Ice Cream! The mere word gets us drooling and we start wondering where the nearest shop might be where one can buy some lips smacking flavour!
Whether it’s fruity or the classic chocolates, quirky combos, cups, cones, soft serve, or a big brick to be shared with family and friends, there are some ice creams that appeal to each one us and are our favourite.
A perfect dessert for all ages, we all love ice cream and it’s no surprise that there are so many brands available in India across the big cities and small towns, and even in villages.
From big international brands to pan-Indian and local brands the variety is massive. Here’s our selection of 2018’s top 10 selling ice cream brands in India.
Amul is the brand managed and marketed by the Indian dairy cooperative – Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Limited.
Formed in 1948 by Tribhuvandal Patel with the vision of setting off India’s White Revolution, today Amul is a brand known and trusted in every corner of the country.
Dr Verghese Kurien, the architect of the brand, joined him after just a few years and is considered the Father of the White Revolution.
Today Amul is the largest food brand in India and among its very large portfolio of milk based products is their delicious range of ice creams.
Proudly proclaiming their ice creams to be made with fresh milk, Amul certainly holds a big advantage over many other brands that make what is technically known as ‘frozen dessert’.
The range of flavours spans fruit, nuts, chocolate, etc., Amul ice cream is available on sticks, in cones, cups, blocks, tubs and various other forms.
Best selling: The ice lollies, Orange Salsa, Frostik Epic choco almond
2. Kwality Walls
Kwality ice cream is what we all grew up eating and after it was bought out by Hindustan Unilever, the combined brand of British Walls and Kwality were launched as Kwality Walls across India.
Brand loyalty towards the Kwality name worked hugely in the favour of this new brand and today it is one of the most popular ice cream brands in India.
Available in Swirl parlours and in grocery shops and supermarkets, Kwality Walls ice creams are easy to get.
Choose form the popular Feast, Cornetto, Cassatta, Sandwich and lots more. The Magnum brand of luxurious ice creams is also marketed by Kwality Walls.
Best selling- Cornetto is the most famous ice cream from Kwality Walls
3. Baskin Robbins
This American ice cream chain has been in India for several years and its distinct 31 flavours slogan is well known everywhere.
The brand is available in nearly 50 countries outside the USA including India with more than 7500 shop locations.
One thing that keeps Baskin Robbins ice creams popular world-wide is their willingness to incorporate local flavours into the ice creams available in each location.
The company was founded in Glendale, California by Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins in the year 1945 and came to India in 1993.
Baskin Robbins offers purely vegetarian ice cream made from cow milk.
Customers get to try out new flavours every month as they constantly experiment and innovate with new ingredients and flavour combinations.
Best selling- Snickers, Oreo cheesecake, Mint choco-chip, Lemon custard, Pumpkin cheesecake
Vadilal began as a single outlet in Ahmedabad in 1926 and is today one of the most recognised and trusted ice cream brands in India.
Currently the brand has more than 50 flavours of ice cream sold in a variety of forms – cups, cones, candies, family packs and more.
Vadilal Parlours are present in most towns and cities in India serving customers sundaes and other tasty ice cream creations made on the spot with ice cream and assorted toppings, syrups, and sauces.
Some of their top products are Ice trooper, Gourmet premium ice creams, Special Occasionz tubs, Flingo cones, and the Bada Bite ice cream candies.
Best selling- Mango, Coffee Caramel, Cream n Cookies
What started as a side business to augment the household income for Satish Chona in Karachi in 1944 is today a household name among ice cream lovers in India.
Havmor is now based in Ahmedabad and offers a variety of products sold through a wide network of Havfunn parlours, and at grocery shops and supermarkets.
Havmor offers a huge range of ice cream products including sugar free ice cream, kulfi, ice cream cake, roll cuts, sundaes, and many other variants in a stunning variety of flavours.
Best selling- Choco block cone, American nuts, Hazelnut crunch
The Dinshaw’s brand was established way back in 1932 by Dinshaw and Erach Rana as a dairy business in the Nagpur area. Dinshaw’s Ice Cream was created soon after.
Today the company’s dairy products have a very strong market presence in the states across Central India and their ice creams are available widely in the rest of the country.
Dinshaw’s manufactures a range of good quality dairy products including milk, ghee, lassi, and of course, ice cream. They also have a bakery division.
The ice creams category includes kulfi, lollies, sugar free ice creams, and fancy variants like sundaes, waffle cones, etc.
Best selling- Black forest sundae, Anjeer badam
7. Mother Dairy
Mother Dairy was started in 1974. It is a subsidiary company of the NDDB, National Dairy Development Board started as an initiative under Operation Flood. Mother Dairy manufactures, markets and sells milk and milk products, and has also expanded its portfolio to other edibles like oil, fruits, vegetables etc., that are sold through Mother Dairy outlets.
The milk based products from Mother Dairy include paneer, ice cream, ghee, lassi, and curd, to name a few.
The range of ice creams includes many Indian flavours apart from the usual popular fruit and chocolate-based variants. They excel in traditional flavours like strawberry, mango, chocolate but are even famous for cookie crumb, chocolate gateau etc.
Best selling- Meva malai, Paan, Feast, Cassata
8. Naturals Ice Cream
Founded by R S Kamath of the Mangalore based Kamaths Ourtimes Ice Creams Pvt Ltd with its first store in Juhu, Mumbai, Naturals Ice Cream is known for its all natural ice cream made with fresh ingredients and real milk.
From that one outlet in Juhu, Naturals has now expanded to more than 135 stores around India in a combination of franchisee shops and company owned outlets.
The biggest draw of Naturals ice cream has been its seasonal fruit flavours like lychee, real mango, custard apple, etc.
Best selling- Chickoo, Sitaphal, Coconut, Custard apple, litchi, fig
Creambell was started with the French dairy major Candia and now with a strong presence in 19 states, the ice cream brand has a superb market value in the Indian ice cream industry. The brand launched its Chocolate Cookie and Pina orange variants and was a big hit among Indian customers.
When Creambell was first introduced in India, they took the whole market by a storm. They actually introduced themselves by having a great range of innovative ice cream flavours. Currently, there are 136 varieties of ice cream provided by this brand, catering beautifully to different age groups, taste buds, and demographics. They specialize in ice cream cakes and sandwiches.
Best selling- Sachmuch aam, Zafrani pista, Crunchy butterscotch
10. Haagen Dazs
Haagen- Dazs is the American brand that has its franchises in India with popular flavours like chocolate, coffee, vanilla etc. The company is basically a subsidiary of Nestle and General Mills and is even in the business of gelato and frozen yogurt.
Best selling- Caramel cone, Green tea, Strawberry, Coffee
Established in 1956 at Fatehpuri, Delhi, the company is engaged in processing a delectable range of ice creams, kulfis, gelato and more. Being 100 percent vegetarian, their range of ice creams is relished by kids, young and adults alike.
Their ice creams combine the nostalgia of Chandni Chowk’s traditional rabri faluda, mango shakes with the contemporary twists of chocolate whiskey ice creams, sundaes, shakes, mousses, frozen yogurts, gelatos etc.
Best selling- Coffee Walnut, Belgian chocolate, Traffic jam
So, these are the top ice cream brands in India that we like the most. Try different flavours and let us know which is your favourite and why.