The Baskin-Robbins franchise began in 1932 when Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins had the idea of offering 31 flavors of ice cream since all the other ice cream shops they knew of offered only vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry flavors. Fast forward to today, and the brand has made over 1,400 flavors of ice cream. These flavors range from turkey dinner flavored ice cream to Pralines n’ Cream. In addition to delicious ice cream and other frozen desserts, Baskin-Robbins also partnered with Dunkin’ to raise money for hungry children in the Joy in Childhood Foundation. If you're interested in running an ice cream franchise, Baskin-Robbins is for you. 


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Baskin-Robbins Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


Founded: 1945
First franchise sold: 1948
Units sold: 7,752
Canada: Yes
International: Yes 

Company Details

The ice cream industry is a multi-billion dollar business and isn't slowing down. America’s ice cream franchises are well-known and beloved worldwide. Ice cream contributes over $13 billion to the U.S. economy and adds 28,800 jobs. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) produced the most recent estimate stating that over 6.4 billion pounds of ice cream and other frozen desserts were produced in the U.S. alone. As you can see, ice cream isn’t the seasonal business some may think it is. There are many benefits to opening an ice cream franchise. For example, the average American consumer 23 pounds of ice cream and other frozen desserts a year. The demand is very strong. Baskin-Robbins strongly believes in the social aspect that ice cream has and designed its shops as gathering spots for people to meet. Today, more than 300 million people visit Baskin‑Robbins each year. This is a number that will only continue to grow as Baskin‑Robbins spreads throughout the world. This social impact can be seen through the Joy in Childhood Foundation charity, which raises money for children who are hungry and in need. Baskin-Robbins makes itself relevant by being in Dunkin' restaurants and being included with coffee and food options. This ensures that it is not just a seasonal treat and can be enjoyed year round. In terms of the most popular flavors, the company says its best sellers are Vanilla, Chocolate, Mint Chocolate Chip, Pralines n’ Cream and Chocolate Chip. If ice cream is your thing, Baskin-Robbins is a good investment for you. 


Support and Training Offered By Baskin-Robbins

In terms of support and training, Baskin-Robbins offers franchisees a three week training program that includes Technical Training  that is live and in-store, Instructor-Led Classroom Training, Online Learning Management System, and Mentoring and Skill Building. Additionally,  the company makes it a point to give franchisees a suite of marketing materials that get the word out about the business.

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Baskin-Robbins Franchise.

What does a Baskin-Robbins Franchise Cost?

Baskin-Robbins franchise fees for 2024:

Initial Franchise Fee $12,500 - $25,000
Initial Investment $90,985 - $625,185
Net Worth Requirement $250,000
Cash Requirement $125,000
Veteran Incentives First-store franchise fee waived; 20% off franchise fee for up to four additional stores
Royalty Fee 5.9%
Ad Royalty Fee 5%
Term of Agreement 20 years

Is Baskin-Robbins a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Baskin-Robbins is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Baskin-Robbins a Home Based franchise?

No. Baskin-Robbins is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Baskin-Robbins Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Baskin-Robbins franchisees make. Baskin-Robbins offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Does Baskin-Robbins Offer a Veteran Discount?

Yes. Baskin-Robbins franchise does offer a veteran discount.

Is Baskin-Robbins Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

Yes. Baskin-Robbins franchise is looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Baskin-Robbins Looking for International franchisees?

Yes. Baskin-Robbins franchise is looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see Baskin-Robbins's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants, Frozen Yogurt / Ice Cream

Number of Units Open

100+ UNITS

Cash Required

More than $250,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


Baskin-Robbins Franchises for Sale

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