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says it all for this Chico institution! Begun in 1938 when Leonard C. Shubert left Montana, at age 54, to find a location in California for an ice cream shop. As he drove down the tree-lined Esplanade, Shubert was very impressed with Chico and decided this was where his business could thrive. His nephew, Charles Pulliam, Sr., joined him three years later and eventually bought the business from Shubert’s widow in 1951.
Not only is Shubert’s Ice Cream and Candy in the same building in downtown Chico, but it also uses one of Leonard Shubert’s original ice cream making machines. The business is still in the in the same family, with the fourth generation of Pulliams currently making ice cream, rolling out candies and dipping chocolates right on the premises.

This unbroken connection to Chico’s
history and to traditional entrepreneurship
is reflected in the family’s dedication to
maintaining the highest standard of quality
in their products. Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candies are still hand made using many local ingredients: the butter, cream, honey and nuts are purchased from family-owned farms surrounding Chico. The seasonal favorites, such as boysenberry sundaes in the spring, watermelon sherbet in the summer, and pumpkin ice cream in the fall, contain locally grown produce to give them that distinctive homemade taste.

In the spring of 2008, as Shubert’s celebrated 70 years of success, appreciative customers sent letters of praise to ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Those letters, subsequent voting and tasting resulted in Shubert’s being named one of the two best ice cream stores in the nation.That’s what Shubert’s is really all about: tradition, high quality, and distinctive homemade taste. Come in to the shop and sample a bit of Chico history!