John's Water Ice

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Join the Sweet Success:
John's Water Ice Franchise Opportunity

John’s Water Ice is where the sweetest traditions blend with the boldest dreams. If you’ve ever dreamt of owning a business that blends the nostalgia of a cherished family recipe with the excitement of being part of a thriving industry, then you’re in the right place. At John’s, we’ve been crafting happiness for generations, and now, we invite you to be a part of our legacy.

Ready to take the first step toward becoming a John's Water Ice franchisee? Contact us today to learn more.

John's Water Ice Menu - outside the building

Benefits of Franchising With John's

Established Brand Recognition

Benefit from our decades-long legacy as a beloved Philadelphia institution. Our name is synonymous with quality, authenticity, and sweet treats that bring smiles to faces.

Comprehensive Training and Support

We’re committed to your success. Our franchisees receive extensive training, ongoing support, and access to our time-tested recipes and processes.

Proven Business Model

Join a franchise that works. Our well-established business model, built on tradition and excellence, offers a roadmap for success.

High Demand and Profitability

The food and beverage industry continues to thrive, and John’s Water Ice stands out in this space. Benefit from a profitable venture with strong consumer demand year-round.

Diverse Menu and Flexibility

Enjoy the flexibility of a diverse menu that caters to a wide range of tastes and preferences, from our signature water ice flavors to creamy soft serve ice-cream and delicious pretzels.


Chocolate, banana, mango and strawberry water ice and John's Water Ice

Food and Beverages
Industry Facts

The food and beverages industry is a thriving sector both in the United States and globally. In the US, the industry accounted for 5% of the country’s GDP in 2020, with a revenue growth projection of 1.4% between 2021 and 2026.1 Globally, the food and beverages market is estimated to reach $7,464.2 billion by 2027, with a CAGR of 5.9% from 2022 to 2027.

Franchise That Set You Up for Success

Marketing and Branding Assistance

Leverage our marketing expertise and brand recognition. We provide marketing materials and strategies to help you promote your franchise and connect with your community.

Proven Recipes and Processes

Gain access to our secret family recipes and time-tested processes that make our water ice and treats so special.

Quality Assurance

We uphold the highest standards of quality and hygiene, ensuring that every scoop of John's Water Ice is a safe and delightful treat.

Ongoing Support

We're invested in your success. Benefit from ongoing support and guidance from our experienced team to address any questions or challenges that may arise.

Community Engagement​

At John's Water Ice, we believe in giving back. You'll not only run a business but also be a positive force in the neighborhoods you serve.

Great Partner For Hot Weather!

Secret family recipe sets John’s Water Ice apart; is it tangible, or is it The Family Business

Lemon, pineapple and strawberry water ice and pretzel at John's Water Ice

Our Journey

Want to be a part of the John's Water Ice legacy? Contact us to explore our franchise opportunity.

Our journey began in 1945 when founder John Cardullo arrived in the United States from Italy, bringing with him a secret family recipe. Over the years, John’s Water Ice became a beloved institution in Philadelphia, known for its authentic flavors and commitment to quality. Today, John’s Water Ice is in the capable hands of Anthony Cardullo, the 3rd generation owner, who carries forward the legacy of his grandfather while adding his own touches of innovation and excellence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Italian water ice, often simply referred to as “water ice,” is a frozen dessert that is characterized by its smooth, icy texture and vibrant fruit flavors. It’s made by blending fresh fruit juices with water and sugar, and it’s churned and frozen to create a refreshing and dairy-free treat. Unlike traditional ice cream, which contains dairy, Italian water ice is a lighter option with a focus on natural fruit flavors.

John’s Water Ice is unique for several reasons. First, we have a rich history dating back to 1945, with a secret family recipe that has been passed down through generations. Second, we use only the freshest fruit, filtered water, and pure sugar in our recipes, with no preservatives or additives. Third, our commitment to quality and authenticity ensures that every scoop of our water ice is a taste of tradition and excellence.

You can reach us by email at or by phone at 215-925-6955. We’re always happy to assist with any questions, catering inquiries, or special requests you may have.

Yes, we do offer franchise opportunities for those who are interested in sharing the John’s Water Ice tradition with their communities. For more information on franchise opportunities, please visit our Franchising page and get in touch with our team to discuss the possibilities.

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