(Closed) Considering an ice cream bar. Think I can pull it off on the cheap?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

nice idea! Yes you can do it for under 100.  just crush up all your candies for the toppings, dont try and do hot fudge cuz it will keep getting cold and clumpy. also if you crush reeces or any kind of candy bar you should refrigerate it until the reception so that it doesnt clump as well. i used to work in an ice cream shop. enjoy!

Post # 4
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think it MIGHT be possible to do, but I would expect it to cost a little more than $100. Those gallon sized ice cream things are like $6 or more each. I think it really depends on how many toppings you go for. My workplace does this a few times a year and it’s a huge hit!! I want to say they have about 30 different toppings to choose from.

Post # 5
4824 posts
Honey bee

Do you have a local ice cream store? you might be able to buy from them in quantity cheaper than the store. 

And of course it depends on what ice cream. You can get large buckets of cheaper, non-name brand ice cream at a lot less at many stores.  Or do you know someone who can go to restaurant supply store to buy ice cream there?

Technically there is 16 1/2 cup servings per 1/2 gallon. Assuming a double portion size about, that is 20 per gallon.. you would only need 4-5 gallons.

Then for toppings, sugared cereals like cocoa pebbles make good toppings for cheap to fill out the options. Things like cherries would be a bit more pricey. Buying a jar of peanuts and crushing your own. Also be sure to check the dollar store for different topping ideas!

I bet you can do the ice cream bar for under 100 no problem.

Post # 6
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

What about talking to Stewart’s – they have an ice cream bar package you can buy for parties.  Maybe there’s a way to make it work for your venue?  Plus it adds a little local flavor (haha.)

Post # 9
4824 posts
Honey bee

a few other ideas for cheap toppings

a box of that cookie dough candy- a box for $1 at the dollar store along with lots of other candies

a box of granola (or make your own basic recipe)

Frozen fruit defrosted and drained slightly (wasy to buy when in sale)

Sliced bananas- alway cheap!

bag of shredded coconut

crush up oreos or chips ahoy (way cheaper than buying it pre crushed in the candy aisle)

And root beer in case they want to make a float!

Post # 11
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m totally doing an ice cream bar of some sort- i haven’t worked out all the details yet, but it’s just so US, and it totally has to happen. You could totally make it happen, I’d say just keep it simple  🙂

Post # 12
3520 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I know I’m always saying this, but you should go to your dollar store!  You can get the sprinkles, coconut, peanuts, even no-name peanut butter cups and other candies.

Post # 13
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think if the melting can be kept under control by the kitchen scooping, that yes, it could be done!

Post # 14
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

okay just did an ice cream bar at my friends bridal shower and it can be very easily done. they had 40 people there. They had crushed oreos, reeses peices,  strawberries, you could do crushed peanuts or whatever and then a few syrups with whip cream in a can. the ice cream was prescooped and we put it in dishes and then put them in the freezer until closer to time. was very nice!

Post # 15
3601 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@UpstateCait: we’ll be doing one at our wedding. It will be more than 100 after including the spoons, scoops, and cups.

Post # 16
1 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are debating ice cream buffet vs. DQ cakes.  I like the idea of the buffet better, but the DQ might be easier logistically.

Also, for anyone doing the buffet, where have you found cute ice cream cups?!  I’ve found some that are cute (Sur La Table), but pricey ($14.95 for 24).  I would prefer to be at around $.10 each since we invited about 150 ppl. 

Any suggestions?

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