Bassetts has been serving up scoops of ice cream for more than a century

ByNatalie Jason WPVI logo
Monday, July 13, 2020
A century of ice cream at Bassetts
America's oldest ice cream company is rich in flavor and history. #BeLocalish

Bassetts Ice Cream is America's oldest ice cream company. Founded in 1861, they are now in the sixth generation of their family-owned business.

When Reading Terminal Market opened in 1892, Bassetts signed a lease and has been there ever since.

They are the last remaining original merchant at the market.

They have over 40 flavors and sell cones, cups, sundaes and shakes that rely on a high butterfat content - not egg yolks - for their famous creamy texture.

The business has expanded into sales around the world and has no plans to thaw out anytime soon.

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Reading Terminal Market

45 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107