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The Most Iconic Frozen Treats in Each State

16. Kansas
> Most iconic Fro-Yo/Ice Cream in state:
Orange Leaf
> No. of Orange Leaf in state: 10
> No. of Orange Leaf in nation: 313
> Pct. of all Orange Leaf in state: 3.2%

Kansas is one of six states where Orange Leaf is the most iconic peddler of frozen desserts. There are over three times more Orange Leaf locations per capita in Kansas than there are in the United States. Like most other frozen yogurt dispensaries, Orange Leaf offers its customers a variety of yogurt flavors to choose from and a toppings bar that includes sliced fruit and chopped candy.

17. Kentucky
> Most iconic Fro-Yo/Ice Cream in state:
> No. of Graeter’s in state: 11
> No. of Graeter’s in nation: 51
> Pct. of all Graeter’s in state: 21.6%

About one-tenth of all of Cincinnati-based Graeter’s ice cream shops are located in Kentucky, where it is the most iconic frozen treat store. The presence of Graeter’s nationwide is small compared to iconic dessert shops in other states. The company claims to produce hand-crafted ice cream and gelatos in small batches using an artisanal method.

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18. Louisiana
> Most iconic Fro-Yo/Ice Cream in state:
> No. of Pinkberry in state: 5
> No. of Pinkberry in nation: 117
> Pct. of all Pinkberry in state: 4.3%

Pinkberry opened its first store in Los Angeles a decade ago. Today, there are 117 locations nationwide — five of them in Louisiana, where it is the most iconic destination for frozen yogurt. The company claims to have “reignited” interest in the frozen dessert by using real, slightly tart yogurt and fresh fruit, though it now also offers dairy-free options. This summer, Pinkberry rolled out an online delivery service, though this system has not yet reached Louisiana.

19. Maine
> Most iconic Fro-Yo/Ice Cream in state:
Ben & Jerry’s
> No. of Ben & Jerry’s in state: 5
> No. of Ben & Jerry’s in nation: 495
> Pct. of all Ben & Jerry’s in state: 1.0%

Based in Waterbury, Vermont, Ben & Jerry’s is among the most well known ice cream brands in the United States. Consumer goods behemoth Unilever purchased Ben & Jerry’s in 2000 and has aimed to preserve the company’s reputation for social consciousness and home-grown culture with annual philanthropy goals. In addition to five locations in Maine, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is available in 33 countries.

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20. Maryland
> Most iconic Fro-Yo/Ice Cream in state:
> No. of Rita’s in state: 71
> No. of Rita’s in nation: 610
> Pct. of all Rita’s in state: 11.6%

Rita’s opened its first store in a small Pennsylvania town in 1986, so it’s not surprising that it is still the most iconic frozen treat destination in neighboring Maryland, where Rita’s now has 71 locations. Italian ice, a non-dairy, sorbet-like frozen dessert, is the primary menu item at Rita’s. Today, Rita’s sells frozen ice cream and custard in 610 locations across the country.

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