Stowe Reporter
May 2, 2013

 

I.C. Scoops has moved to a new location. But you’ll still be able to enjoy your cones and milkshakes on the village green.

The ice cream shop, which specializes in homemade, all-natural ice cream, has relocated to 112 Main St., just two doors down from its former location in the same building.

Owners Bill and Lorraine Miller purchased the space, a former carriage house, in December. It is slightly bigger than their old spot and offers a bigger kitchen with more room for ice cream production and more space for refrigerator and freezer units.

The scoop shop, decorated with purple walls and whimsical artwork, will allow for improved customer traffic flow, Bill Miller said.

The Millers, originally from New Jersey, opened I.C. Scoops in 2008, after retiring to Stowe.

Bill Miller took an ice cream making course at Penn State. Over the years, he’s become well known for creating innovative flavors such as maple-bacon.

Miller recently worked with St. Alban’s Cooperative Creamery to develop an all-natural soft-serve ice cream. It’s available in three flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and maple.

“Most soft-serves are made with whey protein and are only 3 or 5 percent ice cream,” Miller said. “This is 10 percent ice cream with all-natural ingredients, which is almost unheard of.”

The scoop shop will also sell a new variety of soft-serve frozen yogurt in flavors that include Greek honey-vanilla, tart blueberry and classic tart.

“The ingredients are all-natural and it’s made with real milk as opposed to some frozen yogurts, which include powdered milk and tap water,” Miller said.

The scoop shop is only open from May through early fall, opening this year on May 11. But the I.C. Scoops wholesale business, Stowe Ice Cream, is active year-round.

The Millers sell to a number of local restaurants including Harrison’s Restaurant, Crop Bistro & Brewery, the Stoweflake, the DeliBakery at Trapp Family Lodge, and Prohibition Pig. They also sell pints, quarts and ice-cream sandwiches at Harvest Market and Stowe Seafood.

In recent weeks, they’ve received calls from a number of Vermont convenience stores that want to carry their ice cream. Thibodeau Ice Cream of Maine, the new distributor for Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, now requires retailers to purchase at least 64 pints of ice cream every two weeks. Many smaller convenience stores can’t afford orders that large and are searching for locally-made alternatives.

The ice cream has also attracted attention from out-of-state retailers who would like to sell it.

“We’ve gotten calls from outside of Vermont, but it’s nice to keep it small and local,” Miller said.

Renovations on the new space will wrap up this week. The Millers plan to reopen Saturday, May 11 and will remain open seven days a week through the summer.

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