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OUR STORY

ICE CREAM IS FUN, SO WE TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY.

Families have included Dreyer's in their biggest and smallest moments since 1928. From grandiose reunions to a quiet, rainy Sunday afternoon under the covers - our flavors bring people together.

Moms. Dads. Kids, Aunts. Uncles. And BFFs. You're on our minds. We love dreaming up new ways to surprise you. Tinkering away in our test kitchen - combining real, high quality ingredients. The way we see it, every scoop is a chance to get somebody to stay for dessert, and sweeten the moment.

The year 1928 on a purple background.

TWO HEADS ARE SWEETER THAN ONE

Ice cream maker William Dreyer, and candy maker Joseph Edy form a sweet partnership. Together they created Dreyer's and EDY's® Ice Cream. Now that's n-ice cream.

Black & white photo of the Dreyer's ice cream truck with ice cream man hand cranking the engine
black and white photo of Dreyer's rocky road ice cream carton 1929
The year 1929 on a yellow banner.

THE INVENTION OF ROCKY ROAD

As the Great Depression hit, Dreyer and Edy wanted to create a special new flavor to make folks smile. They mixed together rich chocolate ice cream, crunchy almonds and chewy marshmallows. Rocky Road was born! In a time when Chocolate, Vanilla & Strawberry were the main available flavors, this was revolutionary!

 

The year 1948 on a blue background banner.

BIGGER DREAMS. BIGGER NAME.

William Dreyer builds a state of the art ice cream plant in Oakland, CA and renames the company Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, Inc. You're on a roll, Mr. Dreyer.

Black & white photos of the outside of Dreyer's Ice Cream shop and inside of the shop counter.
The year 1953 on a blue background banner.

YOU WILL BE MISSED

William Dreyer retires - passing the big ice cream scooper on to his son, Junior. How nice to look back at your life's work, and see 25 years of smiling faces. Well done, Sir.

Black and white photos of William Dreyer and photo of woman kissing him on the cheek.
The year 1977 on a purple background.

SWEETENING A NATION

T. Gary Rogers and William F. Cronk buy Dreyer's Ice Cream and head East - achieving mouthwathering success for three decades. Thanks to their grand plan and sense of adventure, Dreyer's and EDY's® Ice Cream erupted smiles from coast to coast. They keep the name Dreyer's west of the Rockies and use EDY'S® east of them, in honor of cofounder Joseph Edy.

Photo of  the Dreyer's in 1977 giving a thumbs up and cookie forture saying "All your hard work will soon pay off".
Black and white photo of the sign outside of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream distribution center with the Dreyers.
The year 1978 on a yellow background.

HAS IT BEEN 50 YEARS ALREADY?

Dreyer's celebrates their 50th anniversary by going big. Opening new distribution centers nationwide, they manufacture more than three million gallons of ice cream in a single year. We just got ourselves one happy country.

Year 1982 on a pink background.

MEET YOUR NEW FAVORITE

John Harrison, official ice cream taster (and luckiest guy on earth) invents the cultural phenomenon we now call Cookies 'N Cream. Our taste buds thank you, Mr. Harrison.

Color photo of a man with three cartons of Dreyer's ice cream in retail packaging from 1982  slicing one open with a large knife.
The year 1987 on a pink background.

THE FIRST PREMIUM LIGHT ICE CREAM

Dreyer's introduces Grand Light Ice Cream. This 93% fat free yumminess was an instant hit with the health-conscious people of the 1980s. Radical!

Photo of a carton of Dreyer's Light French Silk Ice cream in retail packaging from 1987.
The year 2005 on a purple background.

INTRODUCING SLOW CHURNED®

Dreyer's invents a new recipe : SLOW CHURNED® light ice cream, using ingredients like non-fat milk with a splash of cream. The result, rich and creamy deliciousness with half the fat and a third fewer calories than full fat ice cream. This revolutionary innovation inspired true love almost immediately.

close up of slow churned rich & creamy
Photo of a carton of Dreyer's Frozen Custard Chocolate Malt in retail packaging from 2015.
The year 2015 on a yellow background.

WELCOME HOME, FROZEN CUSTARD

Dreyer's introduces Frozen Custard. It's extra thick. Extra creamy. Extra delish. Made with wholesome ingredients like fresh milk and cream. No need to pile into the car and head over to a custard stand, now classic Frozen Custard can be enjoyed right at your dining room table.

The year 2016 on a blue background

KEEPING IT SIMPLE NEVER TASTED SO DELICIOUS

Dreyer’s introduces SLOW CHURNED® Simple Recipes - flavors created using honest ingredients the whole family will savor.

 

 

Carton of Dreyer's slow-churned ice cream as an ice cream churn from 2016
The year 2021 on a blue background

SCOOP UP INDULGENCE WITH THE ROCKY ROAD COLLECTION

In honor of William Dreyer and Joseph Edy's creation of Rocky Road, one of the first ever ice creams with mix-ins, Dreyer's launches its most indulgent line ever: The Rocky Road Collection. Loaded with mix-ins and sauces, this new collection will be sure to put a smile on your face!

Three cartons of Dreyer's rocky road ice cream with behind bowls of ice cream