We’ve had pod coffee, pod juices, pod lipstick, pod weed, pod cocktails, pod cookies, pod tortillas, and a lot extra because of the VC- and Kickstarter-backed rise of pod applied sciences lately. Now, we’re lastly attending to the good things: pod-based ice cream.
A brand new gadget known as the ColdSnap, spotted by Gizmodo, can take pods crammed with some unknown elements and switch them into soft-serve ice cream on demand. Whereas ice cream is the ColdSnap’s primary promoting level, the corporate additionally plans to supply frozen yogurt pods, frozen espresso pods, frozen smoothie pods, frozen “wholesome shakes” pods, and slushie pods.
There may even be frozen cocktail pods, which the corporate might wish to contemplate promoting extra prominently.
Principally, although, the gadget is being pitched as an ice cream machine for households. The corporate can also be planning to launch a enterprise model geared toward firms that both wish to provide staff a perk (I wouldn’t say no to free ice cream) or promote ice cream in widespread areas like a cafeteria or lodge foyer.
Like each pod-based gadget, there are apparent drawbacks. Ice cream, it seems, may be readily bought at most shops that promote meals, and fashionable fridges usually have a discrete space devoted to storing and preserving frozen merchandise for indefinite durations of time, all of which can obviate the necessity for a devoted ice cream machine at dwelling. It additionally appears to be like pretty giant, so that you’d want loads of counter area.
There’s no phrase but on how a lot the machine or pods will price. The machine is meant to start out delivery within the second quarter of 2021.
Aside from pod-based espresso machines, pod-based meals haven’t been fairly as explosively well-liked as many firms have hoped. Juicero lasted barely greater than a 12 months, and Flatev, which promised to make tortilla pods, might not have made it past Kickstarter.
ColdSnap isn’t the primary firm to discover the thought of pod-based frozen desserts, both. One other firm explored frozen yogurt pods in 2017, and LG explored pod-based ice cream, frozen yogurt, custard, sorbet, gelato, and extra in 2019.
At this level, it’s arduous to think about ColdSnap faring higher than the remainder of the pod crowd. If Dippin’ Dots are the ice cream of the long run, ColdSnap could be the ice cream of our pod-obsessed current.