Little Jimmy’s Italian Ices Is A Big Biz Hit!


Little-JImmys-IceLittle Jimmy’s Italian Ices, a family owned business from Iselin, New Jersey, is Italian Ice made the old fashion way. “We have been making our delicious and wholesome Italian Ice since my grandfather Ralph started the business in 1957,” said Michael Maglione Jr. “We do not use automated machinery or high fructose corn syrup when making our ice. We offer a great business opportunity for anyone, regardless of experience, to have fun and make real money with this part time business. Just look what one of our customers has to say.”

“There is an actual letter from a customer, Ed and Karen Hensas in Idaho Falls, Idaho. After two years selling Little Jimmy’s Italian Ices, they came out to New Jersey to meet us and tour the factory,” said Mr. Maglione.

“We originally saw Little Jimmy’s Italian Ices in 2010 in Small Business Opportunities Magazine. We made some calls and did the ‘homework’ for starting the business, but due to other circumstances let the opportunity pass. We both had our regular jobs and continued on. In June of 2013, we were both working for the same company and both lost our jobs at the same time. They way that our jobs were eliminated did not even allow us to collect unemployment.

“Ed had a life insurance policy that we decided to cash in, in order to buy our Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice cart. Since we were a long way from the east coast where Italian Ice is very well known, we ordered a single 3-gallon can of Lemon Ice. First, we wanted to sample it to see that it was authentic and second to try it out at a couple large community gatherings. IT WAS A HIT!

“We sent our money in to place our initial order and received our cart and supplies within a week, and the ice came a few days later. This business has become so successful that it allowed us to pay our bills and keep ourselves going without a regular 9-5 job. It is a seasonal business because of the cold weather and lack of events in our area. We are however booked into a big Christmas Expo which will be held indoors.

“This business has allowed us to keep the household running and help our children when needed. We are looking to get another Little Jimmy’s cart and are even expanding into other types of food that we can sell all year long. This fact is ironic as my husband had mentioned several times (even years ago back in NJ) that we should start some type of food business and I always said no because of too many regulations and health codes. It seems that Italian Ice is pretty much exempt from a lot of the strict health codes in many areas, so it’s the best of both worlds,” said Ed.

Please check the website at for additional information about business opportunities and for more info on Little Jimmy’s products. This is real Italian Ice, “imported from New Jersey”. Register on the website to get the company’s business package prices and more information about all the money you can make retailing Italian Ices.


Businesses To Start Now!


Popular in any region, you can start your own business selling Italian ice from a cute pushcart for less than $4300. with help from Little Jimmy’s Italian Ices & Push Carts company. The carts are colorful and fun and fit in most minivans or SUV’s. And the carts require no electricity or dry ice so you can sell your products anywhere.

Italian Ice is a dessert treat that has been around for centuries. Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice recipe consists of a water-based, fat-free, dairy-free, cholesterol-free, and high fructose corn syrup-free gourmet dessert of many different flavors. Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice is a true Italian water ice that has the creaminess of sherbet or ice cream and never contains any dairy or non-dairy creamer. Their Italian ice is produced the old fashioned way in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

According to Little Jimmy’s, “Italian Ice Pushcarts, concession trailers, trucks and kiosks are available. Our Italian Ice recipe has remained unchanged for nearly 75 years.”

Little Jimmy’s Italian water Ice is sold at malls, stadiums, amusement parks, festivals, fairs, beaches, flea markets, camps, state parks, swim clubs, golf courses, resort hotels, carnivals, zoos, etc. At these locations our water ice is sold from Italian ice push carts, concession trailers, kiosks, freezers and concession stands. In fact, anywhere there is a gathering or flow of people, there is an opportunity to sell Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice.

There is no experience required to start this business and you can get going right now in time for the super hot summer season. For more information on how you can get started visit or call the company at 800/763-4348 FREE.


Canada Loves Italian Ice

Hi Dennis

Hello from Canada.  We finally got started after jumping through many hoops to get licensed in Calgary. We are operating in the downtown core in an area called Stephen Avenue Mall -an outside location.  I thought you might want to read a review that was written about us.

Although we have only been operating for a very short time my wife and I have

Canada Loves Italian Ice

Canada Loves Italian Ice

totally enjoyed all aspects of this business.  Your product has been well received with many compliments and the phrase used most often is “very refreshing”.

Children and tourists love getting their pictures taken with their blue and red tongues – its really quite funny to watch.

The cart is amazing and after a full day out in the hot sun we still come back with frozen ice.

See the link below:

Full Article here:

While watching the final hours of the London Summer Olympics on Stephen Ave,  I was able to enjoy a somewhat international treat I had only heard about before and is now available on Stephen Avenue.

While I have had all manner of Popsicles, sno-cones, sorbets, gelatos, and ice
creams, I had never in my 26 years had an Italian ice. Described as being half way between gelato and a sno-cone, Italian ice is a staple of the summertime in cities like New York and New jersey, where a historically dense Italian population gave rise to the treat. Sold either from trucks or push-cart,
the treat has a long history of delighting children on boardwalks, playground, and sporting events.

In addition to being the top frozen treat on the eastern seaboard, Italian Ices have the fortunate distinction of being free of dairy, fat, cholesterol and high fructose corn syrup. That’s right, for those who are sensitive to dairy, or are watching their cholesterol can rest a littler easier knowing that there is a delicious way to beat that heat, that won’t set your stomach in to a tizzy.

The ices come in several flavours including Cherry, Lemon, Blue Raspberry and Green Apple and tou should be able to spot anyone who’s tried these delicious treats on Stephen Avenue by their distinctively brightly coloured tongues like our hosts Victoria and Nicola shown above.

Keep an eye out for Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice on Stephen Avenue (8th ave
between Olympic Plaza and 3rd street SW) for the rest of the summer!


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.


Italian Ice Weather Forecast

Great Italian ice weather in New Jersey in June 2011!

They are already closing the schools 24 hours ahead of time because of the record setting heat that is being predicted. Story here is from the Newark Star Ledger

italian ice heat

Italian ice heat

Temperatures climbed into the mid- and upper-90s in New Jersey, prompting city and school officials to take precautions against the heat.

Some schools ended classes at noon today, including the North Plainfield School District where officials decided to shorten school today and Thursday, said Marilyn Birnbaum, district superintendent.

“I know yesterday people were very happy that we made that decision. I think people really stress out over the heat,” she said shortly before classes let out today. Newark issued a heat advisory today and advised people to seek air-conditioned shelter during the day’s hottest hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The city set up several cooling centers for residents to take refuge from the heat. “I urge our senior citizens and Newark residents who lack air conditioning to come to one of our cooling centers, where they can find relief during this hot spell,” Newark Mayor Cory Booker said in a news release. The reason for these unseasonably high temperatures is a high-pressure system that’s sitting over much of the Eastern United States. Other systems aren’t moving through, meaning the heat lingers. Thursday will see similarly high temperatures throughout the state, and some cities will climb close to 99 degrees, said Lauren Nash, a National Weather Service meteorologist. “But Friday we’ll get a break — it’ll be 90,” Nash said. Libraries and community center in Woodbridge and Perth Amboy became cooling centers today as municipal leaders sought was to cool off their residents, and head off any health problems from the near-record breaking heat. In Woodbridge, town officials said residents could escape the heat in eight air-conditioned buildings, including the community center, four libraries, senior centers and town hall. Any residents without air condition or transportation should call the Division on Aging “Beat the Heat” program at (732) 855-0600, ext. 5023, or the township police at (732) 634-7700 for assistant. The township is loaning fans to senior or disabled residents without access to cooling devices. In Perth Amboy, the Jankowski Community Center on 1 Olive Street, and the city library at 196 Jefferson St, will be open until 5 p.m., and the gymnasium at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA at 357 New Brunswick Ave. will be open until 9:45 p.m. Residents can get information about the centers by calling (732) 826-0290, ext 4006. Newark cooling sites: Bethany Senior Center — (973) 733-5739
275 W. Market Street
Newark, New Jersey 07103 Friendly Senior Center — (973) 733-5748
89 Lincoln Street, Box 2H
Newark, New Jersey 07103 Grace West Senior Center — (973) 733-5740
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Newark, New Jersey 07108 Ironbound Senior Center — (973) 424-4101
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226 Rome Street
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Virginia’s Richmond Times-Dispatch

Click here to read full story: Enjoying some last-minute fun before school starts.

Excerpt:  “At the South of the James Market at Forest Hill Park, Mark Abernathy from Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice of Carytown served the masses. It was the busiest day all season, and by noon, Abernathy had already sold more than 125 ices.

Sydnee Voigt, who is visiting her grandchildren from Brazil, was among his customers. Pina colada and watermelon ices went to the kids. “We’re just going to spend Labor Day together as a family,” Voigt said.

As for Abernathy, his plan after work: Head down to his boat on the Chesapeake Bay.”


Enjoying some last-minute fun before school starts

Published: September 6, 2009


Cameras are rolling

ironsides the movie

ironsides the movie

Cameras are rolling on the Lower Cape

Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice will be featured in the upcoming film Ironsides, which just wrapped up filming at Cape Cod last week.

Read the Full Story Here: Cameras are rolling on the Lower Cape

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Students get business lesson

All manner of vendor varieties set up shop at Ypsilanti Township’s Lakeshore Family Festival over the Fourth of July weekend, but perhaps none were younger than those from the Ypsilanti Boys Preparatory Academy.

During Friday afternoon, 10-year-old Keyshaun Wyatt-Morris and 11-year-old Amir Osborn sold Italian Ice from a “Little Jimmy’s Italian Ices” cart the school had bought, which the students were running with guidance from their headmaster, Lawrence Hood.

The business is a small part of an unconventional school curriculum which Hood, and those parents who send their children to the school, believe is giving their kids an edge on education as they grow up.

“This helps show them what it means to be in business for themselves,” Hood said of the Italian Ice cart.

Osborn said it his first taste of a real world operation, and he is learning a lot from it.

“You have got to be professional with people,” Osborn said.

The school first opened its doors two years ago inside the Ypsilanti Free Methodist Church, but has since moved to a new building on Walnut Street where 50 kids in the preschool through seventh-grade ages are now enrolled.

“Our parents really love the program,” Hood, who has only used word of mouth as marketing and advertising, said. “To go from five students to 50 students in a couple years with no advertising kind of speaks for itself. We don’t cater to one type of student – some of our students are at-risk and some are gifted and talented. We have the whole gamut, and our at risk students have had great success.”

Wyatt-Morris said he saw his grades go from B’s and C’s in public schools to A’s and B’s at the Ypsilanti Boys Preparatory Academy because the classes are more engaging.

“We really go above and beyond what they teach in other schools,” he said. “We have karate class instead of gym…classes that show what makes a man.”

Students dress in a shirt and tie, take karate instead of physical education to learn more about self-discipline, take piano lessons, and Osborn and Wyatt-Morris wrote their own business plans before applying what they learned to the real world with their Italian Ice operation.

Students also prepare themselves for the future in an intensive digital arts program that includes graphic design, video editing and music production.

The six-week “Passports To Manhood” through the Boys and Girls’ Club immersed the students in the digital arts, and Hood believes his students have received valuable preparation for growing fields.

“It’s a pretty unique program,” he said and added that it was such a success that it will be part of the curriculum for the next school year.

Students at the Academy also participate in community service programs once week. In a program through the University of Michigan, students visit with elderly people who have dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and do arts and crafts and music classes.

“It goes really, really well,” Hood said.

The students get their fair share of math, science and reading, but Hood believes it’s the delivery that affords them an opportunity to blossom where a traditional environment may not.

“Some students who come here have behavior problems, but once they get here their setting is really different and expectations are different and they respond really well,” Hood said. “The lessons are designed as a more hands-on approach, and with them being engaged in activity and learning throughout the day we see less opportunity for outbursts.

“Basically, they’re learning everything they need to know to become successful young men.”

For more information, contact Lawrence Hood at 1-734-330-4466.

Tom Perkins is a freelance writer for the View/Courier. He can be reached at

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Sugar – Always have always will!

Interesting report from Minnesota Public Radio…reminds me that Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice has never used corn syrup in our Italian Ices and never will… we have been using pure cane sugar in our Italian ices now for close to 75 years!

Click here to read the story and listen to their recent radio report –

MPR: Sugar and corn syrup battle for tastebuds.

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