We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Baskin Robbins, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the popular ice cream chain that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: Irv Robbins Had a Swimming Pool Shaped Like an Ice Cream Cone
This guy really liked ice cream, because not only did his entire life revolve around it, but he brought it into his home as well! Irv Robbins had a pool in the shape of an ice cream cone and he even named his boat “32nd Flavor.”
Number Seven: Robbins Also Ate Cereal With Ice Cream
Rather than pour milk over his morning cereal and leave it at that, Irv Robbins often put banana ice cream on top of his cereal. He reportedly went through a quart of the stuff every few days.
Number Six: Baskin Robbins Had a Flavor Fiasco
The chain introduced a flavor they called “Cold Duck,” which was named after Cold Duck sparkling wine. However, after Japanese stores began promoting the flavor by hanging dead ducks in store windows, they had to do some major PR recovery.
Number Five: Obama Worked at One of Their Stores
It’s true! President Barack Obama himself worked at Baskin Robbins. Other celebrities to work there include Julia Roberts, Taryn Manning, and Eric Dane.
Number Four: Howard Hughes Had an Obsession With It
Specifically, Hughes was a huge fan of the chain’s Banana Nut flavor. Hughes loved the flavor so much that he ordered 100 gallons of it when he learned it was being discontinued.
Number Three: It’s Not All in the Family
Though the two men who started the company were in-laws, it wasn’t always that way. Irv Robbins’ son walked away from the company and had no interest in being associated with it at all.
Number Two: Burt Baskin Died of a Heart Attack
Though Irv Robbins lived until 2008 when he was 91 years old, Burt Baskin died in 1967 when he was just 54 years old. He died of a heart attack.
Number One: The Company Holds Two Impressive World Records
The chain is responsible for producing the largest ice cream scoop pyramid in the world as well as the most ice cream cones scooped in one minute. We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Baskin Robbins!