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91 Best Ice Cream Franchises in USA for 2022 (UPDATED RANKINGS)

Here is the top 91 best Ice Cream Franchises you can start in USA:

1. Baskin-Robbins

  • Investments $93,550
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1945
  • Year Franchising Started – 1948
  • Offices – 7982

Franchise details: Baskin-Robbins
Official site

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.
Baskin-Robbins franchise overview

2. Dairy Queen

  • Investments $1,083,525
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1940
  • Year Franchising Started – 1944
  • Offices – 6907

Franchise details: Dairy Queen

Ice cream manufacturer J.F. McCullough was experimenting with a recipe for a new frozen dairy product, stemming from his belief that ice cream tasted better when it was soft and served fresh from the freezer, not frozen solid. With his recipe perfected, McCullough and his son, Alex, convinced one of their customers to hold an introductory sale of the new soft ice cream, and more than 1,600 people showed up to try it.

3. Cold Stone Creamery

  • Investments $50,200
  • Year Brand Started – 1988
  • Year Franchising Started – 1994
  • Offices – 1248

Franchise details: Cold Stone Creamery
Official site

Donald and Susan Sutherland opened the first Cold Stone Creamery in 1988 in Tempe, Arizona. Franchising began in 1994, and the company is now owned by Kahala, which also franchises Blimpie, Surf City Squeeze, TacoTime and other concepts. Each Cold Stone store makes its ice cream fresh daily, and the ice cream is blended by hand with fruits, nuts, candy, cookies and more according to customers' requests.

4. Yogen Fruz

  • Investments $123,179
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1986
  • Year Franchising Started – 1987
  • Offices – 1232

Franchise details: Yogen Fruz
Official site

Brothers Michael and Aaron Serruya started their own frozen yogurt shop, Yogen Fruz, in 1986 in Toronto, Ontario, and began franchising a year later. In 1989, they expanded into the United States and now have locations operating around the world in both traditional and nontraditional locations.
Introducing Yogen Früz

5. A&W

  • Investments $269,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1919
  • Year Franchising Started – 1925
  • Offices – 957

Franchise details: A&W
Official site

A&W is an iconic brand that is experiencing a major renaissance under new franchisee ownership. The A&W Brand is owned by a partnership of international and domestic franchisees, including the National A&W Franchisees Association (NAWFA).

Why is Now a Good Time to Invest in an A&W Franchise

6. Culver

  • Investments $1,815,000
  • Franchise fee $55,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1984
  • Year Franchising Started – 1988
  • Offices – 664

Franchise details: Culver
Official site

After working with his parents in their restaurants, Craig Culver decided it was time to open one for himself. In 1984 Culver, with the help of his wife Lea and parents George and Ruth, transformed the A&W his parents owned since the sixties into Culver's Frozen Custard. Its founder's family inspired the menu for the initial Sauk City, Wisconsin, restaurant. When Culver's mother made hamburgers, she would put a dab of butter on the crown of the hamburger buns before toasting them; something her children felt made them taste better. Today, employees at each Culver's location use the same technique when making their ButterBurgers.

7. Mr. Softee

  • Investments $158,500
  • Franchise fee $7,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1956
  • Year Franchising Started – 2000
  • Offices – 624

Franchise details: Mr. Softee
Official site

Mister Softee has been bringing the very best ice cream and frozen treats to kids and families since 1956. Mister Softee is the largest franchiser of soft ice cream trucks in the United States. This has been achieved through quality truck construction, advertising and most importantly by the efforts of the great people that make up the franchise dealer organization. Mister Softee has over 625 trucks and over 350 franchise dealers operating in 18 states.

8. Rita's Italian Ice

  • Investments $150,500
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1984
  • Year Franchising Started – 1989
  • Offices – 605

Franchise details: Rita's Italian Ice
Official site

In 1984, former firefighter Bob Tumolo opened his first Italian ice store in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, naming it after his wife Rita. His mother helped him make the Italian ice, and his brother John helped him open three more stores over the next three years, all in the Philadelphia area. Customers began asking about how to open their own Rita's Italian Ice, so Tumolo began franchising in 1989. Today the chain offers frozen custard, gelato, milkshakes, frozen drinks, sundaes and other frozen treats in addition to its ices. Argosy Private Equity and MTN Capital acquired Rita's Franchise Company in 2017.
Why Now is a Great Time to Buy a Rita’s Franchise

9. Menchie's

  • Investments $218,325
  • Franchise fee $40,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2007
  • Year Franchising Started – 2008
  • Offices – 496

Franchise details: Menchie's
Official site

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.

The Menchie's Experience

10. Carvel Ice Cream

  • Investments $250,600
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1934
  • Year Franchising Started – 1947
  • Offices – 398

Franchise details: Carvel Ice Cream
Official site

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.
Carvel Ice Cream Commercial (1986)

11. Marble Slab Creamery

  • Investments $293,085
  • Year Brand Started – 1983
  • Year Franchising Started – 1984
  • Offices – 330

Franchise details: Marble Slab Creamery
Official site

Founded in 1983, Marble Slab Creamery offers homemade, superpremium ice cream that's prepared to order on a marble slab, using a variety of mix-ins. In addition to ice cream served in waffle cones, stores also sell smoothies, shakes, sundaes, banana splits and ice cream cakes and pies.

12. Yogurtland

  • Investments $309,316
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2006
  • Year Franchising Started – 2007
  • Offices – 328

Franchise details: Yogurtland
Official site

Korean immigrant Phillip Chang opened the first Yogurtland in Fullerton, California, in 2006 and began franchising just a year later. Yogurtland stores offer self-serve frozen yogurt, with 16 flavors available daily, along with 33 toppings. Customers are charged by the ounce. The company, now based in Irvine, California, has locations in the U.S., Venezuela, Australia, Thailand and Dubai.

13. Red Mango

  • Investments $193,500
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2006
  • Year Franchising Started – 2007
  • Offices – 315

Franchise details: Red Mango
Official site

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.
Red Mango targets lunch with smoothies and parfaits

14. Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

  • Investments $592,810
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2002
  • Year Franchising Started – 2004
  • Offices – 311

Franchise details: Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Official site

Freddy's Frozen Custard is named for WWII veteran Freddy Simon, whose sons teamed with experienced restaurateur Scott Redler to open the first Freddy's in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, in 2002. The company began franchising in 2004. Freddy's restaurants serve steakburgers, hot dogs and frozen custard.

15. Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

  • Investments $223,000
  • Franchise fee $15,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2008
  • Year Franchising Started – 2009
  • Offices – 310

Franchise details: Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Official site

Based in Oklahoma City, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt was founded in 2008 and began franchising a year later. Each Orange Leaf location offers self-serve frozen yogurt with a rotating selection of flavors and a toppings bar.
Orange Leaf

16. Sweet Frog

  • Investments $90,600
  • Year Brand Started – 2009
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 300

Franchise details: Sweet Frog
Official site

Welcome to sweetFrog® — where our goal is to create the best frozen yogurt experience you've ever had! You create your own combination of delicious, soft-serve premium frozen yogurt then finish it off with any toppings you choose. Our toppings bar is stocked fresh every day with the best ingredients for a light snack, a decadent dessert and everything in between.

17. Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt

  • Investments $219,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1979
  • Year Franchising Started – 2003
  • Offices – 300

Franchise details: Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt

Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt is a quick serve restaurant style frozen treat franchise concept with a menu featuring the chain's proprietary Everything Yogurt brand frozen yogurt, Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt brand smoothies and frosties, and Gretel Pretzel brand hand-rolled pretzels.

18. Pinkberry Ventures Inc.

  • Investments $310,842
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2005
  • Year Franchising Started – 2006
  • Offices – 275

Franchise details: Pinkberry Ventures Inc.
Official site

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.

19. Dippin' Dots Franchising LLC

  • Investments $112,204
  • Franchise fee $15,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1988
  • Year Franchising Started – 1999
  • Offices – 213

Franchise details: Dippin' Dots Franchising LLC
Official site

Research biotechnologist Curt Jones used his expertise in cryogenic freezing processes to find new ways to produce ice cream. After nearly a year of experimenting with the idea of flash-freezing his family's homemade ice cream, Jones created and sold his first cups of Dippin' Dots ice cream in 1988.

20. The Haagen-Dazs Shoppe Co. Inc.

  • Investments $164,518
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1961
  • Year Franchising Started – 1977
  • Offices – 205

Franchise details: The Haagen-Dazs Shoppe Co. Inc.

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.

21. Bruster's® Real Ice Cream

  • Investments $270,200
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1989
  • Year Franchising Started – 1993
  • Offices – 197

Franchise details: Bruster's® Real Ice Cream
Official site

Bruce Reed got his start in the restaurant business as a child, helping his parents at their diner, Jerry's Curb Service, in Bridgewater, Pennsylvania. He opened the first Bruster's Real Ice Cream next door to that restaurant in 1989. He began franchising in 1993. Bruster's stores offer ice cream, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, sherbet and sorbet in a variety of flavors.

22. IceBorn

  • Investments $27,095
  • Year Brand Started – 2003
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 179

Franchise details: IceBorn
Official site

IceBorn began franchising in 2012, but parent company Ice House America has been manufacturing and operating automated ice and water vending machines since 2003. The machines are available in a variety of sizes, and franchisees typically place them in retail center parking lots. The company's SmartIce app allows franchisees to monitor their machines remotely from a smartphone or computer.

23. sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt

  • Investments $221,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2009
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 171

Franchise details: sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt
Official site

Shortly after moving to Richmond, Virginia, in 2009, Derek Cha brought the West-Coast frozen yogurt trend to his new home by opening the first Sweet Frog store. In addition to a variety of frozen yogurt flavors and toppings, Sweet Frog locations offer waffle cones and bowls, Belgian waffles, banana splits and parfaits.
Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt

24. Yogorino

  • Investments $80,000
  • Franchise fee $40,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1993
  • Year Franchising Started – 1998
  • Offices – 170

Franchise details: Yogorino
Official site

Working since 1993 with hundreds of stores around the world today, Yogorino is a well-established company that offers a multi-product menu: frozen yogurt, ice-cream, coffee bar, iced drinks, parfaits, crêpes and much more besides.
yogorino

25. Bahama Buck's

  • Investments $233,326
  • Franchise fee $29,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1989
  • Year Franchising Started – 1993
  • Offices – 113

Franchise details: Bahama Buck's
Official site

In lieu of getting a summer job, Blake Buchanan opened the first Bahama Buck's store, building it by hand with the help of family members, and staffing it with friends and fellow students. Franchising of the concept began in 1993. In addition to shaved ice available in 91 proprietary flavors, the Bahama Buck's menu offers smoothies, sodas, lemonades and limeades, fruit and coffee drinks.

26. Kilwins Chocolates

  • Investments $423,251
  • Franchise fee $40,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1947
  • Year Franchising Started – 1982
  • Offices – 109

Franchise details: Kilwins Chocolates Franchise Inc.
Official site

Kilwins Chocolates sells hand-crafted chocolates, fudge, ice cream, and other confections using original recipes. The stores are located in high traffic areas such as tourist attractions, downtown areas, high-end lifestyle centers. The franchise has a single store, multi-store, area development opportunities. The franchisor is looking for individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit, passionate about providing the best customer service, and ready to be personally engaged in the store operation. The qualifying candidates will receive pre-opening and post-opening support, including training and marketing support.

27. TCBY

  • Investments $330,000
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1981
  • Year Franchising Started – 1982
  • Offices – 84

Franchise details: TCBY
Official site

TCBY continues as the frozen yogurt category leader in the $8 billion “FroYo” industry, with an impressive brand awareness that’s over 90%. And TCBY isn’t just about making great frozen yogurt (although we do!); we also believe it’s our job to provide franchisees with the infrastructure, resources, and industry experts to help them open and operate a successful business that will bring them joy for years to come.
TCBY Franchise

28. Nekter Juice Bar Inc.

  • Investments $201,500
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 84

Franchise details: Nekter Juice Bar Inc.
Official site

Nékter Juice Bar is handing over the franchising keys to a select group of individuals who want the opportunity to own and operate their very own Nékter Juice Bar Franchise.
Franchise With Nékter Juice Bar

29. Foster's Freeze

  • Investments $64,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1946
  • Year Franchising Started – 1946
  • Offices – 70

Franchise details: Foster's Freeze
Official site

Fosters Freeze has been a California tradition since the mid 1940's. The Fosters story begins in 1946 when George Foster opened the first Fosters Freeze in Inglewood, California. He introduced the soft serve cone and a line of soft serve desserts.

30. Creamistry

  • Investments $224,500
  • Franchise fee $40,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2013
  • Year Franchising Started – 2014
  • Offices – 62

Franchise details: Creamistry
Official site

Creamistry® combines passion, innovation and a commitment to quality to bring customers a fresh ice cream experience. Our wide selection of premium products, excellent customer service, and liquid nitrogen smoke show thrills customers, but it is our ice cream that keeps them hungry for more!

Fresh, Made-to-Order Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream at Creamistry

31. Tasti D-Lite

  • Investments $234,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1987
  • Year Franchising Started – 2008
  • Offices – 60

Franchise details: Tasti D-Lite
Official site

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.
Tasti D-Lite Franchise Business Buyer's Guide

32. Sub Zero

  • Investments $155,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2004
  • Year Franchising Started – 2005
  • Offices – 52

Franchise details: Sub Zero
Official site

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.

33. Kona Ice

  • Investments $15,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2010
  • Offices – 50

Franchise details: Kona Ice
Official site

Here at Kona Ice, we know why we’ve succeeded and reached these ranks of the #1 New Franchise (Entrepreneur Magazine 2013), top in Franchisee Satisfaction (Franchise Business Review and Franchise Update), #1 in Category (Dessert Franchise in Entrepreneur Magazine) and made the Fastest Growing List for the past five years. We don’t think it’s luck at all. It’s the combination of a fresh concept, strong corporate support with a vision, and a desire to make the world a better place.
Franchisee Testimonial (2014)

34. Palettas

  • Investments $145,350
  • Year Brand Started – 2014
  • Year Franchising Started – 2014
  • Offices – 50

Franchise details: Palettas
Official site

Palettas is the brand of natural ice cream. "En palito" or palette, which is devoted to the production of quality ice cream.

35. Repicci's Italian Ice & Gelato

  • Investments $152,150
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1998
  • Year Franchising Started – 2005
  • Offices – 47

Franchise details: Repicci's Italian Ice & Gelato
Official site

We started with a simple, family-made treat, took the passion behind it, and cultivated it into an amazing collections of gourmet Italian goodies for all to love. Bringing joy to our friends with Italian ice, gelato, gelati, and Italian-blended coffees is simply wonderful, and it’s the reason we do what we do.
Repiccis Italian Ice - Virtual Tour

36. Happy & Healthy Products Inc.

  • Investments $52,790
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1991
  • Year Franchising Started – 1993
  • Offices – 47

Franchise details: Happy & Healthy Products Inc.

Linda Kerr Kamm founded Happy & Healthy Products in 1991 and began franchising in 1993. Desiring to sell a healthful frozen dessert, she created the company's signature Fruitfull bars, which are made with chunks of fruit and other natural ingredients.
Happy and Healthy - Best Healthy Foods Franchise Opportunity

37. Handel's Homemade Ice Cream

  • Investments $220,000
  • Franchise fee $50,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1945
  • Year Franchising Started – 1989
  • Offices – 47

Franchise details: Handel's Homemade Ice Cream
Official site

WE NEVER SKIMP! Fistfuls of nuts, creamy caramel, deep dark chocolate, fresh fruits and fluffy marshmallows are blended into each batch as it is drawn from specially designed machines. It is this T.L.C. that has helped Handel’s continue its long tradition of excellence. We want to thank our customers who have helped us grow our reputation from coast to coast and from generation to generation.

38. FroyoWorld Frozen Yogurt Lounge

  • Investments $305,120
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 41

Franchise details: FroyoWorld Frozen Yogurt Lounge

In the summer of 2010, FroyoWorld opened its first Frozen Yogurt Lounge on the Yale University campus in the town of New Haven, Connecticut. With our award winning Original Tart froyo recipe in hand, we introduced the self-serve frozen yogurt in Connecticut. We had overwhelming support for our product from the community, so we opened a few more stores, and then we opened a few more after that.

39. Yogurt Mountain

  • Investments $247,990
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2009
  • Year Franchising Started – 2010
  • Offices – 37

Franchise details: Yogurt Mountain
Official site

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.
Yogurt Mountain

40. Paciugo Gelato Caffe

  • Investments $103,500
  • Franchise fee $20,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2000
  • Year Franchising Started – 2004
  • Offices – 36

Franchise details: Paciugo Gelato Caffe
Official site

Paciugo is a Gelato Caffè. Gelato is a traditional Italian ice cream that serves as a sweet, premium alternative to traditional frozen treats.

Paciugo Gelato & Caffe

41. 16 Handles

  • Investments $274,500
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2008
  • Year Franchising Started – 2010
  • Offices – 35

Franchise details: 16 Handles
Official site

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!
16 Handles Highlights Reel

42. Smoothie Factory

  • Investments $226,500
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1996
  • Year Franchising Started – 1997
  • Offices – 33

Franchise details: Smoothie Factory
Official site

Smoothie Factory franchises offer fresh fruit smoothies, cold-squeezed juices and nutritional supplements.

43. Popbar

  • Investments $217,000
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2010
  • Offices – 29

Franchise details: Popbar
Official site

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.
Popbar - Hancrafted Gelato on a Stick

44. Let's Yo!

  • Investments $355,800
  • Franchise fee $45,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2011
  • Year Franchising Started – 2011
  • Offices – 27

Franchise details: Let's Yo!
Official site

Started in 2011 by Eric Casaburi, who also founded fitness franchise Retro Fitness, Let's Yo! offers customers self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings, as well as coffee drinks and a selection of cereals. Stores feature flat-screen TVs on the walls and iPads embedded into the furnishings.

45. Cream

  • Investments $191,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 26

Franchise details: Cream
Official site

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.
What is CREAM?

46. Andy's Frozen Custard

  • Investments $528,500
  • Franchise fee $32,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1986
  • Year Franchising Started – 2003
  • Offices – 25

Franchise details: Andy's Frozen Custard
Official site

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.
Andy's Frozen Custard in Osage Beach, MO

47. Schakolad Chocolate Factory

  • Investments $121,500
  • Franchise fee $39,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1995
  • Year Franchising Started – 1999
  • Offices – 21

Franchise details: Schakolad Chocolate Factory
Official site

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.
Schakolad Chocolate Factory Franchise Reviews and Information

48. Tikiz

  • Investments $132,000
  • Franchise fee $15,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2011
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 20

Franchise details: Tikiz
Official site

A return to our cherished memories was the inspiration for Tikiz Shaved Ice and Ice Cream. The “Tikiz” product line combines two of the most popular mainstream frozen treat products that everyone loves – Ice Cream and refreshing Hawaiian Shaved Ice. Delivered by a trustworthy operator who arrives in ‘Coolest Truck On Earth™’.

Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream

49. Forever Yogurt

  • Investments $240,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 19

Franchise details: Forever Yogurt
Official site

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.
Forever Yogurt (Forever Young)

50. You Say When Yogurt

  • Investments $68,000
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2008
  • Year Franchising Started – 2009
  • Offices – 19

Franchise details: You Say When Yogurt
Official site

You Say When Yogurt and Yobe Frozen Yogurt Shoppe has provided owners the absolute lowest cost entry into the booming yogurt industry. We don’t beat our competitors investment levels….. we crush them! We have 50% of our stores open for under $100,000. This is unprecedented in our industry. At most of the larger chains you will spend that on machines alone.

51. All American Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

  • Investments $195,000
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1986
  • Year Franchising Started – 1988
  • Offices – 18

Franchise details: All American Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
Official site

All American's proprietary premium high butterfat ice cream and non-fat frozen yogurt are delicious treats enjoyed by people of all ages. In addition to ice cream and frozen yogurt, our stores also feature juice smoothies, fresh baked cookies, soft drinks and bottled beverages.

52. Yogo Factory

  • Investments $123,200
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2011
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 17

Franchise details: Yogo Factory
Official site

Yogo Factory is the perfect yogurt shop for anyone looking to open a yogurt shop franchise that is hip, trendy, but still has that family friendly appeal that everyone keeps coming back for. YoGo Factory is a true frozen yogurt cafe' and is quickly becoming the favorite of frozen yogurt lovers across the United States.

Yogo Factory Commercial

53. The Skinny Dip

  • Investments $138,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2008
  • Year Franchising Started – 2014
  • Offices – 13

Franchise details: The Skinny Dip
Official site

The Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt Bar is a rewarding and a fun business that appeals to an extensive consumer base. Corporate Stores located in zip codes: 23462 and 23464 are now available for sale.
Mvoss Creation Promotes Skinny Dip Yogurt Bar Virginia Beach

54. Paradis

  • Investments $163,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2003
  • Year Franchising Started – 2009
  • Offices – 11

Franchise details: Paradis
Official site

Our vision was to create a Danish version of the ice cream found in Rome. Amongst other things, minimizing fat content and using only natural ingredients became top values. More importantly, freshness was our top-priority, which ultimately meant making ice cream locally every single day.
December Member of the Month: Paradis Ice Cream

55. Sloan's Ice Cream

  • Investments $587,952
  • Franchise fee $40,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1999
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 10

Franchise details: Sloan's Ice Cream
Official site

Welcome to the magic of Sloan’s…where fantasy becomes reality! It all started with our first location in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1999. Our goal was to create an ice cream utopia for the young and young at heart.
National Ice Cream Month with Sloan's Ice Cream

56. Fro.Zen.Yo

  • Investments $354,700
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2009
  • Year Franchising Started – 2011
  • Offices – 9

Franchise details: Fro.Zen.Yo

Fro.zen.yo is not a cookie-cutter self serve frozen yogurt shop. Rather than imitate, we strive to innovate and show our customers something new every time they come by. We make visiting our store a fun, unique experience. Through creative marketing, art, and exceptional service, we create an environment which is truly one of a kind. Our work is driven by our excitement and passion for the business, which can be felt on every level.

57. di'lishi frozen yogurt bar

  • Investments $285,700
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2011
  • Year Franchising Started – 2011
  • Offices – 8

Franchise details: di'lishi frozen yogurt bar

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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58. Applegate Farm

  • Investments $322,000
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1848
  • Year Franchising Started – 1980
  • Offices – 7

Franchise details: Applegate Farm
Official site

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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59. Mora Iced Creamery

  • Investments $94,500
  • Franchise fee $20,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2004
  • Year Franchising Started – 2016
  • Offices – 4

Franchise details: Mora Iced Creamery
Official site

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.

60. Cauldron Ice Cream

  • Investments $269,100
  • Franchise fee $40,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2015
  • Year Franchising Started – 2016
  • Offices – 4

Franchise details: Cauldron Ice Cream
Official site

At Cauldron Ice Cream we believe in the perfect unity of innovation and tradition. Our goal is to reinvent ice cream in a way that is so good, it will make people fall in love with ice cream all over again. No more icy hardpacked cartons, no more flavorless "flavors".
Cauldron Ice Cream

61. Stricklands Frozen Custard

  • Investments $188,500
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1936
  • Year Franchising Started – 2002
  • Offices – 4

Franchise details: Stricklands Frozen Custard
Official site

Bill Strickland knew dairy products well. During his tenure as an employee of the Akron Pure Milk Company, he worked diligently on creating the ideal frozen custard recipe.

62. Frios Gourmet Pops

  • Investments $63,550
  • Franchise fee $23,500
  • Year Brand Started – 2014
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 4

Franchise details: Frios Gourmet Pops
Official site

Like all entrepreneurial stories, ours is a similar tune. One guy has a grand idea, drags friends and family into the fun, and then spends hours convincing people they are not crazy. And after a period of rapid growth and sweet success, Frios Gourmet Pops is a thriving business creating some of the best pops in the country. But what makes Frios so different?

63. Waffy's

  • Investments $116,680
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 3

Franchise details: Waffy's
Official site

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.
WAFFY'S Franchise Video HD

64. Schwietert's Cones & Candy

  • Investments $564,500
  • Franchise fee $50,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1985
  • Year Franchising Started – 2014
  • Offices – 3

Franchise details: Schwietert's Cones & Candy
Official site

Schwietert's Cones & Candy is a retail franchise. The franchise stores sell various candies, including homemade chocolate and ice cream, fudge, caramel corn, cotton candy, and more. The franchisor provides a proven business model, comprehensive training and support. The franchisor is looking for task-oriented and hard-working candidates.
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65. Reis & Irvy's

  • Investments $160,950
  • Year Brand Started – 2016
  • Year Franchising Started – 2016
  • Offices – 3

Franchise details: Reis & Irvy's
Official site

The world is changing. This is your chance to make the most of it. First there were frozen yogurt shops that offered a healthier alternative to the ice cream parlor. Then there were self-serve retail outlets, all running the gamut in scale from boutique operations to international chains. Now, there is the Reis & Irvy’s Froyo Robot that captures and captivates consumers with its on-site convenience and playful, robotic delivery. It is indeed the “Next Generation” of frozen yogurt.
Reis & Irvy’s CUBE: Froyo. Everywhere.

66. Morano Gelato Franchise Co. LLC

  • Investments $301,194
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2016
  • Offices – 3

Franchise details: Morano Gelato Franchise Co. LLC

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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67. Sweet Pea

  • Investments $40,250
  • Franchise fee $15,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2013
  • Year Franchising Started – 2013
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: Sweet Pea
Official site

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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68. Happy Cow Frozen Yogurt

  • Investments $210,353
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2013
  • Year Franchising Started – 2015
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: Happy Cow Frozen Yogurt
Official site

Based just outside of Tampa, Happy Cow Frozen Yogurt was founded in 2013 and began franchising at the end of 2015. Each location offers a rotating selection of self-serve frozen yogurt, soft-serve gelato, ice cream, sorbet and Italian ice, with over 60 toppings and sauces to choose from.

Welcome to Zephyrhills Happy Cow Frozen Yogurt

69. Camille's Ice Cream Bars

  • Investments $152,400
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2011
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: Camille's Ice Cream Bars
Official site

Camille's is the first frozen dessert franchise in the United States using flash-freeze technology to make freshly made ice cream, yogurt and sorbet bars, on location. The products are made fresh daily by an Ice Cream Chef and customers are served by an Ice Cream Artist who will help you PICK from a variety of flavors, DIP in your choice of chocolate and DRESS with your favorite topping, creating your own customized frozen treat.
Camille's Ice Cream Bars Franchising Video

70. Pinocchio's

  • Investments $70,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1980
  • Year Franchising Started – 2007
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: Pinocchio's
Official site

Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream is a Sanibel tradition since 1980. Tom and Donna Puma are the fourth owners of this landmark having purchased the business in 2007. Together with their daughter Stephanie and their friendly staff, they serve up their unique handcrafted frozen confections that keep loyal fans returning for more to their little green shop!
Pinocchio's Ice Cream 06/24/2015

71. 2 Scoops Café

  • Investments $99,000
  • Franchise fee $28,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2002
  • Year Franchising Started – 2002
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: 2 Scoops Cafe
Official site

We're energized that you are thinking about a 2 Scoops Cafe establishment idea as the following stride to satisfying your entrepreneurial dreams.

72. Wanna Chill?

  • Investments $50,850
  • Year Brand Started – 2011
  • Year Franchising Started – 2015
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: Wanna Chill?
Official site

First, Wanna Chill? is a business that serves a variety of cool, or what we call “chill” desserts. Our flagship product is Hawaiian Style Shave Ice. To round out the menu we offer Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, and Smoothies. If you are in the mood for something tasty, cool, and sweet then you definitely Wanna Chill. You crave it, we shave it, scoop it, blend it, or pour it.

73. Daddy O Briens

  • Investments $229,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2017
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Daddy O Briens
Official site

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.
Daddy O'Briens Irish Ice Cream Pub

74. Gelato Gourmet

  • Investments $201,475
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2015
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Gelato Gourmet
Official site

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.

75. Acai Express

  • Investments $102,900
  • Year Brand Started – 2013
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Acai Express
Official site

Acai Express creates an experience for people to "unplug" from the noise and stress of day-to-day life. Using our Premium Organic 100% Grade "A" acai as the centerpiece, our guests can practice an active and healthful eating lifestyle without giving up flavor.
Acai Express - promoting a healthy lifestyle!

76. Snowdays

  • Investments $100,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2014
  • Year Franchising Started – 2017
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Snowdays
Official site

Shaved cream is a new category in frozen desserts. It is a hybrid of ice cream and shaved ice. With this delicious combination, we are able to achieve the texture of a fluffy snow with taste and creaminess of ice cream.
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77. Locococo Shave Ice

  • Investments $37,970
  • Franchise fee $19,900
  • Year Brand Started – 2013
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Locococo Shave Ice

At Locococo Shave Ice you will find that our shave ice is quite different. We really enjoy serving a dessert that uses completely natural ingredients, no artificial flavors or colors. People today are interested in being health conscious and with Locococo Shave Ice, you get a dessert that is not only delicious, it is made with genuinely all-natural ingredients.

78. 'Ohana Bros.

  • Investments $192,670
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2013
  • Year Franchising Started – 2014
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: 'Ohana Bros.
Official site

Our chips and popcorn made daily using quality, natural ingredients without the use of artificial flavors or colorings – nada, nothing. We let nature do the talking here!

Ohana Bros. French Fries, Potato Chips, and Hawaiian Shave Ice

79. Brain Freeze

  • Investments $200,150
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2012
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Brain Freeze

Brain Freeze Cafe serves great food made with only the finest and freshest ingredients. The food can be served for all meals but is usually purchased for lunch and dinner.

80. Scooped Cookie Dough Bar

  • Investments $60,000
  • Franchise fee $29,900

Franchise details: Scooped Cookie Dough Bar
Official site

We absolutely love what we do and we LOVE cookie dough! Since we opened in 2017, one of the most common questions we get is how to be a part of this incredible company that we've created. Now the opportunity to join this exciting adventure is yours!
Scooped Cookie Dough Bar Franchise Opportunity

81. Ben & Jerry's

  • Investments $152,185
  • Year Brand Started – 1977
  • Year Franchising Started – 1981

Franchise details: Ben & Jerry's Franchising, Inc.
Official site

Ben & Jerry’s are looking to open up franchise scoop shops in a limited number of high traffic, metro locations nationwide. Our big friendly company is here to help you along the way.

82. 32Degrees A Yogurt Bar

  • Investments $275,000
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2010

Franchise details: 32Degrees A Yogurt Bar

At 32Degrees A Yogurt Bar, we pride ourselves on providing an environment and experience like no other! When you walk into a 32Degrees A Yogurt Bar store, you will immediately feel energized. The bright, fun atmosphere is just the beginning of the 32Degrees experience. There are a lot of yogurt concepts, but 32Degrees A Yogurt Bar stands out from the rest.

83. The Dolly Llama

  • Investments $240,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000

Franchise details: The Dolly Llama
Official site

Since its inception in 2017, The Dolly Llama has dominated LA’s waffle scene with its own unique take on the Bubble Waffle, in addition to Dolly Llama Shakes, Waffle Sticks, and OG liege Waffles and continues prove that all waffles don’t need syrup.

84. Papalani Gelato

  • Investments $100,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2008
  • Year Franchising Started – 2013

Franchise details: Papalani Gelato
Official site

Papalani Gelato® is a family-owned and operated purveyor of handmade Hawaiian style gelato, gelato cakes, gelato sandwiches, gelato drinks, and locally made chocolate dedicated to sharing its hand-crafted artisanal Hawaiian inspired gelato with customers from all around the world. Many customers rave that Papalani™ has the best gelato (Italian style ice cream) and best chocolate in the nation.

85. Craving the Curls

  • Investments $112,000
  • Franchise fee $32,000

Franchise details: Craving the Curls
Official site

Rolled ice cream is so unique, exciting, and delicious that you’ll never want to go back to regular ice cream again. Craving the Curls is the perfect spot to hang out, enjoy time with friends, and fill our space with laughter.

86. Jeremiah's Italian Ice

  • Investments $107,905

Franchise details: Jeremiah's Italian Ice
Official site

At Jeremiah's Italian Ice, we've been scooping up our tasty frozen treats since 1996. Our 40+ flavors of decadent Italian Ice, premium Soft Ice Cream and signature Gelati treats have carved their own niche in the $28 billion frozen dessert industry*, inspiring a cult-like following everywhere we go.

87. Dough & Arrows

  • Investments $50,000

Franchise details: Dough & Arrows
Official site

Dough & Arrows is a delicious new take on the traditional ice cream shop. We've taken a beloved favorite and made it even better by introducing other unique treats like edible cookie dough, cheesecakes, pies and more!

88. Ralph's Famous Italian Ices

  • Investments $200,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1928
  • Year Franchising Started – 2001

Franchise details: Ralph's Famous Italian Ices

We manufacture and provide you with a premium quality Italian Ice, Ice Cream and related products. This allows you to focus on your retail operation.

89. MySwissChoco.com

  • Investments $45,000

Franchise details: MySwissChoco.com
Official site

This is a superb ground floor opportunity to launch your own genuine Swiss chocolate retail business, bringing the unique taste of Swiss chocolate, coffee and soft ice cream products to your location.
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90. Abbott's Frozen Custard

  • Investments $275,000

Franchise details: Abbott's Frozen Custard
Official site

Our 100 plus year history of success is built on our secret family recipe. Join the $8 billion U.S. frozen dessert industry by leveraging the guidance, structure and support of the Abbott's Frozen Custard system and let us help you achieve your goals.

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91. Chick'nCone

  • Investments $50,000

Franchise details: Chick'nCone
Official site

Chick'nCone® is a QSR serving fork-free chicken & waffles to NYC and beyond. Chick'nCone® is experiencing an exciting and profitable growth mode. Contact us today to join the franchise network or discuss our state side and international expansion plans.