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Franklin Fountain


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The Franklin Mint
Mint Chip and Vanilla ice creams striped in chocolate syrup, Fluffy Marshmallow glaze and Crème de Menthe finished with home-made whipped cream and a mint green maraschino cherry.
Homemade Hot Fudge
Two dipperfuls of PHILADELPHIA vanilla bean ice cream suffocated in Franklin Fountain Hot Fudge and topped with our fresh whipped cream and a cherry a true American icon. Wilbur’s dark chocolate is churned Smooth with fresh local milk, cream and butter, then cooked on-site in our antique copper candy kettle. Honest ingredients are the best policy for flavor.
The Lightening Rod
A dark chocolate brownie surmounted by COFFEE ice cream bathed in a SHOT of ESPRESSO and peppered with chocolate covered espresso beans, white chocolate shavings and finished with a salty pretzel rod. will surely ELECTRIFY even the most enervated.
A mountain of CHOCOLATE or VANILLA ice cream ERUPTING with chocolate brownie pieces, CASCADING with hot fudge and BLANKETED in malt powder. A dollop of whipped cream indicates her smoking signal. A true display of Pomp-eii circumstance.
Southern Sympathizer
Rum Raisin and Pistachio ice creams with pecans and pistachios Smothered in hot caramel and Studded with Praline brittle.This Franklin Fountain original is as pretty as a sweet-talking Louisiana Girl in her Sunday best.
Peach Melba Parfait
Fresh Peach ice cream Doused with rasberry puree, sprinkled with diced almonds and finished with a collar of RUFFLED whipped cream. Following soprano Nellie Melba’s performance of Wagner’s “Lohengrin” in 1893, French chef Auguste Escoffier was moved to create an exquisite dessert for Dame Nellie. This is a variation on Escoffier’s famous dessert.
The Stock Market Crunch
Rocky Road ice cream coated in thick peanut butter sauce and paved with crumbled salt pretzels. William Dreyer and Joseph Edy concocted the first batch of rocky road ice cream in 1929 following the great stock market crash to give consumers something to SMILE about during the impending Depression.
Broken Hearts
Put a slice of BRICK VANILLA ice cream on a 6-inch plate. Cover the ice cream with fresh, sweetened, and slightly mashed strawberries, and over these put sweetened whipped cream; top off with two whole strawberries and serve with two nabisco wafers. Sells for 20 cents. {F. Varney}
Dr. Doveys Classic Banana Split
In a proper banana boat is placed a banana, SPLIT lengthwise with one scoop each of VANILLA, STRAWBERRY and CHOCOLATE ice creams covered in crushed pineapple, strawberry topping and chocolate syrup, garnished with whipped cream, chopped nuts and two marashino cherries. Originated in 1904 by pharmacist David Strickler in Latrobe, PA. An apprentice, Howard Dovey, brought the BANANA SPLIT to PHILADELPHIA where he attended medical school. Dr. Dovey is credited with popularizing the FAMOUS dessert by instructing PHILADELPHIA soda dispensers on how to make a SPLIT properly. We hope he’d be proud of ours, served in an authentic period dish.
Tarzan of the Apes
This swinging swashbuckler was born in 1912 by a middle-aged pencil sharpener salesman named Edgar Rice Burroughs. As the story goes, a supple young man (a generous serving of Vanilla) with Ape blood (CHOCOLATE syrup) is raised on tropical FRUITS (bananas & berries) and crowned King of the Jungle (whipped cream headband). This dessert’s Intelligent Design makes for a SLIPPERY slope and can SPLIT audiences right down the middle!
Banana Split for my Baby
A smaller variation of the American classic, inspired by Louis Primas 1949 tune for that waist-conscious lady or man. A banana sliced into coins LADEN with VANILLA and PEANUT BUTTER ice creams coated with wet walnuts, peanut butter sauce, Spanish peanuts and finished with whipped cream and one cherry.
Franklin Fountain Ice Cream is hand-made in Philadelphia of the purest, premium ingredients and packed in the original ice cream carton, patented in 1894 by F. W. Wilcox. We offer our prize-winning ice cream in three different sizes– Small, Medium, and Large (1 Pint).
Our waffle cones are made in house– cooked on old-fashioned irons, and rolled by a trained expert! And what could be more nostalgic than enjoying an ice cream cone on a sunny day? We also offer sugar and cake cones.
Choice of 25 flavors!
Japanese Thirst Killer Phosphate
Orgeat {almond}, Grape juice, & Angostura Bitters with Phosphate
Hemingway's Dream
A phosphorescent "Green Fairy" compiled and revised with sweetened organic lemon juice, fresh mint and anise syrups, seltzer, citric acid and an absinthe-soaked sugar cube reminiscent of the Old Man from the Western Key.
Taft Soda, A Winnrer
Chocolate Syrup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 dash                                                                      Ice Cream. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 scoop {or gun full}                                                            Crushed Strawberries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 tsps                                                         Whipped cream, enough to top off.                                                                               {Adapted from "American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record, Vols. 54-55, 1909"}
Root Beer Float
A scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream bobbing atop a tall frosted mug of our own formula spicy Root Beer.
Ladies Choice
Rasberry Soda infused with Peach Ice Cream & Sweet Cream
Coca Cola and Ice Cream
Vanilla ice‏ cream bathing in Coca-Cola from our 1905 draft fountain.
Cherry Bomb
A ball of Chocolate ice cream dropped in a Cherry Soda
ICE CREAM FLAVORS: Vanilla, Chocolate, Franklin Mint Chip, Cherry Butter Almond, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Hydrox Cookie, Rocky Road, Teaberry Gum, Black Raspberry, Coconut, Peach, Strawberry, Green Tea, Butter Pecan, Pistachio, Coffee, Maple Walnut, Rum Raisin, Cotton Candy
NON-DAIRY FLAVORS (coconut cream base)
Sugar Free Vanilla, Sugar Free Coffee
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The ice cream & offering is nice but the prices are a bit ridiculous even for the city. Milkshakes start at nine dollars. And the crowds & line are barely worth the wait. It’s an ordeal to get in, wait, shuffle this way & that...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank miscalane
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came here twice because they were just across the road from my hotel. The ice cream is good - flavours are plentiful to choose from and the ice cream is creamy.

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank BagmanNZ
Reviewed December 24, 2019 via mobile

We’d been waiting all day for this and it was all we’d expected and more! The soda floats ( and also soda in general) are amazing so I’d recommend one of them. I got the ladies choice with raspberry soda and peach ice cream and...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank saffytravels
Reviewed December 21, 2019

My friend and I decided to go out for ice cream on a cold December evening. The store had many, many flavor choices and quite hard to make a decision. We each had one scoop of ice cream with dreamy hot fudge. The place is...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank MSO70
Reviewed December 9, 2019

After a very large lunch and a trip to the Maritime Museum we decided to enjoy ice cream for dinner. This place was a great choice walking distance from Penns Landing. The waffle bowls were fresh and delicious. The ice cream was excellent. The only...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank Debbie B
Reviewed December 8, 2019

The ice cream was very good and I really liked their specialty soda selection. I had an ice cream in orange soda (no judgement) that was thoroughly enjoyable. The shop has a fun little throwback decor style which appealed to my personal aesthetic. Pro tip:...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank EDLichtenstein
Reviewed October 14, 2019 via mobile

I have lived in Philadelphia my entire life with the exception of college, yet I have never visited Franklin Fountain. I really have been missing out! The ice cream was very smooth and tasty! The service was excellent! Remember this is Philadelphia...the service was excellent!!...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank phillymacuser
Reviewed October 9, 2019

This homemade ice cream is incredible. I had the carmelized banana and went back another day for it, it was so good. My husband had butter walnut first time and then coconut. To die for

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank ShirleyWilloughbyOH
Reviewed October 9, 2019

We went here for the first time this past weekend. A friend heard we would be in that area and said we MUST go there. She said even if line is long it moves and it is well worth the wait. Well we went and...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank Arzie823
Reviewed October 4, 2019

My wife had the peanut butter and I had the hydrox cookie. My wife loved the peanut butter. I liked the hydrox cookie. The service, however, was not so good. They were not friendly. They didn't greet us. In fact, they barely opened their mouths...not...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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