Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt

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Handel's Enterprises LLC
Handel's Homemade Ice Cream
TypePrivate
IndustryDessert
GenreIce cream parlor
FoundedJuly 15, 1945; 77 years ago (1945-07-15) in Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
FounderAlice Handel
Headquarters,
Number of locations
73 as of June 22, 2021[1]
Area served
11 states in the U.S.
Key people
Rich Matherne (CEO)
ProductsIce cream • frozen treats
RevenueIncreaseUS$30 million (2018)[1]
OwnerLeonard Fisher
Number of employees
925 (2021)
Websitehandelsicecream.com
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 December 2022, the company is operating 90 corporate and franchise stores in 11 states. Today, it is owned by Leonard Fisher and maintains a corporate headquarters in Canfield, Ohio.

History[edit]

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, Arizona, Alabama, California, Indiana, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas and Utah. The menu also expanded to over 150 flavors of homemade ice cream.[3] 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."

Recognition[edit]

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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Notes[edit]

  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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  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. Entrepreneur. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Handel's In The News". Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
  6. ^ "Handel's history". Retrieved 27 February 2015.

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