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Baskin-Robbins
19.23%
Carvel
0
0%
Cold Stone Creamery
7.69%
Dairy Queen
23.08%
Friendly’s
7.69%
Häagen-Dazs
11.54%
Sonic
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Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

Old 05-23-20, 10:49 PM
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Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

I’ve loved Baskin Robbins. They def had most flavors and their once a year bubblegum with actual bubblegum was heaven, but always loved Friendly's ice-cream. Always, for some reason. Just like the distinct taste. From the whopping Jim Dandy to the Happy Ending Sunday’s before it became seedy and sexual. It’s like a good quality but really probably made from recycled crap but whatever, the tastes, in even vanilla, is good and distinct. Though Breyers vanilla good too. I dunno, BR’s had Rocky Road (what became my fav), But Friendly's was always my go to for ice-cream. Even food they had was damn good. Though, I think all gone, now, right? So sad.

So which retail chain did you like more and went to more?
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

I don’t go to enough ice cream shops to make a decision, but some of my relatives use to own a Maggie Moos ice cream shop (franchised for about 5 years). Just saw on Wikipedia, 400 locations at its peak. As of 2019, there are only 19 locations.

But my favorite is a family-owned local gelato shop. I always get half raspberry and half chocolate.

I had vacation plans to go Italy last week and one of my goals was to get some authentic Italian gelato. Well, we all know how that turned out
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

Hard to beat Dairy Queen, mostly because of the memories of my parents taking me there after an event.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

Haven't been to a BR in years. Favorite flavor there was World Class Chocolate. There's a local place I use. Lots more adventurous flavors. Can't wait until they open back up. And I've developed a fondness for frozen custard that's a local chain.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

I’m confused by the question. If Baskin-Robbins and Dairy Queen are “semi-big,” what’s “big”?

Anyway, I’ve liked B-R since I was a kid, even though it was probably never THE favorite because of local places. I do like going to Haagen Daz these days, and Dairy Queen is worth a stop on road trips.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

Originally Posted by mspmms View Post
Hard to beat Dairy Queen, mostly because of the memories of my parents taking me there after an event.
Our local Dairy Queen was one of the walk in/through shops with no seating. It was basically a small shack with screen doors on either end (of the customer area), and a pair of ordering/serving windows. It always had this recognizable smell. I also have fond memories of my mother and her long time boyfriend, who was like a father to me, taking me there. I recall spilling a bit of a banana split on the seat of his brand new car.

Having said that, my preference is still Baskin Robbins. As mentioned in the other thread, their Jamoca Almond Fudge is my favourite ice cream. Although, one year they had a chocolate almond ice cream that was incredible. Loaded with whole roasted almonds. I was so bummed out when it disappeared at the end of the month. I didn't realize it was a rotating flavour, nor do I recall it ever coming back.

I used to go to BR every day after school. The girls that worked there knew me well enough that they'd let me get a kiddie cone, but would load it up like a regular cone, or even throw it in a dish with sundae toppings. They were high school age, and I would've been about 10 or 11, I believe. The good old days, indeed.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

My wife & I go to DQ 2 or 3 times each summer, we love the taste of their ice cream.
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their once a year bubblegum with actual bubblegum was heaven
Best ice cream I ever had was bubblegum. This didn't have the chunks though. It was pink, completely smooth, and awesome. This was 50 years ago in an ice cream shop in JFK mall in Florida. The only bubblegum ice cream I've seen since is white with multi colored bubblegum chunks. You can buy bubblegum flavoring. I use it all the time. I've made bubblegum flavored cookies, cupcakes, frosting, and milkshakes. You have to add a smidgeon of red food coloring also to get the exact pink color of bubblegum. Once made a bubblegum cake. Used square cake pan and airbrushed the frosting to look like a Bazooka wrapper. You can make hollow cupcakes by crumpling up piece of wax paper into ball and putting one in each of the spots of cupcake pan. Pull out wax paper after baking and there's a hollow spot. Stick a piece of bubblegum in hollow spot. Cupcakes with bubblegum center.
There's root beer flavoring also. Can do all kinds of cool stuff with it. Root beer cake with vanilla frosting, vice verse. Root beer cookies with vanilla chips. Milkshakes.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

Baskin Robbins was my favorite as a kid but we moved out of their footprint.

These days the local places are the best.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

My wife and I go to Twistee Treat. I think it's a FL chain.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

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I’m confused by the question. If Baskin-Robbins and Dairy Queen are “semi-big,” what’s “big”?
Yeah, exactly. “Semi-big” makes me think of something like Graeter’s, which doesn’t have a large footprint in terms of shops, but has a much larger distribution footprint in grocery stores nationwide.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

Tastee-freeze and Sonic are good. I also like Menchie's. Cold Stone Creamery sucks.


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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

I don't have a favorite. They all have indifferent ice cream. I go to Dairy Queen and Sonic about once a year each because they're within a couple of miles of the house. If I want ice cream that doesn't taste of additives, I pull out the ice cream maker.

When I was a kid, there was a local ice cream shop called Weeks'. I went to school with one of the Weeks girls. Today the ice cream shop is long gone, but the intersection is still called Weeks Crossing. Now it has a Walmart and a Home Depot. Progress, I guess.

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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

Which chains would be considered "big" as opposed to "semi-big". Many of the ones you listed are the biggest ice cream chains that exist.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

I like DQ but DQ doesn’t like me. I’m not lactose intolerant but when I eat DQ ice cream it affects my body as if I was.

I guess of the ones listed I’d choose Cold Stone. I don’t eat there often, mostly because I’m not crazy about spending $15 for an ice cream cone.

I don’t have an opinion on BR. I thinks it’s been 20 years since I last had it.

Locally, we have a place called Walrus Ice Cream that beats all the chains, hands down. It’s a little hole-in-the-wall shop that makes their ice cream daily. It’s delicious.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

The German Chocolate Cake ice cream at Cold Stone is my fav.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

We only have Dairy Queen locally, which I do like pretty well. I like their soft serve and Blizzards. I’ve had Cold Stone a couple times but not for a while. I think they’re pretty good too.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

Back in the 70's, I loved Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour. All the kids in my neighborhood celebrated birthdays there every year. A bunch of rowdy children sitting around a long table eating hot dogs. Then the fire siren would blare and they'd bring out the giant 30-scoop ice cream sundae with everybody yelling and singing. After stuffing ourselves, we'd exit through the old fashioned candy shoppe with giant jars and barrels of penny candies. It was wonderful.

Unfortunately, they're all closed down these days. That CNBC show The Profit tried to save the last couple shops. But they closed for good last year.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farrel..._Cream_Parlour
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

Originally Posted by davidh777 View Post
I’m confused by the question. If Baskin-Robbins and Dairy Queen are “semi-big,” what’s “big”?
Originally Posted by printerati View Post
Yeah, exactly. “Semi-big” makes me think of something like Graeter’s, which doesn’t have a large footprint in terms of shops, but has a much larger distribution footprint in grocery stores nationwide.
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Which chains would be considered "big" as opposed to "semi-big". Many of the ones you listed are the biggest ice cream chains that exist.
Definitely high this time. Unless it's a "rouge."
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

I will say this in favor of ice cream parlors. Although an ice cream cone at one costs about the same as a 3/8-gallon container of ice cream from the grocery store, it's gone when I finish the cone. If I get a craving for one dish of ice cream and buy a 3/8-gallon container from the store, I feel obliged to eat all of it. Going to an ice cream parlor is better for my health.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

Count me in as one of those confused by the "semi-big" descriptor. At any rate, although I don't eat a lot of ice cream these days, I guess I'd go with DQ.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

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Back in the 70's, I loved Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour. All the kids in my neighborhood celebrated birthdays there every year. A bunch of rowdy children sitting around a long table eating hot dogs. Then the fire siren would blare and they'd bring out the giant 30-scoop ice cream sundae with everybody yelling and singing. After stuffing ourselves, we'd exit through the old fashioned candy shoppe with giant jars and barrels of penny candies. It was wonderful.

Unfortunately, they're all closed down these days. That CNBC show The Profit tried to save the last couple shops. But they closed for good last year.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farrel..._Cream_Parlour
Similar fond memories of Farrell’s and those fire alarm birthday moments.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

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I don’t go to enough ice cream shops to make a decision, but some of my relatives use to own a Maggie Moos ice cream shop (franchised for about 5 years). Just saw on Wikipedia, 400 locations at its peak. As of 2019, there are only 19 locations.

But my favorite is a family-owned local gelato shop. I always get half raspberry and half chocolate.

I had vacation plans to go Italy last week and one of my goals was to get some authentic Italian gelato. Well, we all know how that turned out
I remember Maggie Moo's! There was one in Gladstone, Missouri in the early 90s, went there all the time.

I chose Dairy Queen because there really aren't a lot of franchised ice cream places around Kansas City. The only other one I can think of is Culver's and while I like their burgers, I don't care for their ice cream.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

Originally Posted by TheBigDave View Post
Back in the 70's, I loved Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour. All the kids in my neighborhood celebrated birthdays there every year. A bunch of rowdy children sitting around a long table eating hot dogs. Then the fire siren would blare and they'd bring out the giant 30-scoop ice cream sundae with everybody yelling and singing. After stuffing ourselves, we'd exit through the old fashioned candy shoppe with giant jars and barrels of penny candies. It was wonderful.

Unfortunately, they're all closed down these days. That CNBC show The Profit tried to save the last couple shops. But they closed for good last year.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farrel..._Cream_Parlour
I grew up going to Farrell's, too. I hated the siren and the drums, and my parents were too cheap to buy anything big like that, but I still liked going.

Of the choices, I've never been to a Haagen-Daz, but that sounds like it would be where I would go now--at least I like their grocery store icecream better than most. Too much ice cream is too sweet and full of air. At least Haagen-Daz is dense.
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Re: Favorite ‘semi-big’ franchise ice-cream place?

My favorite is Freddy's. They serve steakburgers & frozen custard and are mostly in the midwest but expanding.

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