It all started with an idea hatched in the home office. The guys and gals who call the shots thought it would be good for all of us to get some hands-on experience behind the counter at a Tasti D-Lite store. So, Marketing Coordinator Jade Fox and Graphic Designer Kristen Gathany joined me (the Social and Digital Marketing Coordinator, Katherine Gosney) at Tasti D-Lite West End in Nashville, Tenn., for some behind-the-scenes action.
Once we got there, the store manager, Billy Ryan, showed us how to make French Vanilla Tasti, which is the base for half of the flavors. Dutch Chocolate is the base for the other half of our flavors. It all starts with the basics. Once you have the French Vanilla and Dutch Chocolate loaded into the soft serve machines, you can make anything!
In addition to the two base flavors, there were four other flavors on tap. The Bananas Foster was to die for; it tasted like a real banana! Billy had the three of us practice swirling Tasti into different size cups until we were pros… or at least semi-pros. There is a specific rhyme and reason to how you swirl it so that you can give the customer the correct amount of Tasti. Then, top away!
After we perfected our swirls, we learned how to make custom blends, milkshakes, smoothies and coffee beverages! Kristen decided to make Blueberry Cheesecake for her custom blend. Man, oh man. If you haven’t tried that—do it! We then made the Oreos® ‘n Cream milkshake, and that was another grand slam.
We served a few customers, and before we knew it, our Day at Tasti was over. We learned a lot about our products, interacted with our amazing customers and just had a lot of fun. Needless to say, it was a D-Litefully successful day at Tasti D-Lite West End.