Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two brothers-in-law, Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins. These two partners decided to merge their two ice cream parlors into one chain. The original Baskin-Robbins was located in Glendale, California, and was called 31 Flavors, something that was unique at the time. In 1970, Baskin-Robbins was the first company to sell ice-cream cakes.
Today, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest ice cream specialty store. While 31 flavors seemed like an astounding amount at the time, the company says that as of 2015, they have 1,000 flavor variations. Baskin-Robbins is a subsidiary of Dunkin’ Brands.
The company has more than 7,700 locations in 50 countries, including Aruba, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, China, Colombia, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Egypt, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Yemen.
International locations feature flavors of ice cream popular to the tastes of each country, such as Red Bean, Litchi Gold, Blackcurrant, and Cantaloupe.
The company is almost 100% franchised and in 2014, the company began selling its ice cream in supermarkets in the U.S.
Baskin-Robbins maintains a corporate office in Canton, Massachusetts.