Ice cream from the Golden State
by Alexander Quebec
California certainly has it’s share of restaurants founded within it’s borders, and ice cream is no exception. Today marks National Ice Cream Day, and to celebrate, here is our list of Ice Cream companies founded right here in California. Take a look and see the whos who in Ice Cream now
Smitten (San Francisco)
While definitely a new comer on this list; Smitten has risen in popularity from a small radio flyer wagon pulled around by owner Robyn Sue Fisher, to over 7 shops in California. Using liquid nitrogen to freeze the made to order mixture, this combination gives the ice cream a unique, creamy texture compared to ice cream made by conventional means.
Double Rainbow (San Francisco)
In 1976, two Brooklyn transplants, Michael Sachar and Steve Fink, made their way to San Francisco to open up an ice cream shop. The day they signed their lease, a double rainbow appeared in the sky, and thus the name Double Rainbow was born. The duo created their own flavors and later on, distributed throughout the region through supermarkets and grocery stories as well as through their own ice cream shops throughout the area.
When founders Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins combined their two ice cream parlors in 1945, they probably had no idea it would lead to the world’s largest ice cream chain. With over 7,300 locations worldwide; the company, founded in Glendale, popularized the 31 flavors mantra, one flavor for each day of the month.
Joseph Edy and William Dreyer were both owners of successful businesses before joining forces to create a partnership which lead to the popular brand of ice cream found in supermarkets today. Edy ran a chain of candy shops in Oakland, while Dreyer owned and operated a creamery outside of Visalia. The two eventually met and created Edy’s Grand Ice Cream, which would later become Dryer’s in 1963. Another interesting fact; The flavor Rocky Road was invented by the company, to describe both the texture of the ice cream and the troubling, economic times during The Great Depression.
The It’s-It Ice Cream treat was invented in San Francisco’s Playland At The Beach in 1928. The combination of a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream, sandwiched between two oatmeal raisin cookies and covered in dark chocolate caused the millions of fans to call it “It”, and thus the name stuck. Playland was demolished in the 1970’s, but the treat lived on, first in a small shop in SOMA, then to their current factory in Burlingame, where millions of people across the Western United States and New York enjoy the unique “San Francisco Experience”.
So there you have it, a list of ice cream treats coming straight from California. Which one is your favorite? Did we miss anyone from this list? Let us know in the comments below.