ice cream franchise

Ice Cream Franchises

Interested in starting your own franchise in the ice cream industry? Browse our franchise opportunities below to get started today.


As a teenager in the 1930s, Irv Robbins managed an ice cream shop in...

Liquid Capital Required: $125,000
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Ben & Jerry’s

Ben & Jerry’s believes business has a responsibility to give back to the community....

Liquid Capital Required: $100,000
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Carvel was created with the Franchises understanding that people always crave a happy escape....

Liquid Capital Required: $140,000 - $300,000
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Cold Stone Creamery

For more than 30 years we’ve served up the finest, freshest ice cream, cakes,...

Liquid Capital Required: $120,000
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Dairy Queen

International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the parent company of...

Liquid Capital Required: $400,000
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Dippin’ Dots Franchising LLC

The Dippin’ Dots story began more than a quarter of a century ago and...

Liquid Capital Required: $80,000
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Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Freddy’s was co-founded in 2002 by Scott Redler, Bill and Randy Simon and named...

Liquid Capital Required: $250,000
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Frios Gourmet Pops

Frios was started in a garage in Gadsden, Alabama. The original owner wanted to...

Liquid Capital Required: $50,000 - $100,000
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Kona Ice

Launched in 2007 as a better alternative to the creepy ice cream truck, Kona...

Liquid Capital Required: $20,000
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Pelican’s SnoBalls

In 2001 the idea of the 13-year old founder Ansley Johnson became a reality,...

Liquid Capital Required: $20,000 - $30,000
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The Haagen-Dazs Shoppe Co. Inc.

For more than 50 years, our passion for crafting the perfect flavors and creamiest...

Liquid Capital Required: $80,000
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Ice Cream Franchises

Ice cream franchises and frozen dessert franchises allow you to create a fun yet innovative business model. Plus, opening your own ice cream business can be very lucrative, especially since everyone enjoys eating various frozen desserts.
When kick-starting a new business, you want to offer a product that the audience craves most. For this reason, opening your own ice cream store is a fantastic business idea. While you may worry that your business won’t perform well during winter, the fact is that people enjoy eating ice cream throughout the year.
From banana splits, sundaes, and all the other scoop ice cream flavors, you’ll have people flocking to your shop to satisfy their sweet tooth. Here we discuss why you should consider investing in an ice cream franchise:

Before you become a franchisee, you should consider the pros of uptaking this franchise opportunity: It's no secret: everyone enjoys eating ice cream. With an array of flavor options, ice cream ensures everyone can find something that matches their taste. By expanding your offerings, you can cater to a broader audience. Add various frozen desserts like ice cream cakes, gelato, sorbet, sherbet, and fast food items like hot dogs, fries, and so on to satisfy hungry customers. One thing you're sure to love about an ice cream franchise is that it's a lot more affordable than other franchises. Becoming an ice cream franchisor requires a low initial franchise fee, a small initial investment, and cheap royalty fees. After that, you can enjoy significant revenue. Another great thing about ice cream franchises is that you get access to a strong support network. Your franchisor will provide you access to initial training, help running advertising campaigns and marketing, selecting your franchise location, and so much more—all at an affordable start-up cost. Leading franchises like Baskin Robbins, Dippin' Dots, Bruster's Real Ice Cream, Rita's Italian Ice, Andy's Frozen Custard, Ben & Jerry's, Dairy Queen, and so on are excellent examples of successful ice cream shops.
Select the best franchise by understanding the various available frozen food franchises: Ice Cream Truck The simplest yet most popular franchising option is purchasing an ice cream truck. This cost-effective mobile solution allows you to travel across areas providing smiles and happiness to people of all ages. Self-Serve Ice Cream An increasingly popular franchising option is a self-serve ice cream franchise. Here, customers operate the machine to fill their containers with their desired soft serve ice cream flavor. Furthermore, they may add sauces, sprinkles, and other quality toppings. They can even choose between a cup and a waffle cone. Ice Cream Parlor Ice cream parlors (like marble slab creamery) typically boast various frozen desserts, including ice creams, milkshakes, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and so much more! In-depth research shows that 64% of the U.S. are interested in discovering flavors from diverse cultures. It means starting an ice cream franchise allows you to bring together communities while serving smiles.