A McDonald's McFlurry, a commercial mix-in which, in this case, includes Twix
TypeIce cream
Place of originUnited States
Region or stateNew England
Main ingredientsIce cream

A mix-in is a type of dessert made of ice cream and another flavoring such as candy. Mix-in desserts are traditionally sold in an ice cream parlor and are made at the time of ordering. Popular examples of this dessert include Dairy Queen's Blizzard and McDonald's McFlurry.

Product description

A mix-in is a type of dessert made with ice cream and another product that is either blended or folded in.


The concept of mixing in additional flavors at the time of ordering was created by Steve Herrell in 1973. Mr. Herrell founded Steve's Ice Cream, near Boston, where they would crush Heath Bars and other candies or confections and mix them into ice cream. Another term for the concept is "smoosh-ins".[citation needed] His system spread across the industry from his store, and became the model for many other ice cream businesses and desserts.[1][2]


  1. ^ Steve Herrel. "Welcome to Herrells.com!". Herrells.com. Archived from the original on 2007-07-29. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
  2. ^ "Ice cream tales". the Boston Globe. 2006-04-03. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2007-12-21. In 1973 Steve Herrell opened Steve's Ice Cream in Somerville, Massachusetts, serving rich "low-air" ice cream.

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