Ice cream still a sweet treat in colder months

Monday, December 5, 2011 | 2:54 p.m. CST; updated 3:24 p.m. CST, Monday, December 5, 2011

COLUMBIA—It's a cold, cold world right now for those in the ice cream business.

Normally hot spots for students and Columbia residents during the warmer months, Buck's Ice Cream Place and other frozen treat stores in Columbia see business slow down when the temperature drops.

Yogoluv, a frozen yogurt bar in Columbia, closes earlier each day and offers hot chocolate and apple cider to bring in customers, manager Tiffany Huang said. 

Coldstone Creamery, another ice cream store in downtown Columbia, sees a decrease in customers as well. The store offers fall and holiday flavored ice cream and sells pies and cakes, manager Rachel Smith said. 

Vox reported in October that Sparky's was planning to serve crepes this winter.

Buck's, MU's student-run ice cream store, is now closed on Saturdays, reflecting lower demand. It will open its doors for the weekend when warmer weather returns.

But the show must go on for Buck's while MU is open in the colder months, and to attract more customers, Buck's sells a variety of ice cream flavors inspired by the holidays.

During the holidays in the past, Buck's featured maple bacon ice cream — with real bacon in it — to bring in more business.

"It tastes like breakfast," Buck's employee Angela Lee said. "A lot of people liked it, after they got over the fact there was bacon in it."

This year's flavors include pumpkin pie, caramel apple, eggnog and peppermint.

While Tiger Stripe ice cream continues to be the most popular flavor throughout the year, most customers like sampling the holiday flavors, Lee said.

Regular customers include die-hard ice cream fans or self-prescribed addicts that will brave "below zero weather" to get their ice cream fix, Buck's Manager Rick Linhardt said.

But Buck's closes once the students head home for the winter break, and students won't get the scoop on what Buck's is serving next until January.

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