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Pumpkin Ice Cream is Back!Pumpkin clip art

Made with real pumpkin and spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, it is just like a slice of Grandma's pumpkin pie.  Check our Featured Flavor page for dipping parlor and pint locations near you. 



Where Are The Best Ice Cream Shops in America?

WHYY Experience cup

PBS Food asked fans to nominate their favorite ice cream shops, and thousands responded.  Bassetts is on the list.  And several other parlors that sell Bassetts Ice Cream, including Bredenbeck's Bakery and Browns Cow. To see the list, click Here.

Did you know that Bassetts created a special flavor, with help from WHYY's fans, several years ago to celebrate the WHYY production "The Philly Food Show" which featured Bassetts Ice Cream and other iconic Philadelphia foods?  The WHYY Experience is vanilla ice cream swirled with butterscotch sauce and blended with chocolate covered pretzel pieces.  

 

Family Business magazine ProfileFamily Business cover

Bassetts Ice Cream is featured in the July/August edition of Family Business, The Guide for Family Companies.  The article,   Ice cream pioneers in historic market by Patricia Olsen, features interviews with several family members, and describes some of the history and operations of the family and the business.  To read the complete article, click here.


 

China Screams for Imported American Ice Cream
Fuzhou Grand Opening
A nice article in Bloomberg Businessweek about our venture into China.


 


Audio with Flavor
Phillip Silverstone
Phillip Silverstone is the producer and host of "Time Out with Phillip Silverstone" heard globally each week on TuneIn Radio.  The show's weekly features include movies, fashion, wine, music and celebrity guests.  AND, on May 10, 2013 he began weekly chats with Bassetts Ice Cream's President Michael Strange! Since the May 10 interview, Michael has chatted weekly with Phillip about topics related to all things ice cream. Click Here to listen to  Michael's chats with Phillip.

 

Philadelphia Bar Association commissions Bassetts Ice Cream Painting
Workers Comp Painting
The Philadelphia Bar Association Workers Compensation Arts Committee has commissioned eight paintings to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the enactment of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act.  Bassetts Ice Cream was selected by the committee, including The Honorable Scott Olin, as the subject for the fifth painting in the series.  The paintings will hang in the public corridor outside the courtrooms located on the 4th Floor at 8th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia.  The Bassetts painting was painted by Shaina Anderson, a University of the Arts graduate, and sponsored by the law firm of Steiner, Segal, Muller and Donan. The theme of the painting is based in part on a home movie that was made in the 1930s by Lewis L. Bassett, Jr. (3rd generation) about the ice cream production process in the Reading Terminal Market. The painting was unveiled on April 25 at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Martha Hampton Award Luncheon at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

  

In the Movies...
Lexington Candy Shop in New York City, a longtime Bassetts Ice Cream customer, (who was also chosen as a place to get one of America's 17 Best Milkshakes by TheDailyMeal.com, using Bassetts Ice Cream!) was a location shoot for a scene in the new Woody Allen movie "Fading Gigolo."  Check out the Bassetts Ice Cream flavorboard in the background--it appears from 1:23 to 1:30 of the trailer.

Lexington Candy Shop, New York 


Zagat:  14 Best Milkshakes Around Philly

Chocolate Overload MilkshakeBassetts Ice Cream's Chocolate Overload Milkshake has been named one of the 14 Best Milkshakes Around Philly by Zagat.

Also included on the list is the Butterscotch Bourbon Pie Shake at Magpie Artisan Pies, a Bassetts customer, located at 1622 South Street, Philadelphia.  The combination of their delicious pies with Bassetts ultra creamy vanilla ice cream is out of this world! Definitely worth the trip.

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ratifying to have our ice cream get kudos from our own store, but extra nice to see our customers get them too.


The Flavor of a Family Business--The New York Times
On Sunday, May 4th, there was a great article in The New York Times about our very own Eric Bassett, 6th generation of our family.  Click Here to read the article.


Philadelphia Chocolate Tours-the sweetest tours in town!Phila Choco Tour

Guided walking and tasting tours of Philadelphia chocolate shops and cafes, including Bassetts Ice Cream! We are honored to be a part of the tour and are looking forward to serving all the Chocolate Lovers out there. If you are interested in joining a tour be sure to check out their website for more information.

 

Bassetts Ice Cream is in China!
In May 2008, the first order of Bassetts Ice Cream was sent by container ship to Beijing, China.  In July 2008, the first overseas ice cream shop serving Bassetts Ice Cream was opened in Yantai, a coastal city southeast of Beijing, by Mr. Sun Gongyun (James Sun). Two additional store locations were opened in Taiyuan and another just celebrated a grand opening in Fuzhou.  Mr. Sun established the Beijing Sino-American Food Company in order to introduce Bassetts "World Famous" Ice Cream to this rapidly developing market.  In addition to his ice cream shops, Mr. Sun is distributing Bassetts Ice Cream to restaurants, hotels and grocery stores.  Today, China is the second largest market for Bassetts Ice Cream Company, outside the Philadelphia area.  Recently, Bassetts President Michael Strange and Reading Terminal Market store operator Roger Bassett traveled to China to meet with Mr. Sun and visit the stores and see future sites for Bassetts Ice Cream locations in China. (Click here to view a photo gallery from the trip.)

Bassetts Ice Cream marks 150th Year Anniversary in 2011!
Bassetts Ice Cream celebrated it's 150th Anniversary at the 5th Annual Ultimate Philadelphia Ice Cream Festival on July 16th, 2011. Highlights of the day included ice cream eating contests, tastings, games, live music and a cake cutting by the Bassett family.
(Click Here for photos from the celebration)

President Obama stopped by Bassetts Ice Cream!
President ObamaWhen the President was in Philadelphia on Monday, September 20th, 2010, he stopped into the Reading Terminal Market and purchased cheesesteaks, apples and Bassetts Ice Cream! He shook hands with Michael Strange, the president of Bassetts Ice Cream, and Roger Bassett served him mint chocolate chip ice cream.
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  • President Obama's Visit to Bassetts Ice Cream, September 20, 2010
  • Ann Bassett, Mayor Nutter, and Michael Strange
  • Preston & Steve with Gadzooks Pints
  • Roger Bassett and Michael Strange
  • George Washington and the family
  • The Drip - Bassetts Ice Cream

Bassetts Ice Cream

A fifth-generation family business and a Philadelphia tradition since 1861, Bassetts Ice Cream Company is a full-service frozen dessert distributor, offering outstanding products and superior service.

We deliver our products In the Philadelphia region, and outside of Philadelphia we have distributors in other areas, including New York and Florida, that deliver our products.

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