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The Most Iconic Frozen Treats in Each State

31. New Mexico
> Most iconic Fro-Yo/Ice Cream in state:
> No. of Rita’s in state: 7
> No. of Rita’s in nation: 610
> Pct. of all Rita’s in state: 1.1%

Although it is primarily an East Coast chain, Rita’s plans to make an aggressive push into the Southwest over the next few years. Already the most iconic frozen dessert purveyor in New Mexico, with seven locations in the state, the company hopes to open a whopping 66 additional stores in New Mexico and Colorado. The first Albuquerque location opened this spring.

32. New York
> Most iconic Fro-Yo/Ice Cream in state:
16 Handles
> No. of 16 Handles in state: 27
> No. of 16 Handles in nation: 43
> Pct. of all 16 Handles in state: 62.8%

Founded as recently as 2008, 16 Handles was the first self-serve frozen yogurt shop in New York and has inspired many imitators. (The company’s name was itself inspired by “16 Candles,” one of founder Solomon Choi’s favorite movies.) It is the most iconic frozen treat in its home state, with 27 locations. And New Yorkers like frozen treats, ranking fourth nationally for the total number of cold dessert spots. 16 Handles fans create their own treats, choosing from a rotating roster of 16 frozen yogurt flavors and more than 40 toppings and pay by weight. The company has expanded nationally to 43 stores, and last year announced plans to open 150 locations in the Middle East.

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33. North Carolina
> Most iconic Fro-Yo/Ice Cream in state:
> No. of sweetFrog in state: 48
> No. of Sweet Frog in nation: 342
> Pct. of all Sweet Frog in state: 14.0%

SweetFrog began selling its frozen yogurt in Virginia in 2009 and it has become the most iconic frozen dessert brand in neighboring North Carolina, as well. SweetFrog offers its customers a variety of fruit and candy toppings for their frozen treats. According to the company’s website, the Frog in its name stands for Fully Rely On God.

34. North Dakota
> Most iconic Fro-Yo/Ice Cream in state:
> No. of TCBY in state: 11
> No. of TCBY in nation: 1,047
> Pct. of all TCBY in state: 1.1%

With its first location opening in Arkansas in 1981, TCBY now has the highest relative concentrations compared to other frozen yogurt purveyors in five states. North Dakota is among the five TCBY-loving states, despite the fact its 11 TCBY stores make up just 1.1% of the national store count.

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35. Ohio
> Most iconic Fro-Yo/Ice Cream in state:
> No. of Graeter’s in state: 33
> No. of Graeter’s in nation: 51
> Pct. of all Graeter’s in state: 64.7%

Over half of all of Cincinnati-based Graeter’s ice cream shops are located in Ohio, where it is the most iconic frozen treat chain. 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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