About Praline's Ice Cream
Dig into our Home Made Whipped Cream!
Praline's Ice cream has been Connecticut's original Super Premium Ice Cream maker for over 25 years founded by Donna and the late Joe Torre. Beginning as a lone ice cream shop with ice cream made in the back room daily...
Today the ice cream is still made locally in Wallingford CT at our manufacturing distribution facility which is still owned by Donna.
Praline's Ice Cream welcomes creativity which is why each individually owned store has its own unique niche. From birthday parties and ice cream socials to cakes, pies and other novelties such as doggie treats. Every store is different!
You're not just a customer number to us...
As Joe Torre used to say, which we still practice today...
"You're not just a customer number to us..."
So many businesses today are forgetting about the number one reason why they are in business, yes you guessed it - the customer! So Joe wanted to make sure their experience at Praline's was special. With this in mind we thrive on learning customers names and treating them like friends of the family. There is no other way to do it and that is what makes Praline's so successful and well liked. Our loyal fans come back to see us for great tasting ice cream and superior customer service.
Award winning ice cream!
When Joe Torre graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, he got a job on a cruise ship and noticed that the two hottest items were the shrimp and the ice cream. That became the inspiration for his career as founder and president of Praline's Ice Cream Company. As time went on, people were really into his precious treat and it is now notoriously known throughout Connecticut and it has received several rewards from the Advocate and the Record Journal. These include:
Praline's Ice Cream was voted the best in 2003 and has held the title for the best Ice Cream Shop 7 years in a row!
- 2010, Record Journal Readers Choice Award
- 2009, Record Journal Readers Choice Award
- 2008, Record Journal Readers Choice Award
- 2007, Record Journal Readers Choice Award
- 2006, Record Journal Readers Choice Award
- 2005, Record Journal Readers Choice Award
- 2004, Record Journal Readers Choice Award
- 2004, Advocate Best of Hartford Readers Poll
- 2003, Record Journal Readers Choice Award
Praline's Ice Cream gives back to the community...
Not only do we treat our customers with extraordinary respect, we also treat our community with the same respect. We understand there are several organizations and foundations that need help. So we dedicated some time to help raise money for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Since 2008, Praline's Ice Cream helped raise a Grand Total of $19,825 with our "Scoops for Kids" fundraiser.
Thank you for visiting our website and we hope that you can stop by and visit our Praline's Ice Cream stores when you get the urge for a special treat.
- The Torre Family