Handel's Homemade Ice Cream Franchise Opportunity
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Handel's Homemade Ice Cream Franchise Opportunity


Had lots of success over the years...a lot of fun over the years...it’s been a good run, we’re very happy we did it. My brother-in-law opened a store in Greenwood, Indiana three years ago, very successful, he’s doing great, loves the business...so we obviously believe in the product or I would never have put him in the business. If you’re thinking about the move, you won’t regret it. It’s been great for us over the last 20 years.

Greg Glaros
Multiple store franchisee owner

My customer came to the store. She had just left the hospital after giving birth to her first child and the first thing she wanted more than anything else, more than a shower...was getting Handel's ice cream. How awesome is that? We're super lucky to have such a fan base of people who love being here. ...ice cream is happy business, that is one of the best parts of the job.

Casey Buchanan
Franchisee owner, Berwin, Pennsylvania

Financial Information:

Cash Investment: $250,000
Net Worth: $500,000
Franchise Fee: $50,000
Total Investment: $311,000 - $936,000
Royalty Fee: 6%

Available Markets:

United States: AL, AR, CA, CO, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MI, MS, MO, NJ, NM, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

Scoop Up The Fastest Growing Franchise

If you're going to join a franchise, why not join the #1 fastest growing franchise in its category? The one that piles on triple scoops of fun, happiness and opportunity for you, and gives you a start-to-finish recipe for success that's proven to work? Handel's Ice Cream offers just that and more.

Handel's Homemade Ice Cream Franchise Opportunity

Why Handel's Leads The Frozen Treats Pack

Our delicious homemade recipes were named "best on the planet" in National Geographic's "10 Best of Everything. Our franchise operation was named one of the top 500 Franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine. Exceptional year-after-year same store sales growth plus superior average unit volume vs other ice cream shops puts us ahead of the frozen treats pack. Our old-fashioned way of doing things is creating a unique opportunity for you in an ice-cream loving country that's craving our homemade goodness.

All our recipes are made fresh daily just the way our founder Alice Handel did when she whipped up the first batch in 1945. People literally line up for Handel's in the market's when we arrive - just the way the neighborhood kids lined up for Alice. We started as a family business and are proud to keep that same mentality as we continue to grow generation after generation.

The people like you who join the Handel's family truly do become family. We take great pride in the relationships we build with you and all of our franchisees.

The Handel's Difference At A Glance

  • Handel's Homemade Ice Cream Franchise OpportunityLegendary ice cream gives you a proven, memorable product at the heart of your business
  • Voted #1 Ice Cream on the planet by National Geographic's '10 Best of Everything"
  • #1 fastest-growing Snacks & Treats brand in Franchise Times Top 400
  • Chosen as one of the Top 500 Franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Robust growth rates on Transaction Count and Check Average
  • Strong Growth in Same Store Sales year over year
  • Chosen as one of the Top 500 Restaurants in America by Nation's Restaurant News
  • Exceptional Average Unit Volume vs other ice cream shops
  • A differentiated brand that drives foot traffic
  • #17 on Franchise Times' 2023 Fast & Serious List of Smartest-Growing Franchise Brands

How Much Does It Cost?

Handel's Homemade Ice Cream has a franchise fee of $50,000, with a total initial investment range from $311,000 - $936,000.

  • Net Worth Requirement: $500,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement: $250,000

Our Proven Step-By-Step Process Makes It Simple

We've been succeeding, one franchise at a time, since 1945. So we've perfected a proven, efficient step-by-step process to ensure your success. By capitalizing on the wealth of knowledge we have in the ice cream business, our beloved brand and the stability of our system, you gain a huge competitive edge over someone starting on their own.

Handel's Homemade Ice Cream Franchise OpportunityFrom helping you select your store site and assisting with the building, we'll be right by your side to help from the very start.

And through our tight knit franchise owner network, we provide support services for operations, marketing and training -- every single detail of building your business. As a franchisee, you'll also have important input on product and business development. Our successful franchise relationships don't come without hard work. But with Handel's, it's a labor of love as you discover the joy of treating families, friends and neighbors with America's favorite frozen homemade scoops and dishes.

We also support all our franchisees involvement in their communities. So you'll not only make people happy dishing out amazing ice cream, you'll also make difference in your community.

Submit An Application Today

If this is starting to sound as good to you as a four scoop sampler of our homemade ice cream, take the next step. Go to https://handelsicecream.com/franchise-inquiry-form/ and fill out an inquiry form. Then we can lay out what the rest of the process looks for becoming a Handel's franchisee. We get a lot of inquiries for a limited number of openings, so if you're interested, don't delay.

It's not often an opportunity this sweet comes along.

This web page does not constitute a franchise offering or an offer to sell a franchise. A franchise offering can be made by us only in a state if we are first registered, excluded, exempted or otherwise qualified to offer franchises in that state, and only if we provide you with an appropriate franchise disclosure document.

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