Middlesbrough retailer Bay Bashir has hailed the impact of a Slush Puppie Tango Ice Blast machine in one of his stores.

Earlier this year Bay introduced a Tango Ice Blast machine in his Lifestyle Express store in Billingham, and sales have taken off.

“In a four-week period it took £6,200, with a 200% margin – and that was while it was snowing. Imagine what it will be like in the summer!

“We’re located near a school and people go crazy for the product – which is £2.75 for a small and £3.75 for a large drink. It’s a big craze here – you see them in cinemas.”

He is about to introduce the gas-powered machines in his two other stores in Middlesbrough.