Ice cream is as American as apple pie, all the way back to our Founding Fathers’ love for the cool and sweet treat.
And, the third Sunday in July marks our celebration of National Ice Cream Day which, is so popular that the holiday falls during National Ice Cream Month.
With so many options to indulge in, check out these NYC ice cream trucks that’ll make you scream for ice cream!
ICE CREAM THAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD
Van Leeuwen takes pride in that mission statement. Along with a big scoop of all-natural ingredients, happiness and healthiness can go hand-in-hand. So, you can feel good while enjoying National Ice Cream Day.
Started in 2008, Van Leeuwen’s eye-catching yellow truck has been cruising the streets of New York, serving scrumptious dishes and cones of classic flavors like cookies and cream and the “holy trinity” of ice cream flavors (chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla) and unique creations like “carrot cake doughnut” and “peanut butter brownie chip.” Plus, Van Leeuwen offers vegan options as well, so no matter your diet, you can enjoy a cool treat on a hot summer day.
And, Van Leeuwen knows how to feed a crowd. With ice cream catering, their trucks are perfect for branded promotions. In 2019, they partnered with Stuart Weitzman for the luxury footwear designer’s “Dare To Daryl” campaign upon the launch of their “Daryl” sneaker line.
Utilizing a branded truck, complimentary Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream inspired by Daryl’s eye-catching vintage color palette was served to over 6,000 customers.
“MELT” IN YOUR MOUTH ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
Since 2010, Melt Bakery has sought to create the world’s best ice cream sandwiches and serve them with a smile.
From “The Elvis” (peanut butter cookies with banana ice cream) to “The Lovelett” (red velvet melt-cakes with cream cheese ice cream), this Vendy Award winner for “Best Dessert” is celebrated for their outrageous and adventurous creations.
And, last summer they served their homemade desserts at that year’s U.S. Open, where thousands of attendees were able to sample the “Evil Twin” (chocolate chip cookies with chocolate ice cream) and “The Cinnamax” (snickerdoodle cookies with cinnamon ice cream).
AN ITALIAN AMERICAN CLASSIC
Italian ices are a New York dessert staple and Andy’s Italian Ices are as iconic in The Big Apple as The Statue of Liberty. Founded in 2009, Andy’s Italian Ices serves a mouth-watering variety of 35 water-ice, crème-ice, and sugar-free flavors.
One of the most popular dessert trucks in NYC, Andy’s Italian Ices is also known for its gourmet coffee and espresso bar (along with fresh fruit smoothies and frozen coffee drinks). So, when you’re ordering a cup of their iconic “USA Rainbow” or “Sicilian Cannoli” on National Ice Cream Day, make sure to also grab a cool iced latte, macchiato, or cappuccino.
THE ICE CREAM TRUCK LEGEND
No list of NYC’s best ice cream trucks to make your National Ice Cream Day spectacular would be complete without the legendary Mister Softee.
For over 64 years, the unmistakable jingle of the Mister Softee ice cream truck has been an indelible piece of nostalgia, and they’re still making memories for kids of all ages. Boasting over 625 trucks across 18 states, Mister Softee is the definition of warm weather and sunny skies.
And, they have the experience to do it all. From corporate events to weddings or even just to celebrate National Ice Cream Day, Mister Softee reigns supreme as the Northeast’s favorite summertime treat.
MAKE NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY A TREAT WITH NYC ICE CREAM TRUCKS
For 36 years, National Ice Cream Day has been a fan favorite “holiday” in the U.S.. But, our love of ice cream has always been with us, all the way back to Thomas Jefferson’s “Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream” recipe now housed in the Library of Congress.
So, with summer heating up and more people venturing outdoors again, why not celebrate National Ice Cream day with the finest (and most creative) NYC ice cream trucks to help feed your sweet tooth.
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