Some say that ice cream is the best and safest business to venture into because you can never go wrong with ice cream. Kids from age 2 to 92 will always crave for those sweet desserts. They are literally mouthwatering and they really do melt in your mouth. Here are four of the biggest names in the ice cream industry, let’s see how they compare to one another.
History and Growth
Sub Zero Ice Cream was established in Orem, Utah in 2004. They serve both ice cream and yogurt desserts. Sub Zero Ice cream currently has 49 locations in the United States.
Carvel Ice Cream however, started much earlier in Hartsdale, New York during in 1929. Carvel is best known for their soft serve ice cream and ice cream cakes. At present, Carvel has expanded to over 530 locations in 30 states and moved their headquarters to Farmington, Connecticut.
Baskin and Robbins, the world’s largest ice cream chain, is based in Canton, Massachusetts. It originally started in Glendale, California in 1945. Today, Baskin and Robbins has over 7,300 locations in 50 countries.
Dairy Queen, also known simply as DQ, started in Joliet, Illinois in 1940. DQ is best known for their soft-served ice cream. As of present date, Dairy Queen already has 6,400 stores in 27 countries.
What’s in their Menu?
Sub Zero is a create-your-own ice cream parlor. You start off by choosing the base of your ice cream. You can either choose their original custard base, low-fat, yogurt, lactose-free, vegan or sugar free. Then, you have to choose from 18 flavors of ice cream some of which are blackberry, cake batter, caramel, cheesecake, cherry, chocolate, cinnamon, coconut and coffee. Lastly, you have to choose your mix-ins there are 17 mix-ins to choose from; almonds, Andes mints, brownies, cheesecake bites, chocolate flakes and flakes then, they can start blending. All these cho9ices give you 1,836 possible flavors and that’s if you are only going to choose one mix-in.
Carvel Ice cream has 18 Soft-Serve flavors which includes popular flavors of Banana, Black raspberry, Cake Mix, Cappuccino, Chocolate, and Coffee. They also serve 66 Hand Dipped flavors; some examples are Banana Fudge, Banana Nut, Banana Peanut Butter, Lemon, Lollipop, Maple Chip, Rocky Road, Rum Raisin and Strawberry. For a combination of ice cream, syrup and other surprises, they are also offering 8 flavors of ice cream sundaes; Bananas Foster, Eggnog, Fudge Brownie. And lastly, they have thick shakes in flavors of Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Black and White, Oreo and Coffee.
Baskin and Robbins doesn’t go for the ordinary flavors but always makes up their own concoctions. They have 51 original ice cream flavors which include Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee ‘n Donut, America’s Birthday Cake, Bananas Foster, Baseball Nut, Black Walnut and Cherries Jubilee to name a few. For the weight-watchers and those who are careful about their sugar levels, Baskin and Robbins has a special section called “Bright Choice” which has 6 flavors; Fat-Free Frozen Vanilla, Greek Sunset Greek, Sugar-Free Truffle, Sugar-Free Pineapple Coconut, Raspberry Sinceri-Tea and Watermelon Splash. Aside from ice cream, Baskin and Robbins is also well known for their ice cream cakes. You can choose from what’s available in their store displays or they can customize one for you.
Dairy Queen specializes in soft served ice cream. They serve 15 flavors of Blizzards; Jurassic Smash, Brownie Cookie Dough, Brownie Batter, Salted Caramel Truffle, Chocolate Extreme, Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Oreo Cookies, Banana Split and Turtle Pecan Cluster. For their branded Candy based Blizzards, they have Sneakers, Butterfinger, Heath, M&M and Reese’s Peanut Butter. They also have 4 ice cream cones; Vanilla, Chocolate Dip, Vanilla in Waffle Cone, Vanilla in Chocolate Waffle Cone. Then, they have 5 Sundaes and a Banana Split. For Milk Shakes, they have 6 flavors. And finally, they also have 4 Moolatte Frozen Bended Coffee flavors.
What’s the Best?
In terms of flavor options, Sub Zero has the advantage because of their mix-and-match approach to blending your ice cream there are 1,836 flavor possibilities and that is only when you are going to choose one mix-in. when people get to choose multiple mix-ins, the flavor choices increases exponentially. However, there is something dull about not seeing the ice cream. That would be like buying a shirt by just describing its size and color without actually seeing or touching the product.
For the traditional ice cream, the choice would be Baskin and Robbins and it has been the choice of many, proof of which is its impressive growth, With a multitude of people patronizing 7,330 stores all over the world, how so many be wrong? No doubt, Baskin and Robbins is King.
Dairy Queen is best when it comes to soft serve-ice cream. In fact, a lot of people are already referring to soft-serve ice cream as a Blizzard with Dairy Queens popularity.
As for Carvel, it is the sentimental and traditional favorite. Behind its taste is the perfect American couple’s tale of hard work, dedication and success.
In the end, all ice cream treats are great treats, and if a man has only one day to live, a part of that day will probably be preferred to be spent in a Baskin and Robbins, Sub Zero, Carvel or Dairy Queen Store for one last scoop of life’s goodness.