Cauldron Ice Cream, the popular Southern California-based concept known for its made-to-order nitrogen ice cream, innovative flavors, and viral OG Puffle cone, has announced a multi-unit franchise deal with Toronto residents Serena Sun and Alex Wang to bring five Cauldron locations to the greater Toronto, Ontario area. The franchisees are looking to open their first store in downtown Toronto or Mississauga by Summer 2018.
Sun and Wang are experienced franchisees who currently own and operate Chinese food restaurants in Canada and China. They split their time between Orange County and Toronto, and first discovered Cauldron at its flagship location in Santa Ana. Their international franchise experience and love of the concept’s handcrafted ice cream inspired them to bring Cauldron to Toronto.
“Every time we’re in Orange County, we always make a point to stop by Cauldron to get our ice cream fix,” Sun says. “When we were in Toronto, we noticed a gap in the market for innovative, high-quality ice cream like Cauldron’s. The concept is fun, fresh, and most importantly, delicious, and we wholeheartedly believe that it will be a hit in the Toronto community.”
Founded in 2015 by Terence Lioe and Desiree Le, Cauldron quickly gained notoriety for its made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream served in a signature OG Puffle Cone, an egg-based waffle cone inspired by a popular Hong Kong street snack. Cauldron’s small-batch ice cream is offered as a traditional scoop or shaped like a rose, and comes in a variety of unique flavors including Earl Grey Lavender, Milk and Cereal, H20 Rose, and fan favorites like Sea Salted Caramel Crunch and S’mores. In addition to their menu mainstays, Cauldron also routinely introduces new seasonal and monthly offerings to keep flavors fresh and intriguing. Cauldron’s innovative flavors and OG Puffle Cone have been recognized by Food Network, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, People Magazine and more for spearheading a new dessert craze.
The Toronto stores will be the first Cauldron Ice Cream locations outside of California. The concept currently operates locations in various Southern California cities: Santa Ana, Artesia, and Glendale, with Chino Hills and San Diego on the way. Cauldron recently announced they will be opening five locations in Northern California’s Santa Clara County beginning in mid-to-late 2018.
Cauldron Ice Cream is partnered with Fransmart, the industry-leading franchise development company behind the explosive growth of brands like Five Guys Burgers and Fries, The Halal Guys, and Qdoba Mexican Grill, as their exclusive franchise development partner to grow the brand. The concept is currently looking for experienced multi-unit foodservice operators to develop franchise territories in major markets.