As a mini donut vendor, wanted to clear up some items... Sun Spot makes and sells mini donuts at fairs, festivals and farmers markets. Presently I work out of a booth, though planning to move into a 'mobile booth' for quicker set-up and take-down in the coming months (not a food truck, I'm not rich).
I have a Lil Orbits machine. When I use the 1200 (the small machine) I can run it all by myself and not use any help. When I run the 2400 (the big machine, I have a propane one), I do need help just because it takes two people to move it into the van I transport it in. At some events I add coffee/hot chocolate/tea during the colder months and fresh squeezed lemonade when it is warmer outside.
I don't make boatloads of money. The numbers that Lil Orbits posts on their website is hooey (not at all accurate is a nicer way of saying it). However, in the mini donut business repeat customers make a huge part of my business. So if they aren't getting a warm/hot delicious mini donut that is freshly made, they won't come back. When I do multi-day events, or come back to the same venue week after week, my customer base grows. The aroma is part of it, and seeing the machine at work is part of it (I have it at the front of the booth behind a plexi-glass screen). But the hot oil is the scariest part of the business. And I do have to have a limited food permit, where coffee is 'exempt' in our area.
What did you decide to do?
<message edited by Sun Spot on Mon, 08/12/13 4:46 PM>