Billerica Startup Invents On Demand "Keurig-Style" Ice Cream Machine

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BILLERICA, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — One family in Billerica has taken household ice cream-making to the next level.

Named "ColdSnap," the machine operates similar to a Keurig, where users insert a single-serve pod for a variety of products like ice cream and frozen yogurt, smoothies, protein shakes, cocktails, and coffee. The appliance then freezes and dispenses the contents after sixty to ninety seconds, ColdSnap's website said.

"ColdSnap pods are made from Aluminum and (unlike plastic) are infinitely recyclable. Because ColdSnap pods are shelf-stable and can be shipped at ambient temperature," the website said.

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It was an idea that came from the home, ColdSnap Founder Matt Fonte said.

"One day my daughters asked if they could invent an ice cream machine, something that would make ice cream at home. When I explained that this existed, they asked me, 'well why don't we have one?'" Fonte said.

According to ColdSnap, Fonte and his two daughters, Sierra and Fiona, decided to swap bedtime stories for brainstorming inventions in journals, one of which was for a better ice cream machine for at home use. The daughters considered a Keurig-style machine that could whip up icy treats within a minute or less, ColdSnap's website said.

Then in 2018, Sigma Phase, Corp. was formed to revolutionize the way frozen confections are made with ColdSnap, their website said.

WBZ's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports.

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