Reality check. Neighborhood ice cream trucks aren’t what they once were. The trucks from my youth had more style and served better ice cream. I will grant you that my memory may be clouded by nostalgia, but I liken today’s vans to roving convenience stores.
From time-to-time, my overall disappointment in today’s ice cream trucks is obliterated as I get wind of companies who take a little more pride in their trucks and ice cream. This is one of those days.
In Seattle, Washington, the Bluebird Microcreamery acquired a 1958 DIVCO milk truck that’s been refurbished and retrofitted to become their mobile ice cream truck. The truck will be used for delivering ice cream and serving at special events.
The residents of Miami, Florida can rejoice. They just got a Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwich Truck. These stylish trucks already roam the streets of Los Angeles, California, Austin, Texas and New York City serving up a unique brand of ice cream sandwich. Flavors range from Balsamic Fig & Mascarpone to Guinness Chip to Mango Sticky Rice.
My absolute favorite ice cream truck story comes from Great Britain. Fredericks, the makers of Cadbury’s ice cream, launched the HMS Flake 99, an amphibious ice cream van. This past summer, British beach-goers were treated to the site of their ice cream truck arriving by water. This aquatic delivery system was created, in part, to get around laws banning ice cream trucks from city streets. After it’s success on England’s coast, the truck is scheduled to cross the English Channel to Venice where it’ll serve up everyone’s favorite treat along the city’s famous canals.