Before he adopted a nickname “ScoopDogg,” Ken Schulenburg was a sell attention consultant who helped companies expand into new markets. So when he and his partner Juliana Ortiz decided to open their own retail business in their hometown of Encinitas, he looked tough during what a city already had and what it was missing.
“We beheld that a lot of people around here were creation drink though nobody was creation ice cream,” pronounced Schulenburg, who non-stop Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream with Ortiz on Jun 4.
The Encinitas emporium is one of a usually ice cream companies in San Diego County that creates all of a possess products in a store — and it’s a lot of product. The emporium has some-more than 50 varieties accessible each day, and a flavors change daily, with as many as 300 varieties to select from.
Schulenburg and Ortiz spend about 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, creation a ice cream. They make usually 3.5 gallons per batch so a ice creams never sit too prolonged in a freezers, that are vast out-of-date top-opening chillers that widen from one finish of a store to a other.
Schulenburg grew adult in Ohio, where Handel’s Homemade has been around for 72 years. On a prohibited summer day in 1945, Alice Handel started offered her homemade ice cream during her husband’s gas hire in Youngstown, Ohio, and a association has been flourishing ever since. Most of a stores are in Ohio, with a tiny trace of shops in Indiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida and Nevada. The Encinitas store is one of 4 in California and a usually one in San Diego County.
While Handel’s is a chain, a store locations aren’t operated as normal franchises. Shop owners can pattern their stores a approach they wish — many are window-service-only kiosks, though a Encinitas store is a vast walk-in shop. Owners are speedy to come adult with their possess internal traditions, village overdo programs and flavors. Schulenburg has combined several of his possess ice cream varieties, including this week’s Chocolate Orange Chip and Dat Brownie Dough.
That final season is a favorite of unchanging patron Andy Steinman of Carlsbad. Steinman pronounced Handel’s ice cream reminds him of a rich, tawny solidified custard he grew adult on in a Midwest, and he likes how it always tastes fresh-made.”
“Because they make it in a shop, it never has that tough freeze. Also a portions are humongous and we like how they’re changing things up,” Steinman said.
The shop’s unchanging tip sellers are Graham Central Station (graham cracker-flavored ice cream with graham sputter and chocolate lonesome honeycomb crunch), Oree Dough (chocolate chip cookie mix ice cream with vast chunks of Oreo cookies) and Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie. There are 10 flavors that business can always count on (like chocolate and vanilla) though a other 40-plus are adult to a owner’s discretion.
Because a lineup changes often, a flavors are created adult on a wall-sized chalkboard by a door. Among a some-more surprising options in a Handel’s recipe book are True Blue Bubble Gum, Elvis, Deep Dish Apple Pie, German Chocolate Cake, S’mores and Spouse Like a House. Ortiz’s personal favorite is the strawberry sorbet and Schulenburg’s stream collect is Red Sky Tonight (black hiss ice cream with chocolate truffle chunks), and — approbation — they still suffer eating ice cream each day.
Handel’s is famous for a inexhaustible use of add-ins (a 3.5-gallon collection of strawberry sorbet incorporates 6 pounds of uninformed berries) as good as extra-large portions. A singular portion is $3.75, that is 3 scoops totaling adult to 6 ounces. A double, $4.50, adds another scoop. The emporium sells ice cream by a pint and quart, as good as ice cream sundaes, banana splits and ice cream cakes and pies.
The emporium non-stop to a line down a travel final June, and business was so sprightly in a summer months, a integrate had 30 people operative behind a opposite each night. The winter months have been some-more manageable, though there’s still a line out a doorway on weeknights and down a corridor on weekends. Ortiz pronounced business have driven from as distant as Temecula and Chula Vista and many business simply ask for whatever season usually came out of a ice cream machines.
Schulenburg and Ortiz met while operative in a sell financial use attention and have been together for 3 years. Between them, they have 4 children ages 12 to 19, and wanted to possess a business that they and their children, as good as other Encinitas families, could enjoy.
Schulenburg didn’t eat Handel’s ice cream as a child, though he and his grandfather did make ice cream the out-of-date way, with stone salt and a hand-cranked freezer. To him, ice cream is a sign of his childhood and many of his adult business contend they feel that same clarity of nostalgia.
“We have a lot of adults who come here to relive their memories, though we also have a lot of kids who are now coming in to make their possess memories since there’s zero like this around here,” he said.
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream
What:: Makes and sells some-more than 50 varieties of ice cream
Owner: Ken Schulenburg Juliana Ortiz
Where: 90 N. Coast Highway, Suite 101, Encinitas
Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Phone: (760) 230-6948
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