Dippin' Dots Franchising LLC

Initial Investment

LOW: $112,204
HIGH: $376,950

Change in Units

-0.8% -1 UNITS (1 Year)
+2.3% +3 UNITS (3 Years)

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Company Profile



Franchising Since

1999 (17 Years)

Corporate Address

2775 W. Park Dr. Paducah, KY 42001


Michael Barrette

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.


Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$112,204 - $376,950

Net-worth Requirement


Liquid Cash Requirement


Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee


Ongoing Royalty Fee


Ad Royalty Fee


Financing Options

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

Veteran Incentives

15% off franchise fee

Franchise 500® Rank History

  • 2008 - 112
  • 2009 - 175
  • 2016 - 312

* Not all years were ranked

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S. and in the following regions/states: See List

Operations & Franchisor Support

Training Onsite: 2 days

Training at headquarters: 3 days

Ongoing Support
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Ad Slicks
Regional Media

Number of employees required to run: 1

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Updated: September 29th, 2016

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