Bassetts Ice Cream

Bassetts' shop at Reading Terminal Market

I discovered a new ice cream company during the Philadelphia Ice Cream Festival last Saturday at the Reading Terminal Market. Well, it’s new to me. Apparently, Bassetts Ice Cream is the oldest existing ice cream company in America.

Michael Strange, CEO of Bassetts

Bassetts got started back in 1861 by Quaker school teacher/farmer Lewis Dubois Bassett. Fast-forward 149 years and you’ll still find a Bassett at the helm of this company. Michael Strange, the great-great grandson of Lewis, is Bassetts’ CEO.

I must be one of the few who have never heard of Bassetts. They’ve been featured on PBS, The Food Network and The Travel Channel, who named Bassetts one of the 101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown.

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