Klondike history

What did they do-ooo-ooo to make a Klondike® bar?

Allow us to introduce ourselves …

Like many classic American brands, Klondike® began with humble roots and flourished through hard work, passion and a commitment to quality more powerful than a wave of brain freeze.

The origins of the Klondike® Bar can be traced back to William Isaly, the son of Swiss immigrants, who founded the Islay Dairy Company in Ohio during the early 1900s. (So next time you bite into one of our frozen cubes of deliciousness, you can yell, “Thank you Papa William!” — Or not.)

The original Klondike® Bar was handmade by dipping square slices of homemade ice cream into pans of rich, delicious Swiss milk chocolate. The family produced the bars in Ohio just outside of Youngstown and in Pittsburgh. By the 1940s, the Isaly family had several dairy plants that supplied more than 300 Isaly Dairy stores. Klondike® Bars were sold in all stores..

Klondike® Bar becomes a national favorite

Until the 1970s, Klondike® ice cream was sold only in Pennsylvania and Ohio. In 1978, distribution expanded into Florida, followed by New York and New England. Finally, in 1982, a nationwide advertising and publicity campaign was launched with the tag, “What would you do for a Klondike® Bar?” Soon Klondike Bars were available across the country.

So there’s a quick look into our history. Now back to making the Klondike® flavors and ice cream treats you love.