Ice cream is no doubt one of life’s greatest pleasures. Besides, this tasty frozen treat can be enjoyed by people of all ages. They come in a variety of flavours and are usually served in cones or cups. Here are the 10 most popular ice cream brands in the world in alphabetical order.
1) Baskin-Robbins (California, US)
This iconic ice cream brand needs no introduction. Originated from California in 1945, Baskin-Robbins is reputed for their “31 flavours” of ice cream. It was a popular concept that allowed their customers to sample different flavour for each day of the month. They also frequently introduced new flavours from time to time. Today, there are over 7,500 outlets in more than 50 countries including Malaysia, where you can easily locate them in major shopping malls as well as standalone physical stores.
2) Ben & Jerry’s (Vermont, US)
You have probably encountered this famous American ice cream brand before in major supermarkets in the freezer section, where they are sold in pint-sized tubs. They carry a wide range of exciting flavours like “Chunky Monkey” (banana ice cream with fudge chunks & walnuts) and “Chubby Hubby” (vanilla malt ice cream with peanut fudge-covered pretzels, fudge & peanut butter swirls).
3) Bulla (Victoria, Australia)
This family-owned Australian dairy company is known for manufacturing a premium range of dairy products from ice cream to cottage cheese. Just like the rest of their products, Bulla’s selection of ice creams is all crafted using only the freshest milk and cream.
4) Cold Stone Creamery (Arizona, US)
This Arizona-based ice parlour chain has been around since 1988. They specialise in premium ice cream using only the best ingredients with 12 to 14% butterfat and made fresh on a daily basis. One of the major selling points is their signature mix-in creations, which is basically a blend of your favourite ice cream with your choice of mix-ins (e.g. chocolate chips, cookie dough, Oreo cookies). Then, everything will be mixed in and folded altogether on a frozen granite stone. You can choose to personalise your own mix-ins or simply pick one of their “Signature Creations” such as “Founder’s Favourite” (sweet ice cream with pecans, brownie, fudge and caramel) and “Birthday Cake Remix” (cake batter ice cream with rainbow sprinkles, brownie and fudge). The good news is, Cold Stone Creamery has already made their presence in Malaysia this year at Pavilion KL and MyTown Cheras.
5) Dairy Queen (Illinois, US)
Dairy Queen or popularly known as DQ may be old school by today’s standard. But it remains as one of the most popular ice cream brands in the world that has managed to endure the test of time. We are talking about surviving for almost eight decades since its establishment in 1940! In 1985, they introduced a new type of ice cream known as “Blizzard”, which is basically a mechanically-blended soft serve with various add-ons like Oreos, M&M’s, cookie dough and brownie pieces.
6) Haagen-Dazs (New York, US)
Haagen-Dazs is often synonymous with premium ice cream, especially given its reputation for using only the finest ingredients as well as real cream and milk. The brand made its debut in 1961 by Reuben Mattus and his wife Rose, where they initially started with only three basic flavours: chocolate, vanilla and coffee. But their business has since grown into one of the world’s most recognisable ice cream brands and the rest, as they say, is history.
7) Iberry (Sukhumvit, Thailand)
Iberry prides itself in producing premium homemade ice cream using carefully-selected quality ingredients. They are particularly known for selling more than 100 flavours. Some of them are unique with the likes of “Tamarind Sorbet, “Pumpkin Almond”, “Wild Rice” and “Guava & Salted Plum”.
8) Inside Scoop (Malaysia)
America may be home to many popular ice cream brands. But we have our very own Inside Scoop made in Malaysia. Founded in 2013 by Edmund Tan and Shiew Li, they produce handmade ice cream using only quality ingredients with no artificial flavours or preservatives. Apart from serving familiar ice creams like vanilla and chocolate, Inside Scoop is particularly reputed for introducing uniquely Malaysian flavours such as durian and cempedak.
9) Meiji (Tokyo, Japan)
Founded in 1917 as a dairy company, it wasn’t until the year 1924 when Meiji first ventured into the ice cream business. They launched the Meiji Essel Super Cup range in 1994, which proved to be popular among many consumers. Some of the flavours available include vanilla, matcha, chocolate cookie and blueberry yoghurt.
10) Wall’s (London, UK)
It’s hard to believe that Wall’s actually started its business selling meat products back in 1786. They eventually found huge success when founder Richard Wall’s grandson Thomas Wall II introduced the ice cream product in the early 1920s. Now owned by Unilever, Wall’s has produced some of the world’s famous ice creams such as Cornetto and Magnum.