Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about franchising your own Dippin' Dots and Doc Popcorn? You've come to the right place.


Dippin’ Dots was founded in Paducah, KY. Doc Popcorn was founded in Boulder, CO. They are both now headquartered in Paducah, KY.

There are over 30 co-brand Dippin’ Dots / Doc Popcorn locations. Dippin’ Dots also has thousands of other locations where the product is available – at malls, fairs, festivals, ballparks, theme parks, and convenience stores. Doc Popcorn has over 50 locations that are popping fresh popcorn for hungry customers.

The franchise fee for Dippin’ Dots is $35,000. The franchise fee for Doc Popcorn is $35,000. When you buy a co-brand location, you get 25% off the second agreement for a total of $56,000. We also offer an additional 15% discount for retired and honorably discharged military personnel!

Dippin’ Dots & Doc Popcorn require a minimum net worth of $300,000 and minimum liquid capital of $100,000.

The estimated total initial investment for your Dippin’ Dots & Doc Popcorn co-brand business ranges from $119,704 to $366,950. The amount you invest depends on several factors including build-out costs and location.

You are technically purchasing two franchises when you co-brand with Dippin’ Dots & Doc Popcorn, so there are two answers to this question:
When you purchase your ice cream, ices, and sherbet from Dippin’ Dots Corporate, the royalty and ad fund fees are already built into the price the franchisee pays. The franchisee does not pay any additional royalties on the sale of Dippin’ Dots.
Doc Popcorn charges a 6% royalty on gross revenues excluding the Dippin’ Dots sales. In addition, each franchisee currently contributes 1% of gross revenues, excluding the Dippin’ Dots sales, to an advertising fund for systemwide marketing strategies and materials.

Dippin’ Dots & Doc Popcorn have agreements with some of the country’s largest shopping center and entertainment properties. We have a thorough process that will help you choose the best location possible to set you up for success.

We have developed a no-obligation Education Process so you can fully understand and evaluate Dippin’ Dots & Doc Popcorn prior to becoming a franchise owner, to ensure this is the right business for you and that you will be the best fit to join our family. Call us at 866-599-9744 or fill out a short proprietary form to get dippin’ & poppin’!

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