Frequently Asked Questions:


Where are Dippin’ Dots & Doc Popcorn headquartered?

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


How many co-brand franchise units do Dippin’ Dots & Doc Popcorn currently have?

There are over 25 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.


How much is the franchise fee?

The franchise fee for Dippin’ Dots is $15,000. The franchise fee for Doc Popcorn is $15,000. When you buy a co-brand location, you get 25% off for a total of $22,500.

We also offer an additional 15% discount for retired and honorably discharged military personnel!


What are the investment requirements to financially qualify for a Dippin’ Dots & Doc Popcorn Franchise?

Dippin’ Dots & Doc Popcorn require a minimum net worth of $250,000 and minimum liquid capital of $80,000. 


What is the total investment range for a Dippin’ Dots & Doc Popcorn Co-Brand Franchise?

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.


Do Dippin’ Dots & Doc Popcorn offer any financial assistance?

Dippin’ Dots & Doc Popcorn franchisees are required to have their own financing in place to build and operate their new business. However, we can provide you with guidance on how to best acquire capital.


How do Dippin’ Dots & Doc Popcorn handle royalties?

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.


How do you handle site selection?

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.


How can I find out more about Dippin’ Dots & Doc Popcorn Franchising?

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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