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Our Selection Process For
Best Ice Cream, Yogurt & Smoothie Franchises
Our Selection Process For
Best Ice Cream, Yogurt & Smoothie Franchises

Last updated: April 1, 2021

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Top 30 Ice Cream, Yogurt & Smoothie Franchises

Best Ice Cream, Yogurt & Smoothie Franchises - April 2021

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Paciugo Gelato Paciugo Gelato
Talk to a Representative: 214-654-9501
Service Offerings:
Key Facts For Paciugo Gelato
  • Franchising Since:
    2000
  • Franchise Units:
    133
  • Cash Investment:
    $31-74K
  • Total Investments:
    $384K
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    4%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    paciugo.com
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Reviews (99)
Positive 89.9% 89 Reviews
First time visiting, and it was delicious! I...
Shonda Snyder
Negative 8.1% 8 Reviews
NO! You do NOT put a dab of cream on one end...
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Neutral 2.0% 2 Reviews
Gelato was incredible but the customer servic...
QuHarrison Terry

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Friendly Ice Cream Corp. Friendly Ice Cream Corp.
Talk to a Representative: 800-966-9970
Key Facts For Friendly Ice Cream Corp.
  • Franchising Since:
    1935
  • Franchise Units:
    492
  • Cash Investment:
    $650,000
  • Total Investments:
    $147,600 - $1,979,350
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    4%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    www.friendlys.com
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Reviews (35)
Positive 22.9% 8 Reviews
Great hamburgers, good service, friendly staf...
jelafleur
Negative 68.6% 24 Reviews
Went to breakfast June 1st, took a long time...
Patricia Young
Neutral 8.6% 3 Reviews
Need more staffs to cover up the crowd. Some...
Abi Ravi

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Island of Treats Island of Treats
Talk to a Representative: 267-243-3255
Service Offerings:
Key Facts For Island of Treats
  • Franchising Since:
    2009
  • Franchise Units:
    105
  • Cash Investment:
    $45K
  • Total Investments:
    $125 - 245K
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    7%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    islandoftreats.com
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Smoothie King Smoothie King
Talk to a Representative: 985-635-6984
Key Facts For Smoothie King
  • Franchising Since:
    1989
  • Franchise Units:
    714
  • Cash Investment:
    $90,000
  • Total Investments:
    $176,300 - $403,550
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    6%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    www.smoothieking.com
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Negative Review 0 Reviews
Anonymous
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Anonymous

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Ralph's Famous Italian Ices Ralph's Famous Italian Ices
Talk to a Representative: 718-448-0853
Service Offerings:
Key Facts For Ralph's Famous Italian Ic...
  • Franchising Since:
    1928
  • Franchise Units:
    73
  • Cash Investment:
    $35K
  • Total Investments:
    $125 - 175K
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    5%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    www.ralphsices.com
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Reviews (38)
Positive 92.1% 35 Reviews
Yes! Delicious Italian ices.
Michael Libert
Negative 5.3% 2 Reviews
unprofessional they close before the time sta...
Mena Green
Neutral 2.6% 1 Reviews
I mean it's ok
your boi

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Cold Stone Creamery Cold Stone Creamery
Talk to a Representative: 480-362-4800
Key Facts For Cold Stone Creamery
  • Franchising Since:
    1988
  • Franchise Units:
    1,423
  • Cash Investment:
    $125,000
  • Total Investments:
    $277,375 - $464,325
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    6%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    www.coldstonecreamery.com
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Positive 50.0% 3 Reviews
This is not a store customers can visit. It i...
Spencer Julien
Positive
expected taste
Miae Kim
Negative 50.0% 3 Reviews
They really should just remove this location...
kevin hall

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sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt
Talk to a Representative: 804-893-3151
Service Offerings:
Key Facts For sweetFrog Premium Frozen...
  • Franchising Since:
    2009
  • Franchise Units:
    127
  • Cash Investment:
    $30K
  • Total Investments:
    $282.5 - 467.5K
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    5%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    sweetfrogyogurt.com
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Reviews (51)
Positive 74.5% 38 Reviews
Love Sweet Frog!
Angela Perkins
Negative 13.7% 7 Reviews
I love this place but when I arrived at 9:50...
Alina A
Neutral 11.8% 6 Reviews
We have been making weekly visits to this loc...
Daniel Robertson

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Dairy Queen Dairy Queen
Talk to a Representative: 952-896-2542
Key Facts For Dairy Queen
  • Franchising Since:
    1940
  • Franchise Units:
    Over 6,000
  • Cash Investment:
    $400,000
  • Total Investments:
    $1,077,225 - $1,833,125
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    4%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    www.dairyqueen.com
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Positive 44.4% 4 Reviews
Dairy Queen HQ bldg was the meeting place for...
Mac Broadway
Positive
You should open one in Crossett Arkansas it w...
Zach Cooper
Negative 55.6% 5 Reviews
The Saint Mary's, Ohio location charged me 7...
Pepper Storer

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Menchie's Frozen Yogurt Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
Talk to a Representative: 818-708-0316
Service Offerings:
Key Facts For Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
  • Franchising Since:
    2007
  • Franchise Units:
    350
  • Cash Investment:
    $25-40K
  • Total Investments:
    $310 - 320K
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    6%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    www.menchies.com
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MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery
Talk to a Representative: 770-514-4500
Service Offerings:
Key Facts For MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & T...
  • Franchising Since:
    1989
  • Franchise Units:
    159
  • Cash Investment:
    $30-94K
  • Total Investments:
    $225 - 375K
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    4%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    www.maggiemoos.com
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Kona Ice Kona Ice
Talk to a Representative: 513-484-0162
Key Facts For Kona Ice
  • Franchising Since:
    2008
  • Franchise Units:
    674
  • Cash Investment:
    $15,000-$25,000
  • Total Investments:
    $109,275 - $124,575
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    $3K-4K/yr.
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    www.kona-ice.com
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Positive 50.0% 2 Reviews
They our a great member of the community. Bes...
Rick Mendenhall
Positive
Excellent shaved ice. Good, quality values as...
Leslie Small
Negative 50.0% 2 Reviews
Reported a franchise to corporate who was ill...
Mike Biddle

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Marble Slab Creamery Marble Slab Creamery
Talk to a Representative: 404-725-4007
Service Offerings:
Key Facts For Marble Slab Creamery
  • Franchising Since:
  • Franchise Units:
  • Cash Investment:
  • Total Investments:
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
  • Financing Available:
  • Website:
    www.marbleslabfranchise.com
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Reviews (58)
Positive 65.5% 38 Reviews
Great variety of flavors and toppings, all ha...
Jarrod Zurcher
Negative 17.2% 10 Reviews
Not as good as Cold Stone.
Nancy Russell
Neutral 17.2% 10 Reviews
Ice cream is pretty good, but they put WAY to...
Michael Kalmykov

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Talk to a Representative: 770-821-1900
Service Offerings:
Key Facts For Tropical Smoothie Cafe
  • Franchising Since:
    1997
  • Franchise Units:
    443
  • Cash Investment:
    $100K
  • Total Investments:
    $195.5 - 427.1K
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    6%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com
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Reviews (38)
Positive 7.9% 3 Reviews
Best smoothies at a great price. My body does...
Jordan Longtin
Negative 86.8% 33 Reviews
Brand new store, very bad customer service, w...
Vance Dell
Neutral 5.3% 2 Reviews
I came here for the first time today. I of co...
Shana Lee

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Carvel Corporation Carvel Corporation
Talk to a Representative: 404-705-2051
Service Offerings:
Key Facts For Carvel Corporation
  • Franchising Since:
    1934
  • Franchise Units:
    434
  • Cash Investment:
    $30K
  • Total Investments:
    $35.1 - 354.6K
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    $2.22/Gallon
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    www.carvel.com
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Reviews (10)
Positive 60.0% 6 Reviews
Great office, helpful people and fantastic re...
Southern Light Realty Group
Positive
Best group in Realestate
Heather Odeh
Negative 40.0% 4 Reviews
People listing with this agency BEWARE - YOUR...
Angel Garcia

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Rita's Italian Ice Rita's Italian Ice
Talk to a Representative: 215-876-9300
Service Offerings:
Key Facts For Rita's Italian Ice
  • Franchising Since:
    1984
  • Franchise Units:
    560
  • Cash Investment:
    $30K
  • Total Investments:
    $167.7K
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    6.5%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    www.ritasice.com
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Negative Review 1 Reviews
Anonymous
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Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Talk to a Representative: 877-849-6992
Service Offerings:
Key Facts For Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee...
  • Franchising Since:
    1983
  • Franchise Units:
    202
  • Cash Investment:
    $40,000
  • Total Investments:
    $71,700 - $385,050
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    7%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    www.mauiwowi.com
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Positive Review 9 Reviews
Love this place! Mocha Banana is my favorite...
Erin McCrimmon
Positive Review
Love this place!
Brandy Hernandez
Positive Review
This is now our favorite coffee shop!
Stacey Ven

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CUPS Frozen Yogurt CUPS Frozen Yogurt
Talk to a Representative: 973-369-1305
Service Offerings:
Key Facts For CUPS Frozen Yogurt
  • Franchising Since:
    2010
  • Franchise Units:
    334
  • Cash Investment:
    $20K
  • Total Investments:
    $350 - 700K
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    7%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    www.cupsfrozenyogurt.com
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All American Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream Shops All American Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream Shops
Talk to a Representative: 800-311-3930
Service Offerings:
Key Facts For All American Frozen Yogur...
  • Franchising Since:
    1986
  • Franchise Units:
    20
  • Cash Investment:
    $90,000
  • Total Investments:
    $191,700 - $494,450
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    6%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    allamericanicecream.com
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Reviews (13)
Positive 69.2% 9 Reviews
Nice selection of ice cream, friendly employe...
Andrea F
Negative 15.4% 2 Reviews
Cold Stone>all American ice cream
joshua lifa
Neutral 15.4% 2 Reviews
All American Ice Cream is an old school ice...
Angelina Danko

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Ben & Jerry's Franchising, Inc. Ben & Jerry's Franchising, Inc.
Talk to a Representative: 802-923-2413
Key Facts For Ben & Jerry's Franchising...
  • Franchising Since:
    1981
  • Franchise Units:
    443
  • Cash Investment:
    $100,000
  • Total Investments:
    $174,800 - $450,800
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    3%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    benjerry.com
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Baskin Robbins Baskin Robbins
Talk to a Representative: 781-737-3000
Key Facts For Baskin Robbins
  • Franchising Since:
    1967
  • Franchise Units:
    7,000
  • Cash Investment:
    $20K
  • Total Investments:
    $125 - 250K
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    5.9%
  • Financing Available:
    1
  • Website:
    www.baskinrobbins.com
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Yeh Yogurt Yeh Yogurt
Talk to a Representative: 310-205-2540
Service Offerings:
Key Facts For Yeh Yogurt
  • Franchising Since:
    2008
  • Franchise Units:
    45
  • Cash Investment:
    $25K
  • Total Investments:
    $210 - 375K
  • Royalty Fee Rate:
    3%
  • Financing Available:
  • Website:
    www.yehyogurt.com
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