How Much Does an Italian Ice Pushcart Cost?

How Much Does an Italian Ice Cart Cost?

italian ice pushcarts

Italian ice push cart

One of the first questions potential Ice cart owners want to know when they call our company is : How much does an Italian Ice cart cost? Although this is a very easy question to answer, there are other things that you should be aware of before you make your purchase of an Italian Ice cart and Italian ices.
When you buy from Little Jimmy’s Italian ices you are purchasing your pushcart and Italian ices directly from the Manufacturer in Elizabeth, NJ. By doing so you are avoiding the high costs of purchasing a franchise or a business opportunity since we are the manufacturer of the Italian ices and Pushcarts and never ask for any royalties, establish any territories, or tell you what to do as the end user of your Italian ices and pushcarts. If you wanted to purchase the Italian Ice cart and ices and set it up as a business for events, that is your decision. If you wanted to purchase the Italian ice cart and Italian ices for your school or as a fundraiser, that is your decision also. If you wanted to purchase just the Italian ice, that is your decision also.
Our Italian Ice carts and Italian ice packages start at $3650 and go up from there depending on the number of pushcarts you purchase and/or the amount of Italian ice you purchase- everything is negotiable on all of our Italian ice packages- if you want something more or less than what we are offering in the packages, we will gladly assist you in finding a package that is best suited for your needs and delivery concerns.

Now that you hopefully understand the differences between purchasing your Italian ice pushcart from us directly from us here at Little Jimmy’s Italian Ices vs that of a costly franchise, here are some of the items you will receive in our packages.

Stainless Steel Pushcart
Stainless Steel Lid
Large Umbrella
Cup dispenser
Italian ice scoops
Italian ice scoop stainless steel holders
Case of 5 ounce pleated cups
Major league team baseball helmets that you can serve the Italian ices in
Money aprons
Collared shirts
6 inch x 6 inch Decals of every flavor we carry
A- Frame signs
Event Lists of the State you are in

As you can see, there are many options available, and when someone receives a quote from our company, we thoroughly examine each option as to educate the Italian ice cart owner on the option’s benefits as to identify its overall importance to the success of their purchase.

When an inquiry is made as to how much our Italian Ice and pushcarts cost, the relationship between our pushcarts and our Italian ices is also a key factor. What I mean by this is that as a company, we have four different packages we offer our customers. Unlike most Italian Ice companies, we will do as much or as little as our customers would have us do. This flexibility leads to less stress and more savings for the customer.

Here are more questions that we receive from potential Italian ice customers and our answers:

Question: Thanks for the info. Very Interested in this opportunity. I live in a very hot, humid area, How do you maintain temperature in cart if opening and closing all the time serving hundreds of customers? How do you get temp to 10 to 12 degrees, hold that, in conditions of 95 to 100 degrees 70+% humidity?
Answer: No problems with this- we have similar situations to yours in the Bahamas, California, Florida and Arizona. Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice is made specifically for our Italian Ice carts using superior insulation. Little Jimmy’s Italian Ices stays frozen all day in our Italian ice carts-
Heat rises and cold drops (bet you didn’t know you were going to get a science lesson!)- Heat rises enabling you to scoop Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice out of our specially designed and insulated pushcarts. Cold drops keeping the carts bottom cold at all times to keep product from melting.
To keep the cold going all day when a can of Italian Ice starts to become small or low- you cut down the cardboard can with a knife, and then add another can of Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice below. This process actually adds more refrigerant back to the cart and takes the place of the air space. As long as the cart is filled with Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice on hot days, it will not liquefy.

Question: At the end of day, do you refreeze? Can you refreeze?
Answer: Yes- as long as the Italian ice has not liquefied. There is nothing perishable in Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice, so you can refreeze.

Question: How much do people charge for a 5 oz serving?
Answer: Generally the same price that a hot dog or single scoop of ice cream is going for in your area.

Question: How many 5 gallon containers does a cart hold?
Answer: Our Italian Ice pushcarts hold four- 5 gallon cans of Little Jimmy’s Italian Ices. If you were to sell all four cans at the same price that a hot dog sells for (say for example $2) that would be approximately $900 gross for the $120 cost of the four cans of the Italian Ices. If you were at an event and the hot dog price was more (say for example $3) that would be approximately $1300 gross for the $120 cost of the four cans of the Italian Ices.

Question: How much does a cart weigh?
Answer: 150 lbs empty, 310 lbs. loaded with four 5 gallon cans of Little Jimmy’s Italian Ices.

Question: What are the dimensions of the cart?
Answer: 25 x 25x 25 on 8 inch wheels- Umbrella holder comes up 53 inches from the ground. The umbrella holder can be removed- You then would need a 37 clearance for the pushcart to go inside your vehicle.

Question: How much is a cart by itself?
Answer: After you have ordered one of the Cart Plans (A, B, C) they are $2600 plus shipping.

Question: How many cups, scoops, helmets, tee shirts, caps and signage comes with Plan A.?
Answer: 5000 5 ounce cups, 2 scoops, 120 Major League Baseball Teams that you scoop the Italian Ice into, Tee shirt and caps- 2 of each (please specify size).
Signage- All the stickers of the flavors you have ordered.
A removable Free Sample umbrella sign atop your Italian Ice pushcart will attract customers to your cart and create all sorts of activity to your Italian Ice cart.
As soon as someone passes the sign and looks at you, you would say Hi, what flavor would you like today, Cherry or Lemon? You then get two positive answers- Yes and Yes. As soon as the customer tastes the product on the small sample spoon, (that you will have to provide-you can buy these sample spoons at Wal-Mart, Costco, etc.) the customer is hooked and buys the Italian Ice.
Under no circumstances do you ask Hi, would you like a free sample? This question leads to one positive and one negative answer- Yes and No.

Question: If I must unload product, is forklift necessary, as operating out of garage?
Answer: It is necessary- You will need to specify a delivery location that has a forklift (local hardware store or building supply company.) However a better option is a cold storage warehouse. You do not have to be there when the delivery arrives, and it is a more convenient situation.
Instead of storing all 60 cans at your premises and needing 3- 25 cu ft chest freezers, you could utilize the cold storage facility to store the majority of your Italian Ice and then keep just one 25 cubic foot chest freezer on your premises that you can operate out of. Either way the choice is yours.


Detroit Family Business The Smiths from Detroit, Michigan visited us today to get their Italian Ice pushcart and Ices- they drove 10 hours last night to visit us today on Saturday- yes we are open on Saturdays even Sundays- weekends till 1PM. Little Jimmy’s italian Ice 800 763 4348

The whole family is getting into business together. Great family business.


Italian Ice 8 Year Old Entrepreneur

Athens boy opens Italian ice stand

By Amanda Renko (Staff Writer)
Published: June 20, 2012 – From

Bringing smiles back to Athens, one scoop at a time.

italian ice 8 year old businessman

italian ice entrepreneur

That’s the business plan of eight-year-old Jack Henry Barrett, who opened up an Italian ice cart in Teaoga Square in Athens Borough last week with the help of his father, Ed Barrett Jr.

Jack Frost Ice, which features Little Jimmy’s Italian ice products, came about after the Barretts – including Jack’s mother Deanna, who owns the nearby Urban Connection salon – wanted to find another way to bring people back to the recovering business district hit hard by flooding in September. It seems to be working, Ed Barrett said.

“So far, it’s been a great response,” he said, adding that the business already has “a lot of repeat customers in such a short time” since the stand opened for business last Wednesday.

Jack “has been a businessman since he could count change,” Barrett said. With the help of his father, family friend Mary Johnston and other adults, Jack scoops the ice, stocks supplies and keeps the stand clean.

The Barretts decided to purchase a Little Jimmy’s italian ice cart because of its low overhead and to fill a need left open this summer with the fate of nearby D and R Ice Cream in question after the flood, Barrett said. The Athens borough council granted the Barretts permission to serve the frozen treats in the square last week.

The stand will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, weather permitting, Barrett said. The Barretts plan to serve ice during the square’s special events, including the borough’s special concert series. The cart may also travel to other locations, such as the farmer’s market held on Fridays in Howard Elmer Park in Sayre, Barrett said.

The cart can hold four flavors at a time, Barrett said, with the varieties changing daily. The stand also sells a selection of miniature Major League Baseball team helmets that can be refilled with ice throughout the season at a discount, he said.

Flavors range from the traditional – blueberry, cherry, chocolate – to fruit flavors, bubble gum and root beer.

“There’s a flavor for everyone,” Barrett said.

Here’s the video of Jack also!

Review Photo/Amanda Renko Jack Henry Barrett, 8, is operating Jack Frost Ice in Athens’ Teaoga Square with the help of his father, Ed Barrett Jr.


1st Ever Animated Testimonial

Recent Testimonial from one of our Customers in Texas. Here is the Video on YouTube Also.

“Dear Tom and the rest of the Little Jimmy’s family,

I wanted to write you guys an email about what an incredible business this has been and what the future looks like. This business has been a game changer for my family. My wife and I have been doing this since June 18 here in the Abilene, Texas area. It was great, but it has gotten better. Last month, I made more part-time than I did in my full time teaching job (over $4000). Last night, we did a minor league arena football team’s tailgate party and game. We SOLD OUT. In five hours from 5 to 10, we made about $1300. The baseball caps were flying off the table. I’ve got to place another order tomorrow. I charge $3, $4,and $5, but I give a little larger portions.

The guy in charge of concessions brought his catering truck from DALLAS (200 miles away) where he owns a restaurant right across from the new Dallas Cowboys stadium. He talked to me about bringing my cart ( I will need more) to his restaurant on game days, because he does a ton of business. It would be a lot of gas, but it would be unbelieveable sales. This summer, I will be operating in the mall of Abilene in a prime location for the months of June and July. If it goes as well as I think it will, I will ask for August as well. That will be incredible income. I have events lined up on almost every weekend in the other months, and will need to order more carts as the income from the mall pops in. I could be doing 2-3 events a weekend now be because of the groundwork that I have laid over the past months. My goal is to hire good college kids or husband and wife teams to take carts and work events, giving them base pay plus incentives and expanding my business tremendously. I know that there are risks involved, but I also know that there are really good people out there who need a job and would love to make good money part-time.

Thanks for creating a fantastic business that has changed the financial future of my family. By the way, my daughter and husband are going to be going to graduate school in Rochester, New York starting this summer. He is a physics major with a full tuition plus stipend scholarship and my daughter will have an opportunity to go to the Eastman school of music. Rochester is only a few hours from Elizabeth, so I will be coming up there to see you folks every now and then, and be able to write it off as a business trip, and go see my kids.

Sincerely yours,

Wayne, TX


Chronicle Publicity Stunt

We used to operate the food and souvenir concessions at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ and sold Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice from our pushcarts located throughout the Park. Here is a video of a publicity stunt at Liberty State Park we just found on YouTube for the movie that’s out now called Chronicle.


Maria’s Mom, Upstate NY

Maria from Maria’s Italian Ice sells our Italian Ices in Upstate New York. Her mom and dad drove down to Elizabeth, NJ to resupply Maria with more Italian Ices. Maria’s mom tried to get her on the phone to talk with us – watch video to see what happens.

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Italian Ice in Atlantic City

Another Day, Another Customer

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One of our newest customers just picked up a Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice pushcart from our offices in beautiful Elizabeth, New Jersey this past weekend. The Manes’ have a great location in Atlantic, City, NJ and have all sorts of things lined up for this coming Italian ice season. Now is a good time to get yourself a Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice pushcart- all you need is a good location and events to go to and you’re all set! Give us a call at 800 763 4348 and get started.


Italian Ice and Baseball

Italian Ice -Sign up here for Info (Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice) is being sold at the Newark Bear’s Baseball Stadium in New Jersey before the game starts. The Italian ice push cart has a line of customers with an almost empty stadium before the 1st Inning. The baseball helmet is a natural to sell Italian ice in at a baseball stadium. This is a great franchise alternative, own your own ice cart and start selling Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice.


KFC: Kentucky Frozen Concessions

Italian ice police

Italian ice police

“Hello Anthony and Dennis:

We just finished our 1st big event and it lasted for 6 days .  It was a county fair and horse show in Kentucky.  There were several children and some people were talking about the cost and comparing it to a shaved ice so we came up with a 2 scoop serving that we sold for 2 dollars and called it a “child size” and we sold several of those in addition to the normal 3 dollar size and several baseball helmets.

italian ice festival

italian ice festival

We had so much fun, but we were really tired…it was very hot.  I have attached some pictures of some of the police officers that loved Little Jimmy’s Italian Ices and one little boy that was competing in the horse show…he did win 1st place in his category and ate a lot of blueberry ice when he was done competing (he would come up at stick out his tongue and say what flavor do I want).  One of the police officers is originally from New York and he told everyone how great our product was and how it made him homesick.

italian ice horse

italian ice horse

I gave a quote today to our local hospital for an event that they are having for there major donors in October.  This event will consist of the movers and shakers in my community and could lead to a lot of corporate/employee events.  I also am talking to some Wal-Marts about setting up with them.

Thanks for all the advice and help.  We are loving it…I have wanted this cart for 5 years and now my dream is coming to reality and it is even better that I dreamed it would be.

Take care,

Leanne Mabrey


Italian Ice NJ 12 News

In case you missed it live (just about everyone did) here is the best of the News 12 Broadcast with Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice.  The video from the actual event is next to be posted.