If the cruel temptations of the Play-Doh Fun Factory taught the world anything, it's that mouthwatering creations are more gratifying when they're actually edible. Swoop spoon-first into a scoop of icy eats with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of ice cream at Dippin’ Dots in the Dayton Mall.
Dippin’ Dots' patrons satisfy sweet, icy cravings with a plethora of ice cream and treats that are prepared the way every food should be: cryo-blasted into hundreds of tiny pellets that can easily be smuggled in a sock. Cryogenic encapsulation, a flash-freezing process, results in the small beads of ice cream known to the world as Dippin' Dots. Gobble up flavors such as bubble gum, banana split, moose tracks, and cotton candy in small ($3.50), medium ($4.50), and large ($5.50) sizes. Flavored ice, sugar-free, sherbet, and yogurt options are also available.
Dippin' Dots has become vastly popular since its invention in the ultrafuturistic year of 1988, delighting dessert fans with a simple formula of oddball ice cream. Sampling futuristic ice-cream snacks doesn’t have to entail serving scoops in an airtight zero-gravity chamber or calling the spoon a continuum transfunctioner. Dippin’ Dots offers memorable, tasty treats that add pizzazz to the end of any meal and totally blow the minds of stodgy, traditionalist children.
A science lab calls to mind test tubes, bubbling flasks of chemicals, manically laughing men in white coats—but rarely ice cream. But that's exactly where Curt Jones, chairman and founder of Dippin' Dots, came upon the inspiration for the tiny flash-frozen beads of ice cream. A microbiologist, Jones spearheaded the flash-freezing process of cryogenic encapsulation, a method capable of trapping in flavor and freshness.
Beginning as a retail shop in Lexington, Kentucky, the ice cream quickly began to quell the tantrums of Fortune 500 CEOs all over the country. Having won numerous awards since he created a new way to enjoy an old treat, Jones stays true to Dippin' Dots roots, making the ice cream at the company headquarters in Paducah, Kentucky. New additions to the Dippin' Dots family include Dots 'n Cream, a treat similar to traditional ice cream.