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Kelly and Scott Seidl enjoy a family moment with daughter Nora outside the Oviedo location. A new baby will join the ice cream empire in February.
Kelly and Scott Seidl enjoy a family moment with daughter Nora outside the Oviedo location. A new baby will join the ice cream empire in February. (Karina Kistler / Courtesy photo)

Chickens and waffle cones? Seems likely, as Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream is expanding its empire into downtown Oviedo.

Everything about them is expanding, in fact, but the Seidl family will take it in stride.

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That’s kind of how its been since this homegrown business broke out of their living room and into Orlando’s local farmers markets back in 2015. Since then, Kelly Seidl and her husband Scott have been on a wild evolutionary ride from food truck to brick-and-mortar to a second location.

Expansion in the form of daughter Nora, now 2, happened in the middle of all that.

Now, this not-quite-former ER nurse (incredibly, Kelly still works one shift a week at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children) is not only expecting child No. 2, but business No. 3.

Clockwise from blue ice cream: Cookie Monster, Nut Roll, Mexican Chocolate and Apple Butter Crunch. Cookie Monster and Mexican chocolate are perennial flavors. Nut roll (sweet cream ice cream blended with caramel and layered with dulce de leche and roasted salted peanuts) and Apple Butter Crunch (brown sugar spiced apple ice cream with swirls of apple butter and crunchy cinnamon sugar bits) only show up a couple of times a year.
Clockwise from blue ice cream: Cookie Monster, Nut Roll, Mexican Chocolate and Apple Butter Crunch. Cookie Monster and Mexican chocolate are perennial flavors. Nut roll (sweet cream ice cream blended with caramel and layered with dulce de leche and roasted salted peanuts) and Apple Butter Crunch (brown sugar spiced apple ice cream with swirls of apple butter and crunchy cinnamon sugar bits) only show up a couple of times a year. (Karina Kistler / Courtesy photo)

They’re super excited to bring their homemade wares into Seminole County.

“We wanted something a little farther away because our shops are relatively close to one another,” Seidl says. “We always look for something that’s family-friendly, something with residential areas around it. This shop is going to be in an older part of Oviedo.”

Older, yes, but the small downtown has been retooling itself in recent years as Oviedo’s population has grown. To many, Kelly’s will seem an ideal add — in a prime location adjacent to the town’s long-beloved Town House Restaurant, as well as the Cross Seminole Trail — that could finally spark a greater influx of independently-owned eateries in an area that’s ripe for them.

To serve divine: Kelly Seidl has been scooping since she was 16.
To serve divine: Kelly Seidl has been scooping since she was 16. (Karina Kistler / Courtesy photo)

“We’ve never found our locations in a traditional way,” says Seidl, laughing.

They turned down what became their original store’s Audubon Park location on first offer, as they’d just started up with the truck. “The timing wasn’t right, but when it was — the shop was still available,” she explains.

Seidl spied their second, in Fern Creek, for the first time while running past it during a half-marathon about five years ago.

“It looked like the perfect spot,” she remembers. It’s been thriving for two years now. “For us it seems it’s always been about being thoughtful in our choices and our timing.”

Speaking of, Seidl expects to be scooping in the new shop by the first week of December (keep an eye on Kelly’s social media accounts for details). Indoor and outdoor seating — Seidl is excited about a roll-up door feature for fresh air during the cooler months — and 26 standard flavors await, along with monthly specials.

Seidl’s favorite, for a little trivia, is chocolate peanut butter brownie. Mine is the Mexican chocolate. But there are recipes where you can combine two to make something entirely different. Add chocolate peanut butter brownie to the blondie, for example, and you get the ever-popular Dirty Blonde. Cake batter plus strawberry? Strawberry shortcake.

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Locals will doubtless find their own combinations, as well, as they get used to having artisan ice cream right their backyard — along with those famous chickens.

“Oviedo is a great fit for us,” says Seidl. “The perfect balance — a nice community setting where people can come and enjoy ice cream.”

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Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream

  • Oviedo: 119 N. Central Avenue
  • Audubon Park: 3114 Corrine Drive in Orlando; 407-790-7257
  • Fern Creek: 1817 South Fern Creek Avenue in Orlando; 407-601-6422; kellyshomemadeicecream.com/

Want to reach out? Find me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (@amydroo) or on the OSFoodie Instagram account (@orlando.foodie). Email: [email protected].

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