Philadelphia, PA - Looking for the best ice cream in Pennsylvania, look no further than Old City, Philadelphia. The Franklin Fountain at 116 Market St. in Old City is the best ice cream shop, according to a list by Business Insider.
Philly's Franklin Fountain
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"The Franklin Fountain brings back the authentic soda fountains of old-school Philadelphia," Business Insider said. "Folks from all over Philly come for sundaes, splits, cups and cones at the beloved shop."
About The Franklin Fountain
In celebration of the Tercentenary of the Birth of Benjamin Franklin, we at The Franklin Fountain felt it necessary in his spirit to do something “big.” On March 3rd, 2006, our fountain clerks served the first batch of HOMEMADE ice cream, Philadelphia Vanilla Bean. Within a few short weeks, Brother Eric was plowing through all of the flavors the Fountain was famous for Mint Chip (green and white), Rocky Road, and Peanut Butter, to name a few. Although it seemed overnight, Eric was fully underway making what we call FRANKLIN ICE CREAM.
Over the years, thousands of businesses have prospered under the name “Franklin” as the man inspired many entrepreneurs. As companies from Kansas City, Omaha, Indianapolis, and Toledo all separately branded their “Franklin Ice Cream.” With the emergence of large food conglomerates, each of these regional ice cream companies disappeared, leaving little but memories and wonderful advertisements. We have collected some of these period items, including a 1920s porcelain sign hanging on the Fountain exterior today.
The message on the sign says it simply: FRANKLIN ICE CREAM: ALL-WAYS.
In our view, Franklin was a man of Integrity, and the Ice cream we make must satisfy this goal. Milk & cream come from Berks and Lancaster Counties and are processed by a family-owned dairy dating back to 1920; the fruit, nuts, and chocolates we incorporate into the flavors are obtained locally.