Baskin Robbins: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Baskin Robbins has become one of the most popular ice cream franchises of all time. However, despite the fact that the chain has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Baskin Robbins. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: Baskin And Robbins Are Two Guys, And They’re In-Laws

Nope, the chain wasn’t named after one person with the last name Baskin Robbins. Ivy Robbins grew up working in an ice cream show owned by his dad and ended up working with his brother-in-law, Burt Baskin, later in life. The two had their own separate ice cream chains at first but eventually combined them.

Number Fourteen: The Name Is the Result of a Coin Flip

Deciding whether the chain would be Baskin Robbins or Robbins Baskin was a bit of a dilemma, so the two simply figured it out with a coin flip. Baskin won.

Number Thirteen: They Sell More Than 31 Flavors

Though the number 31 is thrown around a lot as the number of flavors they offer, this isn’t actually the case. Over the years, the company has offered more than 1,000 flavors of ice cream.

Number Twelve: It’s Responsible for Inventing Pralines and Cream Ice Cream

It’s true! Irv and Irma Robbins reportedly came up with the flavor after mixing some pralines they had got on a trip to New Orleans with vanilla ice cream. They drizzled caramel on top, and the rest is history.

Number Eleven: Baskin Robbins Sued Haagen-Dazs

Following our last point, the company was so protective of the pralines and cream flavor that it actually sued Haagen-Dazs in 1985. They sued the company for releasing their own version of pralines and cream ice cream.

Number Ten: They Made a Flavor for America’s Bicentennial

And it was called “Valley Forge Fudge.” The flavor was designed for President Ford since the bicentennial was in 1976.

Number Nine: Some Flavors Don’t Make it Into Stores

Some flavors that have hit the company’s cutting room floor include ketchup ice cream, Grape Britain ice cream, and Lox and Bagels ice cream. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Baskin Robbins, coming soon!