Carvel is an ice cream franchise owned by FOCUS Brands – Carvel is well-known for its soft serve ice cream, its round Flying Saucer ice cream sandwiches, and its ice cream cakes (including Fudgie the Whale, Hug Me the Bear, and Cookie Puss - only available in the franchised stores). In the franchise stores the cake is made there, frozen solid, decorated and placed in the case to be sold. These stores can also customize their freshly made cakes in a variety of ways, such as flavor changes or putting photo images on cakes. In addition to their franchised locations, FOCUS Brands' Celebration Foods division produces ice cream cakes for supermarket sales. Celebration Foods has distribution reaching over 49 states in close to 9,500 supermarkets, super centers, and club stores.
Mint Chocolate Chip is an ice cream flavor composed of mint ice cream and small chips of mint chocolate. In some cases the liqueur creme de menthe is used to provide the mint flavor, but in most cases peppermint or spearmint flavoring is used. It is usually green , but may be white in "all natural" or "organic" varieties.
Some brands name it Chocolate (or Choco) Chip Mint, Chocolate (or Choco) Mint Chip, Mint 'n Chip, or just Mint Chip. It is also known as Peppermint Bon Bon in some regions of the world, including the American Midwest.
Bruster's Ice Cream is a chain of ice cream parlors, whose ice cream and frozen yogurt is made from a pre-made mix at each individual store. Their primary operating region is in most states east of the Mississippi River, and more specifically in western Pennsylvania, where the chain is based.
In 1989, Reed decided to open an ice-cream shop right next door to Jerry's, which by this point he now operated himself. The chain has rapidly expanded since, and is now located in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The chain is especially popular in its home Pittsburgh market, where many Pittsburghers consider it the best tasting ice cream in the region. Bruster's remains headquartered in Bridgewater.
Breyers Ice Cream is a brand of ice cream owned by Unilever (part of their United States Good Humor-Breyers unit). They have a large plant in the town of Framingham, Massachusetts, outside Boston.
Breyers has a variety of different product lines including:
- All Natural - Uses all natural ingredients derived from natural sources, however, not as natural as they used to be (for example, 'Chocolate Flavored Chips' and the addition of Tara Gum as a stabilizer to promote a creaminess for cost-cutting measures).
- Smooth & Dreamy - Uses all natural ingredients with half the fat and fewer calories than regular ice cream."
- Double Churn Fat Free - Fat Free Ice Cream
- Double Churn No Sugar Added - Creamy ice cream with no sugar added.
- Carb Smart - A low-carb ice cream product with 4 grams of net carbs per 1/2 cup serving.