Ice Cream Franchises

Even though the grocery store carries a wide variety of ice cream flavors, nothing can ever replace the experience of standing at the counter of your local ice cream franchise and being handed a fresh cone of your favorite flavor.

Many franchisees are finding out that an ice cream franchise is not only a fun business to run, it’s also a lucrative business. In the U.S. today, ice cream is a $20 billion-plus industry, and growing. Currently, the biggest trend in ice cream sales today is with niche ice cream products. The best example of this trend is with Dippin’ Dots Franchising. Dippin' Dots Franchising was founded in 1988 and began franchising in 2000. They included in the Fast 55 List of Franchise Times magazine, and ranked #2 in Entrepreneur magazine's Top 50 New Franchise Companies.

So what makes Dippin’ Dots a niche ice cream? Dippin' Dots are tiny beads of ice cream, yogurt, sherbet, and flavored ice, cryogenically frozen, and are served at movie theaters, theme parks, and other entertainment venues nationwide. They are incredibly popular with kids and there doesn’t seem to be anything stopping their remarkable growth. In fact, market research shows Dippin' Dots outperformed some of the top franchised ice cream brands 2 to 1 among kids and young adults.

Unlike other, more traditional ice cream franchises, Dippin’ Dots continues to expand their variety of flavors to stay competitive. They recently announced a new s’mores flavor, which combines marshmallow, chocolate and graham crackers.

What You Need to Know:

There are multiple product offerings (ice cream, yogurt, flavored ices, ice cream cakes, iced drinks, shakes and more!)
The store investment, labor costs, transaction time and cost of goods are all lower then the national average.
Gain international exposure and brand awareness from appearances on Oprah, The Travel Channel, and The Food Network.
Dippin' Dots is one of the hottest franchises and is growing at an aggressive pace throughout the United States.

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