an organization," says Dippin' Dots CEO Scott Fischer, which, when you think about it, makes a lot of sense a company who is currently only using its array of advanced technology to make tiny little ice cream balls. The expansion comes off the heels of a huge 2017 for Dippin' Dots, when a feud with short-lived White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer brought the company national attention that Fischer credits with majorly increasing sales. But the growth isn't entirely new territory—the potential use in animal feed Dippin' Dots touts could be a nice full circle moment, as the "ice cream of the future" was originally developed through experiments intended to feed cows.