Gay Ice Cream
The first time I learned about The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck was when it was parked at 17th and Broadway a year ago. I passed by this innovative food truck hardly giving it a second glance. But the “big gay ice cream” really caught my attention. I was probably coming from a filling meal, which would be the only logical reason why I didn’t try it that day. This wasn’t the typical ice cream truck that plays annoyingly cheerful music around the ‘hood and sells Good Humor ice cream bars, sandwiches, and cones. Although, maybe they should play some “gay” music. Lady Gaga?
I’ve been following @biggayicecream on Twitter for quite some time in the hopes of running into it at some point. Finally! Today was the magical day. I was coming back from dinner at Caracas and a relaxing East Village walk when I read my latest lestorydefood Tweets and saw that the truck was parked at 7th St and 1st Ave. Conveniently, I was in the mood for something chocolatey and cold.
There was a line already forming when I got there. At that point, the tweet was only out for 7 minutes! The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck is one of the cool kids in the food truck world, and the line was indicative of that. What I really like about this food truck in particular is that the ice cream experts (sounds better than “truck people”) are super friendly, conversational, fun, and jovial. There are no angry and sweaty hipsters manning this truck; thus, I shall declare this truck HIPSTER-FREE. It’s officially safe for all of you to enjoy a pleasant food truck experience.
I ordered the Salty Pimp. How can I resist something called the Salty Pimp? Here’s the good stuff: Vanilla Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche and Sea Salt dipped in Warm Chocolate Sauce. I added some crushed peanuts to my Salty Pimp to bring out the sea salt and add a nutty flavor to the mix. The vanilla ice cream was very light and airy, but I couldn’t very well distinguish any vanilla flavor from the soft serve. It’s more of an icy base to highlight the chocolate, dulce de leche, sea salt, and peanuts. The Salty Pimp combination was perfection. The chocolate sauce wasn’t very thick and overwhelming, but it was a little on the dark side! Yay! The peanuts really enhanced the sea salt and chocolate. LOVE sea salt and chocolate together. Please try the Salty Pimp! Do it for me.