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Twistee Treat buildings are 28 feet tall and 20 feet wide fiberglass ice cream cones topped with cherries. The design was created by Robert G. "Skip" Skinner who built the first location in North Fort Myers in 1982. The buildings were produced in Cape Coral, FL. They were made from 19 pieces of fiberglass and assembled on-site. By 1986, there were 30 locations, all of them in Florida. It is believed that about 90 of these buildings were produced over the years. About half of them have been demolished.

In 1990, the company filed for bankruptcy. A new company was formed in 1996. In 1999, this new Twistee Treat Corporation still managed 35 locations in Florida and Missouri and planned to expand to Georgia and Texas. These new locations were to offer gourmet coffee, burgers, and other food. The interiors were to feature swivel stools, white fiberglass counters, and a white and magenta color scheme. However, I don't believe any of these new buildings were ever built. The company ceased to exist around 2000. Before becoming defunct, Twistee Treat sold the franchising rights to a company in Canada. Using the name of Twirlees, the company produced similar, smaller mobile units and trucks. There were several of these units in Florida. There was one of these units at the Twistee Treat in Ocala, FL which was moved to West Chester, OH (see below).

In 2010, an Orlando-based company was established to revive the Twistee Treat chain. In 2011, Twistee Treat USA opened a location in Orlando, FL. The company now has 13 locations in Florida: Kissimmee (3), Tampa (3), Orlando (2), Davenport, Spring Hill, Sebring, Tarpon Springs, and Sheldon. For more, see this website.

If you are interesting in selling or purchasing a "vintage" Twistee Treat building, see the list at the bottom of the next page.

Twist o' the Mist
Niagara Falls, NY
King Kone
Perry, MI
The Twist o' the Mist was originally part of the Twistee Treat chain. The light fixtures on the property are made from ice cream piggy banks. Around 2005, green awnings were added to the building. For more, see this website. [map]

The Twistee Treat in Perry goes by the name of King Kone. It has been there since at least 2006. [map]

Whippy Dip
Hemlock, MI
Twistee Treat
Clyde, OH
The Twistee Treat in Hemlock goes by the name of Whippy Dip. The building has been here since at least 2007. [map]

The Twistee Treat in Clyde might have been one of the buildings brought up from Florida by Russell Draime. There is a Twistee Treat gravemarker in Clyde. [map]

The Cone
West Chester, OH
The Cone's Twistee Treat building was brought here from Florida in 1993 by Russell Draime. It opened in 1995. In 2005, the Twistee building was partially enclosed with an addition which includes a dining area. That same year, the owners brought the Mobile Cone up from Louisiana. It is believed that it was produced in Florida in the 1980s or 1990s before the Twirlees mobile units were developed. The owner has several Twirlees units. He also had a 13 foot tall mobile Snowman stand which has moved to Portersville, PA in 2013. For more, see this website. [map]

Twistee Treat
Lincoln Way East
Massillon, OH
Twistee Treat
Amherst Rd.
Massillon, OH
Twistee Treat
Lincoln Way NW
Massillon, OH
Massillon has three Twistee Treat locations. The Amherst Rd. location is currently for sale (see bottom of next page). The abundance of Twistee Treat buildings in Ohio can be credited to Russell Draime who bought and brought 13 of them from Florida many years ago.

The photo of the Lincoln Way East location is from 2012. By 2015, the site had become a car lot but the Twistee Treat building was still there. By 2016, the place was serving ice cream again. [map]

I believe the other two locations in Massillon are still open. [Amherst Rd. map]; [Lincoln Way NW map]

Twistee Treat [gone?]
Brownsville, TX
Twistee Treat
Pflugerville, TX
Twistee Treat
at The Gravel Pit [gone]
Batavia, NY
The Twistee Treat in Brownsville was originally located in Port Isabel, TX. It had been in storage since 2006 and was installed in Brownsville in 2010 where it was named the Ice Cream Factory. This photo is from 2011. I believe it was still there and open in 2013. However, I'm told that the building is gone now. For more, see this website. [map]

The Twistee Treat in Pflugerville housed Nana's Treat House when this photo was taken in 2011. The roof was painted red previously when this place was known as Twisters Ice Cream. By 2013, Nana's had closed. In 2015, the building began housing Snow Angels Shaved Ice. The roof is still yellow. [map]

The Twistee Treat in Batavia was part of The Gravel Pit which also features bumper cars, an arcade, mini golf and a driving range. This Twistee Treat was moved here in 2002 from northwestern NY. This photo is from 2010. By 2015, the Gravel Pit had closed and this Twistee Treat was gone. I don't know if it was moved or destroyed.

Falls Twistee Treat [gone]
Newton Falls, OH
Chubby's Treats
Canton, OH
The Falls Twistee Treat opened in 2010. The building was previously located in Florida. In 2012, the building was sold on eBay for $35,000. I was told that it was moving back to Florida.

Chubby's Treats is the most sundae-like Twistee Treat of all the remaining locations. I doubt the chocolate syrup is original. However, the cherry red plastic ball might be. The building in Mattoon, IL below has one just like it. [map]

South Shore Sweet Spot
Clear Lake, IA
Kris & Kate's Ice Cream Treats
St. Joseph, MO
The South Shore Sweet Spot opened in 2011. The top half of the building came from a Twistee Treat. Around 2010, it was moved to Iowa from North Fort Myers, FL where it was last used as a barber shop in the 1990s. The bottom half had already been demolished. It was recreated here with concrete. For more, see this website. [map]

I'm not sure when Kris & Kate's Ice Cream Treats opened but this building was still a Twistee Treat back in the mid-1990s. It was painted pink when it became Kris & Kate's. [map]

Twistee Treat
Philadelphia, PA
Christine's Twistee Treat
Levittown, PA
The Twistee Treat building in Philadelphia was moved here from Florida around 1990 by the owners of Captain's Choice which is located next door. They brought two other Twistee Treat buildings to the area at the same time. Christine's Twistee Treat was one of them. The third was probably the one in Bristol, PA which was later destroyed. [Philadelphia map]; [Levittown map]

Twistee Treat
Collegeville, PA
Turtle Twist
Canonsburg, PA
The Twistee Treat in Collegeville is part of the Collegeville Pitstop which also features go-karts, mini golf, and a video arcade. The Collegeville Pitstop opened in 1997 after being brought up from Florida. [map]

Turtle Twist is a former Twistee Treat. This building was previously installed in 1992 at an amusement park in Lakewood, NY. It was reassembled here in 2004. The turtle is a reference to one of the owners alma mater: the University of Maryland, home of the Terrapins. [map]

Twistee Treat
Wernersville, PA
M&M Twistee Treat
East Peoria, IL
Twistee Treat [gone]
Princeton, WV
The Twistee Treat in Wernersville is known as the Wertz Ice Cream Cone. The building was previously located in Iowa. It was moved here in the late 1990s. For many years, it was tucked away next to a larger building which served as a restaurant and ice cream parlor. In 2007, it was moved a couple blocks away to a more prominent location. [map]

The M&M Twistee Treat has been here for many years. I don't know when it moved here or how it wound up so far from its Florida birthplace. [map]

The Twistee Treat in Princeton had been here since around 2004. It is believed that this building was previously located in Pennsylvania. These photos are from 2012. It closed later that year and by 2013, the building was gone.

Twistee Treat
Mattoon, IL
Twistee Treat
Livingston, IL
The Twistee Treat in Mattoon is also known as Rhoadside Custard, named after the owners of Rhoads Refrigeration who bought this stand and moved it here from Florida. I believe this stand serves frozen custard rather than soft-serve ice cream. [map]

The Twistee Treat in Livingston is located at the Pink Elephant Antique Mall. [map]

Twistee Treat
Wyandotte St. E.
Windsor, ON
Twistee Treat [gone]
Tecumseh Rd. E.
Windsor, ON
Twistee Treat
London, ON
There were two Twistee Treat locations in Windsor. These photos are from 2011. The location on Wyandotte St. E. is still there as of 2012. However, the location on Tecumseh Rd. E. was gone by 2012. There was at least one other location in Windsor that is also gone. [Wyandotte St. E. map]

There were two Twistee Treat locations in London. This one on Southdale Rd. is still there. [map] [photo thanks Crystal Young Photography]

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