Dippin' Dots Franchising LLC

At a Glance

Products & Services: Specialty ice cream, frozen yogurt, ices, sorbet

Number of Locations: 130

Total Investment: $112.2K - $376.95K

Founded: 1988

Began Franchising: 1999

About Dippin' Dots Franchising LLC

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.

Because of Jones' flash-freezing process, Dippin' Dots ice cream forms into little balls (hence the term "dots"), but unlike freeze-dried products, the ice cream can still melt.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2015 115 1 13 1
2014 116 1 13 1
2013 112 1 13 1
2012 114 1 13 1
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the U.S.,Africa, Asia, Central America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Mexico, South America, Western Europe.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $112,204 - $376,950
Franchise Fee: $15,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: Varies
Term of Franchise Agreement: 5 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 15% Off Initial Franchise Fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $250,000
Liquid Cash Available: $80,000
Franchise can be run from home. 90% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 1. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Financing Type In-House Third Party
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 2 days. At franchisee's location: 1 day.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Field operations/evaluations, Lease Negotiation
Marketing Support: Ad slicks, National media,
Other marketing support: Online