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Fosselman's Ice Cream Co.

Fosselman's Ice Cream Co.

Fosselman's Ice Cream Co. is an ice cream parlor located in the San Gabriel Valley of California. The parlor is a Historical Landmark in the city of Alhambra.[1][36]



Christian Fosselman was a businessman from Iowa that had first began working in the beer industry. Prohibition hit Iowa earlier than the rest of the nation, and Fosselman switched beverage interests and moved on to the soft drink business. Christian attended a bottling convention in Los Angeles, California and returned home with a mechanical ice cream machine. Fosselman's Ice Cream was established in 1919, Christian started an ice cream business in Waverly, Iowa near the Cedar River. Shortly after, Fosselman relocated to his family Southern California, a place where one can sell ice cream even in the middle of December. The Fosselman's came to Pasadena, California in 1921.[13]

It was in his new town of Pasadena that Christian first opened a wholesale business, Fosselman Creamery.

His sons Bob, Bill, and Jim helped run the business.

By 1937 Fosselman had opened a retail shop located in South Pasadena and another in Highland Park in 1941. He then opened a production facility in the city of Alhambra, where the ice cream was made. Unfortunately by the 1970's both the parlors in Highland Park and South Pasadena were closed, alongside another location in Glendale.[13]


The Alhambra location is the last standing Fosselman's Ice Cream Co., and in 2020 it is still going strong as both an eatery and distribution/supply center.

It is located on Main St. between Marengo Ave. and N. Raymond Ave. John Fosselman commented,[23]

"It's not a big building but we are incredibly efficient.

All of our wholesale accounts, everything, is made on demand.

We make it, we freeze it overnight — it takes about eight hours to freeze solid — and then we ship it out the following day."

The parlor is ran by Christian Fosselman's grandchildren, John and Chris who are keeping the shop's integrity.

It was in 1989 they bought-out their uncles and eventually their dad, Bob, too.

Both John and Chris were in their early twenties at the time and had spent their lives working at the parlor.

Since owning the family business the two have worked on distribution and supply Fosselman's ice cream and desserts to over 600 of local businesses, which include a variety of restaurants, movie studios, fine dining eateries, and other independent ice cream stores.[23]

The brothers stay true to the Fosselman's brand, with John stating,

"The formula is the exact same as it has been for 100 years.

We haven't changed that at all.

All of our stuff is considered super premium, which is a high butterfat, 16%, and low overrun, which means we put less air in our product than most standard ice creams."

To celebrate the company's centennial the parlor remodeled. The old interior was updated in the fall of 2019. [23]

Fosselman's ice cream brings in people from all over the southland of California. Fosselman's Ice Cream Co. also has seasonal and specialty flavors that are showcased throughout the year, especially around major United States holidays, like Valentine's Day and Halloween, Easter and Christmas.

Not only does Fosselman's specialize in ice cream, they also function as a soda fountain, making smoothies, milkshakes, ice cream sodas, and floats. Clown cones, ice cream pies, ice cream sandwiches and ice cream cakes are also available.

Fosselman's sells prepackaged pints and gallons of various flavors of ice cream for those who want to take the experience home.

Ice Cream

In a 2019 interview with local Los Angeles publication Laist, John Fosselman discussed the variety of flavors and how they represent the many walks of life that inhabit the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles areas,[23]

"I think our flavors reflect the diversity of L.A.

We do Oaxacan chocolate.

We do dulce de leche.

We do chamango, which is a mango sorbet that has chamoy, a spicy sauce that you have at fruit stands, and Tajín, a spicy, peppery, salty condiment.

We have a huge Asian population in the San Gabriel Valley, so we do taro root, red bean, lychee, macapuno and all these different flavors."

Flavors served by Fosselman's Ice Cream Co. include:[22]

  • Brown Butter

  • Black Walnut

  • Macapuno

  • Banana Walnut

  • Espresso Coffee

  • Lemon Custard

  • Taro

  • Macadamia Crunch


Sorbet and sherbet are also served at Fosselman's, including these flavors:[22]

  • Crushed Pineapple Sherbet

  • Black Raspberry Sorbet

  • Pink Champagne Sorbet

  • Mexican Chocolate

  • Yuzu Sorbet

  • Crème Fraiche

Frozen Yogurt

Fosselman's even offers fro-yo, with these frozen yogurt flavors available:[22]

  • Peach Yogurt

  • Strawberry Yogurt

  • Pineapple Yogurt

  • Non-Fat Chocolate Yogurt

  • Non-Fat Vanilla Yogurt


Custom ice cream cakes are also available.

Choose between white or chocolate cake and two flavors of Fosselman's ice cream.

Cakes are frosted with real whipped cream.[22]

Orders can be placed for various sizes, round or square from 4X8 to a 1/2 sheet size cake.

Custom ice cream cakes should be ordered before 4:00 pm the previous day.

They also make ice cream pies.


Fosselman's has over 50 varieties of candy including taffy, lemon drops, and Jelly Belly jelly beans. In 1976 Fosselman's was the first ever location to sell Jelly Belly.[27][22]


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