Handel’s Ice Cream Scoops Up National Recognition

CANFIELD, Ohio – Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream recently received recognition from two national publications. 

The ice cream company has been named to the Franchise Times 2024 Fast & Serious list and Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list.

This is the second consecutive year Handel’s has made the Franchise Times list. Rankings are determined through a proprietary formula that measures growth over a three-year period. 

Handel’s ranked No. 182 among the top 500 brands on the Entrepreneur list, up 100 spots from its ranking in 2023. 

“As we embark on the new year, we are excited to once again be recognized in these rankings,” said Andrew Brennan, Handel’s board member and interim CEO. “Our success over the past year is a testament to the legacy created by Alice Handel and Lenny Fisher, who founded and grew Handel’s from a single scoop shop into a thriving chain, as well as the commitment of each of our franchisees to make and serve the best ice cream on the planet to kids, families and ice cream lovers across the country.”

The company welcomed 30 new shops with new and existing franchise partners in 2023. And the brand expanded in several markets, including Ohio, Arizona, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Utah.

“We look forward to bringing our handcrafted flavors and warm hospitality to more communities in the year ahead,” Brennan said.

Handel’s, which was founded in 1945 by Alice Handel in Youngstown, has 125 locations across 12 states and is on its way to becoming a national brand.

“While we have grown significantly, we remain focused on serving great ice cream, never skimping, and providing ice cream experiences that delight the kids, families and ice cream lovers that visit our stores,” Brennan said. “We still have plenty of room for growth and are always considering new franchisees who buy into our mission and want to make a difference in their communities.”

Information about franchise opportunities can be found HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.