It is a brand of ice cream, established by Polish immigrants Reuben and Rose Mattus in the Bronx, New York, in 1961. Starting with only three flavors: vanilla, chocolate and coffee, the company opened its first retail store in Brooklyn, NY in 1976 and then offered franchises throughout the United States and 54 other countries around the world. It produces ice cream, ice cream bars, ice cream cakes, sorbet and frozen yogurt. The name does not derive from any of the North Germanic languages; it is simply two made-up words meant to look Scandinavian to American eyes. This is known in the marketing industry as foreign branding. Mattus included an outline map of Scandinavia on early labels, as well as the names of Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm, to reinforce the Scandinavian theme. However, to Scandinavians the name doesn't look particularly Scandinavian, and is often presumed to be a German brand.