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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#276 Ranked #207 last year
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Initial investment
$112K - $367K
Units as of 2021
226 2.7% over 3 years

Company Overview

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.

About Dippin' Dots

Industry
Food
Related Categories
Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, Ices
Founded
1988
Leadership
Steve Rothenstein, Sr. Director of Franchising

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1999 (22 years)
# of employees at HQ
15
# of Units
226 (as of 2021)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
155 Main St.
Paducah, KY 42003

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Dippin' Dots franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
$15,000
Initial Investment
$112,204 - $366,950
Net Worth Requirement
$250,000
Cash Requirement
$80,000
Veteran Incentives
15% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee
Varies
Ad Royalty Fee
Varies
Term of Agreement
5 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing
Dippin' Dots has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
12 hours
Classroom Training
19 hours
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Marketing Planning & Support
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Yes
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
# of employees required to run
1
Are exclusive territories available?
No

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Additional Rankings

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Ranked #276

Franchise 500 Ranking

Ranked #48

Top Franchises for Less Than $150,000

Ranked #5 in Ice Cream

Top Food Franchises

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Updated: February 8th, 2021