Sea Salt on your ice cream? Or maybe some vanilla ice cream topped with balsamic syrup?
Check out The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck and you’ll soon find out that they are remarkable flavors that will blow your mind. The truck roams the streets of NYC – a brainchild of musician Douglas Quint who announces the truck’s locations on Twitter and on his blog.
And that was what brought us to Broadway and 17th on Union Square one sunny day in October last year. The truck is all about fun and unique toppings that brightens up an otherwise plain soft serve.
Novel and experimental toppings one would not think of pairing with ice cream, from the best-loved crushed graham crackers and nutella, to the innovative sea salt, olive oil, and elderflower syrup to the more radical wasabi and cayenne pepper to name a few.
Manned by no other than Quint himself, the truck was still closed when we arrived and not long after, a line of eager customers ensued.
I ordered their most popular regular – The Salty Pimp, which is vanilla ice cream injected with dulce de leche (something like caramel) sprinkled with sea salt and then dipped in chocolate. The sweetness of the ice cream and dulce de leche fused with bursts of sea salt is a new marriage my taste buds easily took to.
My friend M got the simpler Bea Arthur, which was dulce de leche injected vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with crushed Nilla Wafers – which she says is her favorite.
There were daring concoctions that I wasn’t brave enough to try like the Cococone, vanilla ice cream and curried coconut flakes. – my palate couldn’t marry that just yet. There are however still an army of interesting blends that caught my fancy if only I can handle more ice cream that day… if given more days in New York, I’d probably be lining up again the next day to sample the peppermint syrup and cacao bits topping or its olive oil and sea salt combo or… do you think I should pack up and transfer residence? 😀