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Ice Cream Franchises

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Investments

$274,500 – $735,000

Franchise fee

$30,000

Launched in 2008, 16 Handles was New York's first self-serve pay-by-weight frozen yogurt shop and is still #1 in the city. We give our customers complete and total control over their creation with 16 different frozen yogurts and over 50 different toppings, with a menu offering products like Fro-Yo Cakes, Mega Mixes (take home pints), Toppings to Go, Fro-Yo Sandwiches, Whip-Ups, Waffle Bowls and Cones, Fruit Smoothies, Fro-Yo Hot Cocoa, and more!
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Investments

$247,990 – $470,300

Franchise fee

$30,000

Yogurt Mountain is a leading operator and franchisor of self-serve frozen dessert establishments. Fun, energetic and friendly, each Yogurt Mountain location offers a variety of high quality ever-changing frozen dessert flavors, an assortment of over 60 exciting toppings as well as other dessert accompaniments; all of which tempt the self-serve guest to explore their creative side and imaginatively tailor their YOMO experience with each visit.
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Investments

$229,000 – $366,600

Franchise fee

$30,000

Daddy O’Brien’s opened its doors in January of 2017 in Sugar Hill, Georgia. The operating unit has since become the hottest new destination in Metro Atlanta, offering national award-winning homemade premium alcohol-infused ice creams as well as family-friendly flavors with the flare and style of the modern day.
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Investments

$528,500 – $1,387,500

Franchise fee

$32,000

Andy's Frozen Custard has always been fanatical about custard, and has served it with pride since March 19, 1986. For more than three decades, only the freshest ingredients have been used for a frozen custard experience you can’t get anywhere else.
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Investments

$93,550 – $401,800

Franchise fee

$25,000

As a teenager in the 1930s, Irv Robbins managed an ice cream shop in Tacoma, Washington. Bored with serving traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla, Robbins began experimenting by mixing fruit and candy into the ice cream. After serving in World War II, Robbins bought an ice cream parlor in Glendale, California. Three years later, he convinced his brother-in-law, Burt Baskin, to join the business. The two men flipped a coin to see whose name would go first on the sign. Baskin won, and in 1945, Baskin-Robbins was born.
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Investments

$217,000 – $458,400

Franchise fee

$35,000

Our gelato on a stick is a fun concept and is all natural, easy to eat, and customizable to your own individual choice. A kid-friendly treat which is easily replicable, yet freshly made daily on site to provide an eventful, personalized and memorable experience. Popbar offers a timeless product that caters to all demographics. Owning your own Popbar location will give you the opportunity to grow into a successful and continuously expanding brand in your own market.
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Investments

$94,500 – $435,850

Franchise fee

$20,000

Mora’s ice cream has been enchanting guests and garnering praise since we first opened our doors. With a high-quality product, an efficient business model and the full support of a passionate franchise team, this is an opportunity you'll want to savor.
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Investments

$191,000 – $535,000

Franchise fee

$30,000

In 2010, Jimmy and Gus Shamieh led the Shamieh family in opening the first location in Berkeley, California. Working the store from open to close, the Shamieh family started serving happiness one ice cream sandwich at a time.
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Investments

$116,680 – $310,100

Franchise fee

$30,000

Waffy’s is a unique fast casual food concept that focuses on the world of Belgian waffle with a new twist to it. Our menu offers an array of Belgian waffles that can be enjoyed at any time of the day with both sweet and savory options.
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Investments

$564,500 – $888,000

Franchise fee

$50,000

A sweet experience for all ages, Schwietert's is a family-owned ice cream, candy and confectionary store based in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Founded in 1985 and offering a wide selection of homemade fudge, chocolates, espresso/coffees, retro candies and sodas in a vibrant, exciting environment, the second-generation business offers complete turnkey franchise opportunities in 23 states.
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Investments

$322,000

Franchise fee

$25,000

In 1980, Mrs. Betty Vhay became the new owner of Applegate Farm. In an effort to oversee all aspects of the business the Vhay family moved into the original farmhouse.
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Investments

$40,250 – $110,500

Franchise fee

$15,000

Growing up, hot summer nights, hoping that tonight the family would go out for ice cream. It-s what inspired our family to create Sweet Pea homemade ice cream.
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Investments

$160,950 – $593,900

Franchise fee

$15,000 - $60,000

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Investments

$193,500 – $466,000

Franchise fee

$30,000

Daniel Kim opened the first Red Mango store in 2007, near the University of California in Los Angeles and quickly began franchising the frozen yogurt shop. Red Mango's menu has since expanded to include fruit smoothies, cold-squeezed juices, salads, wraps and other light fare in addition to its all-natural frozen yogurts, which are available in original tart or a rotating variety of other flavors, and with a variety of fruit, nut and other toppings.
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Investments

$285,700 – $512,500

Franchise fee

$25,000

di’lishi is the creation of Marlo Francis from Asheboro, NC. Her first experience with frozen yogurt came after her son told her about discovering the self-serve concept in a neighboring state when he left for college – and he was eager for her to try it when she planned her next visit.
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Investments

$164,518 – $542,738

Franchise fee

$30,000

First sold exclusively in New York City gourmet shops, Häagen-Dazs ice cream started distribution in 1961. As word grew, the first franchises opened in the mid-1970s. Häagen-Dazs ice cream is distributed in more than 50 countries with shops in more than 600 locations.
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Investments

$250,600 – $415,500

Franchise fee

$30,000

In 1934 Tom Carvel opened his first ice cream shop in Hartsdale, New York. Over the years, he developed formulas and equipment for creating and serving his ice cream. The company started franchising in 1947, and by 1951 had opened 100 stores.
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Investments

$218,325 – $385,158

Franchise fee

$40,000

Menchie's shops offer self-serve frozen yogurt in 100 rotating flavors, including low carb, no sugar added, dairy free, nonfat, gluten free, and kosher options. Founders Danna and Adam Caldwell came up with the company's name from the nickname Adam gave when they were dating. They opened their first store in Los Angeles in 2007, and began franchising a year later.
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Investments

$240,000 – $478,450

Franchise fee

$30,000

Forever Yogurt first opened in June of 2010, and catapulted instantly to become the leading frozen yogurt provider in Chicago. We are an aggressive company, in touch with the young society, and we possess the social marketing and media demands required to grow in this industry. We will continue with an aggressive national and international expansion plan.
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Investments

$121,500 – $153,500

Franchise fee

$39,500

When Edgar Schaked graduated from Florida International University in Miami with a degree in mechanical engineering, he told his father he didn’t want to be an engineer, he wanted to be a chocolate maker. Schaked’s father, Baruch, had been making chocolates for more than 25 years, working in a chocolate factory in the family’s native Argentina, studying different techniques throughout Europe, and opening his own shop in Miami.
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Investments

$201,475 – $382,167

Franchise fee

$25,000

After years of research, mobile operations, and proving the concept in local farmers markets, Gelato Gourmet first opened in 2015 in Weston, Florida. The philosophy was simple; to produce gelato and sell it in the same day, so it would not need any artificial ingredients or preservatives
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Investments

$310,842 – $615,145

Franchise fee

$35,000

The first Pinkberry opened in West Hollywood in 2005, and the company began franchising the next year, expanding primarily in Southern California and New York at first. Pinkberry now has locations throughout the country and around the world, serving both frozen and fresh Greek yogurts with a variety of toppings, along with yogurt smoothies and shakes.
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Investments

$155,000 – $381,000

Franchise fee

$30,000

Jerry Hancock used his background in chemistry to develop a method of flash-freezing ice cream using liquid nitrogen. He and wife Naomi opened the first Sub Zero Ice Cream in Orem, Utah, in 2004, using this technology to offer customers the chance to customize their ice cream by choosing their milk base, flavors, mix-ins and texture. Sub Zero also offers a liquid nitrogen science education program that can be brought to schools.
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Investments

$234,000 – $423,260

Franchise fee

$30,000

The first Tasti D-Lite opened in New York in 1987, selling a dairy-based soft serve frozen dessert with fewer calories and carbs than most frozen yogurts and ice creams. Stores offer a rotating selection of over 100 self-serve flavors. In 2007, the company was acquired by a private equity firm, Snow Phippps Group. The headquarters was moved to Franklin, Tennessee, and new CEO James Amos, Jr., (former CEO of Mail Boxes Etc.) began franchising nationwide in 2008.
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Investments

$301,194 – $533,709

Franchise fee

$35,000

Morano Gelato is a small New England-based company dedicated to promoting the art of gelato-making through its production of authentic Italian gelato in small, concentrated batches.
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TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

A 2016 Harris poll says that ice cream is in the top three of America’s top three comfort foods. And that is easy to understand: we all have sweet childhood memories that related to this sweet. The other reason is the variability of frozen desserts. Besides numerous flavors and toppings, there is a spectrum of desserts themselves: hard and soft ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen custard, gelato, sorbet, shaved ice - to name a few. The frozen dessert industry is also cautious about increasing interest in healthier lifestyles and offers low fat or low sugar, vegan, gluten-free options. 

Choosing what frozen dessert franchise to open can be difficult, considering that there are plenty of alternatives. Some franchises can offer an extended menu, while others focus only on ice cream or frozen yogurt. You can also choose a truck or full-size walk-in location. But what all unites them - frozen dessert is a great indulgence for kids, adults, families, couples on dates, tourists. 

To help you navigate through all of these franchises, we choose the 31 best franchises in the frozen dessert market. But be sure that as a franchisee, you can count on support from the franchisor’s experienced team.

1. Baskin-Robbins

  • Founded: 1945
  • Franchising since: 1948
  • Initial investment: $93,550 – $401,800
  • Initial franchise fee: $25,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 5,9%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $250,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $125,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Baskin-Robbins franchise is a result of merging ice-cream businesses of brothers-in-law Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins. Now the franchise can be found in 49 countries. Franchised restaurants sell the company's famous 31 flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt, and related frozen products. The franchise model includes flexible location options, world-class training and support, and a national advertising program. 

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2. Dairy Queen

  • Founded: 1940
  • Franchising since: 1944
  • Initial investment: $1,083,525 – $1,850,425
  • Initial franchise fee: $35,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 4%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $750,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $400,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Dairy Queen is famous for its ice cream, today added to its menu hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken strips. The franchise is one of the largest food systems in the world, having over 6,500 locations in 27 countries. With more than 80 years of experience, the franchisor provides comprehensive training and support.

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3. Kona Ice

  • Founded: 2010
  • Franchising since: 2010
  • Initial investment:  $15,000 – $30,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Kona Ice offers shaved ice and ice cream in its proprietary Kona Ice truck. Franchisees often become partners with schools, teams and bring their trucks to events like birthday parties and company picnics. The franchisor has four formats of Kona Entertainment Vehicle (KEV). Most of the franchisees purchase a second unit within two years.

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4. Culver 

  • Founded: 1984
  • Franchising since: 1988
  • Initial investment: $1,815,000 – $4,273,000
  • Initial franchise fee:  $55,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 4%
  • Liquid Cash Requirement:$350,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

In 1984 Second-generation restaurateur Craig Culver opened his own restaurant Culver's Frozen Custard, with the menu inspired by the founder's family. The menu includes burgers, sandwiches, salads, dinners, frozen custard desserts, beverages. Culver’s restaurants have on-site consumption,  drive-thru, carryout options. The franchise owner-operators engaged in their business daily and committed to founding principles of hospitality, quality, freshness.

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5. Cold Stone Creamery

  • Founded: 1988
  • Franchising since: 1994
  • Initial investment: $50,200 – $467,525
  • Initial franchise fee: $10,000 - $27,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 6%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $250,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $100,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Cold Stone Creamery was founded as a result of searching for perfect ice cream. The franchise offers freshly-made ice cream customized with fruits, nuts, and cookies and presented on the famous frozen granite stone. The franchisor will provide training and ongoing support, including business planning, marketing and PR. Previous experience in the food industry is not required. 

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6. Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

  • Founded: 2002
  • Franchising since: 2004
  • Initial investment:$592,810 – $1,999,117
  • Initial franchise fee: $25,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee:4.5% 
  • Net-Worth Requirement:  $850,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement:  $250,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

In 2002, the first Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers was opened in Wichita, Kansas, by restaurateur Scott Redler and brothers Bill & Randy Simon. The franchise location serves as its name implies steakburgers and frozen custard in a retro-designed interior. The franchisor has long-term relationships with vendors. Comprehensive training that includes everything from food prep to hospitality will be provided for all franchisees.

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7. The Haagen-Dazs Shoppe

  • Founded: 1961
  • Franchising since: 1977
  • Initial investment: $164,518 – $542,738
  • Initial franchise fee: $30,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 4%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $200,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $80,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

New York-born franchise Häagen-Dazs Shop sells branded frozen desserts: ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet in more than 50 countries. The franchise shops must be located in a storefront, mall, or strip center. 

The franchisor provides training, online tools for franchisees, and marketing support. The candidate must be committed to provide exceptional customer experience and be a team player.

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 8. Dippin' Dots

  • Founded: 1988
  • Franchising since: 1999
  • Initial investment: $112,204 – $366,950
  • Initial franchise fee: $15,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: Varies
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $250,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $80,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Dippin' Dots sells innovative flash-frozen tiny beads of ice cream, yogurt, flavored ice, and sherbet. The company offers a Territory Franchise model that has three main revenue streams: зre-packaged ice cream sales to local businesses, event sales, retail cart sales at high traffic locations. Franchise owners will have operational training, regional field support, marketing guidance from the franchisor. 

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9. Popbar 

  • Founded: 2010
  • Franchising since: 2010
  • Initial investment: $217,000 – $458,400
  • Initial franchise fee: $35,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 6%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $300,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $80,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

A popular concept is customized gelato on a stick loved by all ages. There are two types of franchise locations: 1,000 square feet full-size shops with seating and 600 square feet in-line shops/kiosks. The franchisor has single, multi-unit, and area developers options. Managerial skills for franchise owners will be helpful. Experience in food-related industries is not required, thanks to comprehensive training and ongoing support.  

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10. Ben & Jerry's

  • Founded: 1977
  • Franchising since: 1981
  • Initial investment: $152,185 – $504,300
  • Initial franchise fee: $37,000 (traditional); $16,000 (special venue)

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Ben & Jerry's franchise network offers the brand's famous ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, smoothies, shakes, including flavors that are only available in franchise shops. The franchise has four store options from 200 to 2,000 sq. ft. that can fit at any location. Becoming a franchisee,  you not only join a well-known brand but also will have support with site selection, design, business reviews, mystery shopper, and benchmarking. Franchise candidates must have a minimum of 10 years of restaurant/retail management or business ownership experience. 

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11. Rita's Italian Ice

  • Founded: 1984
  • Franchising since: 1989
  • Initial investment: $150,500 – $440,900
  • Initial franchise fee:$30,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 6.5%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $300,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $100,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

The core products of Rita's Italian Ice are Italian ice and frozen custard. The franchise has four models: a walk-in store, a walk-up store, mobile or special venue. Depending on geographical location and market analysis, some franchisees can be open only in high season. Both single and multi-unit operations are available. 

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12. Carvel Ice Cream

  • Founded: 1934
  • Franchising since: 1947
  • Initial investment: $250,600 – $415,500
  • Initial franchise fee: $30,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: $2.33/gallon
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $400,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $120,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Carvel Ice Cream is a retail ice cream franchise. The franchise has flexible site options that can fit in most locations, including stadiums and supermarkets. The franchisor will provide training, development, operational support, and help with local store marketing and product development. 

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13. Bruster's® Real Ice Cream

  • Founded: 1989
  • Franchising since: 1993
  • Initial investment: $270,200 – $1,324,000
  • Initial franchise fee:$30,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 5%
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $80,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Bruster's Real Ice Cream shops offer on-site homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, sherbet, and sorbet in a wide range of flavors. The franchise suits multi-unit operations and has different walk-up service options: inline, endcap, or freestanding store. The franchisor's team will provide all kinds of support, from site selection and comprehensive training to individual support after the opening. 

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14. Pinkberry Ventures

  • Founded: 2005
  • Franchising since: 2006
  • Initial investment: $310,842 – $615,145
  • Initial franchise fee: $35,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 6%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $400,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $200,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Pinkberry Ventures specializes in fresh and frozen yogurt with a variety of toppings. The franchise stores also serve yogurt smoothies and shakes. The franchise executive team experienced success with different store formats in different countries. The franchisor will help with market planning, store design, launch, and store operation. The potential franchise owner must have leadership skills and a desire to provide excellent customer service. 

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15. Sub Zero

  • Founded: 2004
  • Franchising since: 2005
  • Initial investment: $155,000 – $381,000
  • Initial franchise fee: $30,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 6%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $300,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $75,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

The franchise was founded by Jerry Hancock, who developed a method of flash-freezing ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Sub Zero shops serve customized ice cream with a variable milk base, flavors, mix-ins. Typically franchise stores are 1,200 square feet. Also, franchisees can visit schools with a liquid nitrogen science education program. The franchisor will provide initial and ongoing training, operational and marketing support. Multi-unit ownership is preferred. 

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16. Mr. Softee

  • Founded: 1956
  • Franchising since: 2000
  • Initial investment: $158,500 – $181,000
  • Initial franchise fee: $7,500
  • Ongoing royalty fee: $3.5K/yr.
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $50,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Mr. Softee has offered ice cream, ice cream floats, ice cream sundaes, and milkshakes from its trucks for over six decades. Trucks give franchisees flexibility with location. The franchisor provides training for operating, speedy delivery of affordable supplies and parts. Many franchise owners become multiple fleet owners. 

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17. Menchie's

  • Founded: 2007
  • Franchising since: 2007
  • Initial investment: $218,325 – $385,158
  • Initial franchise fee: $40,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 6%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $300,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement:$120,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Menchie's serves frozen yogurt and ice cream with a wide range of flavors and has options suitable for special diets like dairy-free, no sugar added, gluten-free, and kosher. The franchise shops are based on a self-serve model. The franchisor is looking for savvy entrepreneurs who are team players and community-oriented. 

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18. Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

  • Founded: 2008
  • Franchising since: 2009
  • Initial investment:$223,000 – $427,500
  • Initial franchise fee: $15,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 4%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $500,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $100,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is a self-serve frozen yogurt franchise where customers can choose from traditional and original flavors, including no-sugar-added, gluten-free, and vegan alternatives. Besides training and webinars, franchisees will also have personalized assistance and access to online resources, for example, a local store marketing portal. Ideal candidates have business ownership or managerial experience; background in quick-service restaurants, sales, marketing is preferred. 

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19. Bahama Buck's

  • Founded: 1989
  • Franchising since: 1993
  • Initial investment: $233,326 – $832,963
  • Initial franchise fee: $29,500
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 6%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $750,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $100,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Bahama Buck's franchise shops serve tropical desserts like shaved ice and island specialties in more than 100 flavors. The franchisor provides support and training, design, operating systems, site selection guidance, hr instructions. Absentee owning is possible if the franchise shop is operated by a qualified general manager. 

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20. Andy's Frozen Custard

  • Founded: 1986
  • Franchising since: 2003
  • Initial investment: $528,500 – $1,387,500
  • Initial franchise fee: $32,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 6%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $2,000,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $500,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Andy's Frozen Custard stores have a modern-retro atmosphere and serve frozen custard desserts. The company operates corporate-owned stores, where they bring to the perfection of operation standards and test innovations. The franchise owners must be ready to commit their time to manage the store. Restaurant ownership or management experience is required. 

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21. Jeremiah's Italian Ice

  • Initial investment: $107,905 – $513,328
  • Initial franchise fee: $15,000 - $35,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee:  6% – 10%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $250,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $100,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Jeremiah's Italian Ice sells a variety of Italian Ice, gelati, and soft ice cream. The franchise site options include free-standing, inline, drive-thru, as well as co-branded and kiosk opportunities. Franchise owners can have additional revenue providing event catering, prepackaged treats & full-service scooping. From day one, the franchisor will provide comprehensive operations training, consistent support.  

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22. Red Mango

  • Founded: 2006
  • Franchising since: 2007
  • Initial investment: $193,500 – $466,000
  • Initial franchise fee: $30,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 6%
  • Net-Worth Requirement:  $350,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement:  $200,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Red Mango is a fruity alternative to a classic breakfast. The franchise café offers frozen yogurt, smoothies, fresh juices, and salads. With increasing customers' concern about healthy food, this franchise is on top. The franchisees will have an opportunity to provide a tasty and healthy lifestyle to customers, while the franchisor will help them with all aspects of the operation.

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23. Yogurtland

  • Founded: 2006
  • Franchising since: 2007
  • Initial investment: $309,316 – $702,046
  • Initial franchise fee: $35,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 6%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $250,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $200,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Yogurtland is a self-serve frozen yogurt franchise that offers healthy yogurt and ice cream with nonfat, low-fat, non-dairy, and no sugar added choices. The franchise has flexible site options that can be discussed with the franchisor’s real estate team. The franchisor has an operational team with wide-ranging expertise that will consult franchise owners. 

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24. Creamistry 

  • Founded: 2013
  • Franchising since: 2014
  • Initial investment: $224,500 – $576,500
  • Initial franchise fee: $40,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 6%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $500,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $300,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Creamistry is a liquid nitrogen ice cream franchise. The franchise shops use natural and organic ingredients for made-to-order ice creams and vegan sorbets. Corporate trainers will provide necessary knowledge about ice cream and store management. The franchisor will also provide support before and after the opening. 

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25. Smoothie Factory

  • Founded: 1996
  • Franchising since: 1997
  • Initial investment:  $226,500 – $343,700
  • Initial franchise fee: $30,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 5% 
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $250,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $100,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

The franchise was started by Olympic athlete James Villasana to provide healthy and delicious food options for athletes. Smoothie Factory serves freshly-made smoothies with natural fruits, cold-squeezed juices, and nutritional supplements. Traditional franchise stores are 800-1,000 square feet, while non-traditional locations like kiosks or food courts in malls can range from 400 to 800 square feet. The franchisor will provide training and ongoing operations support. 

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26. 16 Handles

  • Founded: 2008
  • Franchising since: 2010
  • Initial investment: $274,500 – $735,000
  • Initial franchise fee: $30,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 6%

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

16 Handles has a unique concept that lets them stand out from other frozen yogurt franchises: it’s a self-serve pay-by-weight frozen yogurt shop. The company is eco-conscious and uses biodegradable cups and recyclable spoons. Franchisees will be assisted in all areas: site selection and design, initial equipment purchases, hiring, marketing, and more. Previous experience in management or multi-unit ownership for franchisees is preferred.

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27. Applegate Farm

  • Founded: 1848
  • Franchising since: 1980
  • Initial investment: $322,000
  • Initial franchise fee: $25,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 5%
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $137,650

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Applegate Farm has over 170 years of history of making homemade ice cream and frozen desserts. The franchisor will provide extensive training, operations manual, and comprehensive support from site selection to marketing. Previous restaurant experience will be helpful but not required.

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28. Cauldron Ice Cream

  • Founded: 2015
  • Franchising since: 2016
  • Initial investment: $269,100 – $533,500
  • Initial franchise fee: $40,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 6%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $750,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $300,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Cauldron Ice Cream's concept of outstanding frozen dessert is simple: liquid nitrogen for creamy ice cream + Puffle Cone, inspired by the popular Hong Kong street snack. The franchise rotates and creates new flavors every quarter, so customers never get bored. The franchisor offers training systems and all kinds of support. 

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29. andel's Homemade Ice Cream

  • Founded: 1945
  • Franchising since: 1989
  • Initial investment: $220,000 – $680,000
  • Initial franchise fee: $50,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 6%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $250,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $100,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Handel's Homemade Ice Cream has impressive flavors offering: the franchise menu includes over 100 flavors of ice cream and yogurt, nearly 50 of them serving daily. The franchise ice cream was recognized by National Geographic and Chocolatier Magazine, among others.

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30. Let's Yo!

  • Founded: 2011
  • Franchising since: 2011
  • Initial investment: $355,800 – $548,500
  • Initial franchise fee: $45,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 6%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $500,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $150,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Let's Yo! is a self-service natural frozen yogurt franchise. Each location is equipped with iPads, multiple plasma screen televisions, LCD screens to create a high-tech atmosphere. The franchise shops can be located in retail strip centers and shopping malls in urban and downtown areas. Franchisees will get support throughout the entire process of opening and operation of the location. 

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31. sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt

  • Founded: 2009
  • Franchising since: 2012
  • Initial investment: $221,000 – $439,500
  • Initial franchise fee: $30,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 5%
  • Net-Worth Requirement: $500,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $200,000

TOP-31 Frozen Dessert franchises in USA 2021

Besides frozen yogurt, sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt serves waffle cones, Belgian waffles, bowls, banana splits, and parfaits in a family-friendly environment. The franchise actively participates in community life by supporting local charities. The franchisor will provide comprehensive training, but prior experience in business management, restaurant operation, or multi-unit ownership is preferred. 

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