A 12-year-old boy working in Florida selling snow cones is learning about business and life.


A 12-year-old boy working in Florida selling snow cones is learning about business and life. Dreyton McDonald is aware of his uniqueness and enjoys it.

The 12-year-old responded courteously to NPR, “I think you can say, I’m a businessman, ma’am.”

And he has been doing so for a while.

He recalled that when he was nine years old, his father, Dominic McDonald, presented him with a choice: “My dad told me to choose between selling doughnuts or selling snow cones and I didn’t want to sell doughnuts,” he stated.

The senior McDonald then left to purchase for his son a 14 by 8-foot trailer that had been transformed into a mobile snow cone stand called Ice Ice Dreyton. In Ocala, Florida, where Dreyton and his father reside, the trailer is set up at parks and special events on the weekends.

In reality, he makes all the decisions; I just drive and set up the generator, according to McDonald.

That means Dreyton is in charge of creating the snow cones as well as selecting the varieties to offer (his favorites are cotton candy and dreamsicle), attracting customers, and handling all of the money.

Dreyton responded, “Making sure the clients are delighted with their snow cones and are satisfied with the payment they made,” when asked what his favorite aspect of the work is.

Part of the motivation for his father, who owns a massage therapy practice, to open the snow cone stand was to give Dreyton a sense of belonging in Ocala, where he moved after McDonald was granted full custody of him. But it also resulted from a need.

McDonald revealed, “I’m a single father.” “I wanted him to learn he also has to give,” I said. “It’s hard to get by.”

The fact that it also keeps his son engaged in productive activities is beneficial.

McDonald remarked, “I wanted something to keep him and his friends out of trouble. “If I can assist him and his classmates achieve that, then means I’m helping other families and that’s what I’m about,” the woman said. “It’s a method they can generate money so they can buy themselves stuff they need or want, like school supplies or toys or games, shoes, whatever.”

Dreyton claimed that he enjoys being in charge and working with his friends.

After giving it some thought, he declared, “I think I’m a decent boss,” before adding, “That’s what my friends say.”

He also likes how autonomous everything is.

In one of his more talkative times, he added, “It feels nice to know I have my own money and that I can buy items I want but also my dad is saving money for me.

The majority of the earnings are being saved by McDonald’s for Dreyton’s college expenses or a potential future business endeavor. There are currently a few thousand dollars in the bank, but the now seventh-grader will have much more by the time he or she graduates from high school, the man continued.

That is not to imply that McDonald’s doesn’t occasionally indulge his son.

Dreyton recently spent a lot of money on a sought pair of Nike Air Jordans as well as new school clothing.

Dreyton exclaimed joyfully, “They were $150!” It’s the priciest thing he’s ever bought.

If he could, Dreyton claimed he would put in more hours. But due to his busy schedule with school and basketball practice, he can only participate in “snow cones that make people happy” school night events on the weekends.

He claimed that he had undoubtedly inherited his father’s sense of adventure. Now, the two discuss starting a storefront that he would run at night and his dad would manage during the day. And he wants to eventually branch out beyond shaved ice.

This year, I’m taking a cooking class at school, so maybe I’ll pick up some cooking tips and start selling food as well, he added.