10 Best Ice Cream Franchises 2024

1. Ben & Jerry’s

Founded: 1978 Outlets: 550+ Investment: $112,700 – $474,300 Franchise fee: $39,500 Liquidity: $100,000 Royalty: 3%

2. Dairy Queen

Founded: 1940 Outlets: 7000 Investment: $1,511,200 – 2,533,400 Franchise fee: $45,000 Liquidity: $400,000 Royalty: 4%

3. Baskin-Robbins

Founded: 1945 Outlets: 7,800 Investment: $90,000 – $625,000 Franchise fee: $25,000 Liquidity: $100,000 Royalty: 5.9%

4. Handle’s Homemade Ice Cream

Founded: 1945 Outlets: 60+ Investment: $311,000 to $936,000 Franchise fee: $50,000 Liquidity: $250,000 Royalty: 6%

5. Cold Stone Creamery

Founded: 1988 Outlets: 300 Investment: $53,200 – $602,775 Franchise fee: $27,000 Liquidity: $125,000 Royalty: 6%

6. Dippin’ Dots

Founded: 1988 Outlets: 100 Investment: $112,204 – $366,950 Franchise fee: $35,000 Liquidity: $100,000 Royalty: 6%

7. Kona Ice

Founded: 1200+ Outlets: 1200+ Investment: $150,400 – $174,150 Franchise fee: $15,000 Liquidity: $30,000 Royalty: $3,000 $4,000 per year

8. Rita’s Italian Ice

Founded: 1984 Outlets: 600+ Investment: $278,333 – $624,695 Franchise fee: $35,000 Liquidity: $100,000 Royalty: 6.5%

9. Bruster’s Ice Cream

Founded: 1989 Outlets: 200+ Investment: $318,000 – $2,368,500 Franchise fee: $35,000 Liquidity: $150,000 – $350,000 Royalty: 5%

10. Menchies

Founded: 2007 Outlets: 540+ Investment: $142,683 – $471,087 Franchise fee: $40,000 Liquidity: $80,000 – $90,000 Royalty: 6%