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Top Dessert Franchise Opportunities of 2022

From classic ice cream shops to mouth-watering pastry bakeries, here are our favorite dessert franchises to satisfy that sweet tooth in 2022.

Who doesn’t dream of opening up a dessert business when they are a kid? The endless cookies and ice cream, non-stop fun and Willy Wonka-esque wonderment is enough to make the career appealing to any child, but it’s the potential for a healthy return on investment that keeps people interested as they grow older. 

For investors looking to enter a unique and joyful segment of the foodservice industry, dessert brands offer a lucrative opportunity to satisfy post-date-night customers and families in search of a weekend treat. Plus, since dessert establishments offer customers a much-needed reprieve from counting calories and worrying about what they are eating, business owners benefit from an offering that markets itself — when it's time to indulge, customers know where to go. 

Best of all, many dessert franchise concepts feature incredibly simple operations, minimal equipment and staffing requirements, low start-up costs and universally beloved brand names. 

These are 1851 Franchise’s favorite dessert franchises for 2022. 

Mooyah Burgers Fries & Shakes

  • Start-up costs: $551,918-$715,161
  • Units: 84

Fosters Freeze

  • Start-up costs:  $611,500-$1,009,000
  • Units: 68

Marble Slab Creamery*


  • Start-up costs: $2,300,000-$5,400,000
  • Units: 765

Le Macaron

  • Start-up costs: $84,350-$361,500
  • Units: 60+

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

  • Start-up costs: $641,000-$2,100,000
  • Units: 386 


  • Start-up costs: $124,000-$559,000
  • Units: 7,921

Dairy Queen*

  • Start-up costs: $1,100,000-$1,900,000
  • Units: 7,034

Great American Cookies*

Paris Baguette*

*This brand is a paid partner of 1851 Franchise. For more information on paid partnerships please click here.