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Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt

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Handel's Enterprises LLC
Handel's Homemade Ice Cream
Company typePrivate
GenreIce cream parlor
FoundedJuly 15, 1945; 78 years ago (1945-07-15) in Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
FounderAlice Handel
Number of locations
120 as of May 23, 2023[1]
Area served
14 states in the U.S.
ProductsIce cream • frozen treats
RevenueIncreaseUS$30 million (2018)[1]
OwnerLeonard Fisher
Number of employees
925 (2021)
A Handel's Ice Cream shop in Oregon in 2018

Handel's Homemade Ice Cream is an ice cream company franchise founded by Alice Handel in 1945 in Youngstown, Ohio.[2] As of January 2024, the company operates 125 corporate and franchise stores in 12 states. Today, it is owned by Leonard Fisher and maintains a corporate headquarters in Canfield, Ohio. Handel's also has its own neighborhood district located in Youngstown.


Handel's Ice Cream began when Alice Handel started serving ice cream from her husband's gas station in Youngstown, Ohio in the summer of 1945. The first batches were made using fresh fruit she picked from her own backyard, with old fashioned recipes. Handel's includes locations in Ohio and 13 other states across the US. The menu also expanded to over 150 flavors of homemade ice cream.[citation needed]


Its success has been reported in various publications including the Travel Channel, which recognized Handel's as "One of the Best Ice Cream Parlors in the Country." In July 2002, USA Today rated it as one of the top-ten best ice cream businesses in the country.[3] In 2020, Handel's was named as one of the top 500 franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 ranking.[4] The original stand—still located in Youngstown, Ohio—has been quoted as “The Busiest Ice Cream Stand in America” by Ohio Restaurant News.

It has been described by Ohio Restaurant News as "The Busiest Ice Cream Stand in America". Chocolatier Magazine called Handel's "One of the Best Ice Creams in America." In 2006, National Geographic named Handel's the #1 ice cream in its 10 Best of Everything book.[5] Handel's success has also been documented by People Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and the book Everyone Loves Ice Cream.[6]

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  1. ^ a b DiFurio, Dom; McCaffrey, Orla (June 14, 2019). "Whataburger's founding family sells controlling stake in iconic Texas chain". Dallas News. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "Handel's sees majority investment from California firm". Mahoning Matters. January 28, 2020.
  3. ^ Fuqua, Joseph (19 July 2002). "10 Great Places to Scream for Ice Cream" (PDF). No. Travel. USA Today. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Franchise 500 Ranking". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Handel's In The News". Handel's Homemade Ice Cream. Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
  6. ^ "Handel's history". Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.

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