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Philly Ice Cream Scoop

Join us for a delicious day as we bring together local, independent ice cream businesses with Reading Terminal Market merchants to celebrate Philly's rich ice cream heritage.

• Ice cream specials at various Market merchants
• 13 Philly ice cream vendor favorites (Bassetts Ice CreamLittle Baby's Ice CreamZsa's Ice CreamLil' Pop ShopWeckerly's Ice CreamKreider FarmsFranklin FountainBright Yellow CreameryCapogiro Gelato ArtisansMiller's TwistMetropolitan BakeryDre's Water Ice and Ice Cream& Chilly Philly Ice Cream)
• Ice cream eating contests
• Ice cream themed fun & games
• Arts & Crafts
• Ice cream demos in City Kitchen
• Live music by Pennsport Stringband & Music Monkey Jungle
• Raffles
• and more! 

This event and all activities are free to attend. Ice cream specials at Market merchants and ice cream vendors are pay-as-you-go.

Spring into the season right!

Catering ToppingsPlan out your summer events properly this year with catering services provided by Bassetts Ice Cream. Let us spruce up your parties the right way with your very own Ice Cream Sundae Party for any event you are planning. Visit our Catering page for more information. It’s not a real party without Bassetts Ice Cream!

Fall is here!

Spiced Wafer Cookie Cone.jpg For a limited time only, try our newest fall flavor "Spiced Wafer Cookie" available at our store in the Reading Terminal Market. Have it in a cup, cone, or shake!
Also, Pumpkin Ice Cream, a cool and creamy treat made with pumpkin and spice for a true taste of fall, is now available. 

Yours Truly is truly the Best. 
Thank you MSN for including us on your list of one of the "Best Ice Cream Parlors in Every US State"! Click below to see which ice cream parlor made it in your state. 



Don't wait in line, for something this fine!
Love a flavor so much you just gotta have it in your home? Well now you can! Check out our new online store where you can pickup pints, quarts, or even tubs from our store in the Reading Terminal Market. 

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Keep cool with The Philly Ice Cream Scoop!
Don't miss out on this years ice cream festivities at the Reading Terminal Market, this Saturday, with over 20+ market merchant ice cream specials! We will be scooping up delectable cones alongside Franklin FountainLittle Baby's Ice CreamLil' Pop Shop, and Zsa's Ice Cream.

The Philly Ice Cream Scoop

Haven't you heard?

Salted Caramel PretzelBassetts Ice Cream is pleased to announce the addition of two new flavors to our already extensive line-up of yummy choices; Salted Caramel Pretzel, a rich vanilla ice cream with swirls of salted caramel and chocolate covered pretzel nibs, and Birthday Cake, cake batter chunks in Bassetts vanilla ice cream with colorful candy pieces and waves of blue icing.Birthday Cake Cup Both new flavors are available in our store at the Reading Terminal Market, as well as dip shops featuring Bassetts Ice Cream. Let us know what you think! 

Welcoming a Classic Flavor to our Pint Line! 

CD PosWhile we are gradually moving out of our English Toffee Crunch pints, we are bringing in a classic popular flavor... Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! To find out where you can grab a pint or two, check out the list here!

Bassetts Ice Cream partners with Please Touch Museum...
BIC PTM pictureYou read that right! On Veterans Day, Please Touch Museum revealed their newest kid-friendly replica of the Bassetts Ice Cream stand from the Reading Terminal Market. To check out the fun article, click here!

Introducing our Newest Feature Flavor in Pints...

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Vanilla Fudge had a good run, but we are super excited to bring you English Toffee Crunch. Don't tell anyone but we use real Heath Bar Pieces in this ensemble of flavor. English Toffee is a combination of caramelized sugar, chocolate, and almonds. Click here to find out where you can purchase a pint near you! 

Red, White & Blueberry

RWB.jpgCelebrate the 2016 Democratic National Convention with Bassetts Ice Cream's newest flavor. Rich Bassetts Vanilla ice cream with swirls of Rasbperry and Blueberry purees. Available now at our store in the Reading Terminal Market. For a limited time only! 

A Different Take on Cookies & Cream... 

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Sweetzels & Cream is a tasty new flavor with Sweetzels Spiced Wafers. These spicy ginger cookies meld perfectly with our creamy vanilla ice cream. Available at Bassetts Ice Cream in the Historic Reading Terminal Market and other dipping parlors that serve Bassetts Ice Cream. 

Celebrate the 2016 Democratic National Convention with Bassetts Ice Cream newest flavor. Rich Bassetts vanilla ice cream with swirls of Rasbperry and Blueberry purees. Available now at our store in the Reading Terminal Market. For a limited time only!

Cookies & Cream Now Available in Pints! 

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It doesn't happen often and this is a pretty big thing in the world of Bassetts Ice Cream, so LISTEN UP!
We are proud to announce that one of our most popular flavors, Cookies and Cream, is now available in pre-packaged pints.

Most pint retailers will have it available this month, so click here for a complete listing of those independent retailers. And of course, you can always buy a pint or two from our store at the Reading Terminal Market!

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.


Drexel Magazine profile of Eric Bassett

Our oDrexel Magazine coverwn Eric Bassett is profiled in the current edition of Drexel Magazine. Click Here to read the article.



Bassetts Ice Cream is in Giant Food Stores!
We are thrilled to announce that Bassetts Ice Cream is availaGiant logoble in select Philadelphia-area Giant Food Stores! The 31 stores are carrying the following Bassetts Ice Cream flavors in pre-packed pints: Vanilla, Chocolate, Butterscotch Vanilla, Butter Pecan, Guatemalan Ripple, Mint Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Swirl and Raspberry Truffle. For a list of the Giant Food Stores that are offering Bassetts Ice Cream, click Here.

Bassetts Ice Cream in Bon
The DripWith over 40 flavors on the flavor board, Bassetts Ice Cream has had its fair share of flavors that didn't quite make it to the "official" list.  In this Bon Appétit Magazine article, Bassetts president and owner, Michael Strange explains why some flavors make it to the board, while others will just have to stay in retirement.  Click Here to read the article.

Where Are The Best Ice Cream Shops in America?

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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.  


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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.


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, 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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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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