When you think of nutty buddies, your mind might go to the Seymour Ice Cream Company in Dorchester, MA. That was the place where nutty buddies were invented and originally manufactured. When Buddy Seymourian opened Seymour’s in 1938 with his brother Albert, he had a goal: make “the best ice cream cone.” The brothers thought that adding nuts on top would be a great way to do just that. They added peanuts and chocolate chips into their vanilla-chocolate mixture –and voila! There it was: an ice cream cone topped with the vanilla-chocolate mix, chocolate-vanilla mix, and peanuts… a Nutty Buddy!
The Seymour brothers didn’t stop there. They also added chocolate sprinkles, shredded coconut, and even crushed Oreos to the mix in order to create variations of their invention. But it was that original mixture — vanilla-chocolate with peanuts– that made this product stand out from all others. And eventually, it would be dubbed the “Nutty Buddy.”
Seymour Ice Cream Company (Seymour, MA)
Port Norfolk section of Dorchester, Massachusetts
The “Nutty Buddy” was originally created and produced by Seymour Ice Cream Company, which was located in the Port Norfolk section of Dorchester, Massachusetts. The company ceased operations in the 1980s. Nutritional information is not available for this discontinued product. It appears that it has been replaced with a similar ice cream called “Frozen.” A side-by-side comparison shows they are very close to being identical products except for some color scheme differences: Froz’n is peanut butter flavored instead of chocolate, and the “Nutty Buddy” originally had a chocolate shell in addition to its vanilla ice cream.
The nutty buddy name is now used by the Nutty Buddy Company in Quincy, Massachusetts. The company was purchased by Bill and Susan Parker at an auction of Seymour Ice Cream’s assets on June 16th, 1980. They had been making nutty buddies since 1978 for their family-run ice cream business called “Parker’s Frozen Custard.” It has been reported that they were using a similar recipe to make it as what Seymour created due to being friends with its creator. As of 2017, the company makes over 300 dozen nutty buddies each day throughout the year.
Nutritional information for Nutty Buddy: 360 calories, 18 grams of fat, 28 grams of sugars, and 12% calcium per serving (two cones). The nutty buddy has been discontinued since 1980. A side-by-side comparison shows it is very close to being identical to a similar frozen dessert with peanuts called a “Conejo,” which is made by Friendly’s ice cream company.
Seymour Ice Cream stopped operations in 1980s. As of 2017 it makes over 300 dozen nutty buddies each day throughout the year. The company currently manufactures around 50 different flavors as well as its original “nutty buddy” flavor.
The nutty buddy has been discontinued since 1980 but can be found at some Friendly’s restaurants or outlets for $14 for two cones ($56 per gallon). A side-by-side comparison shows it is almost identical to a similar frozen dessert with peanuts called the “Conejo” which is made by Friendly’s ice cream company.
A nutty buddy, also known as nutty buncher and peanut butter cup cone, is an ice-cream coated scoop of vanilla or chocolate soft serve topped with another scoop of the same flavor. The original Seymour Ice Cream Company created Nutty Buddys in 1948 and they were popular until 1980 when production ceased because Buddy Seymourian retired from being president at age 71.