In 1980, we began creating small batches of super-rich ice cream, using original family recipes handed down through the generations. At first, ice cream was just a sideline to the family milk-processing business. However, demand grew steadily and soon it became clear that Gifford’s Ice Cream was something special. Made from fresh cream and top-quality ingredients, it had that old-fashioned, super-rich “ice cream stand” flavor––just like it has today.
In 1983, we made a full-time commitment to ice cream. With a core of six determined employees, it was “all hands on deck” for the extended Gifford’s family. We started
gradually in small towns in rural Maine; soon, the Gifford’s name was known throughout the state and beyond. Everyone pitched in then and they still do today.