In a single generation, the ice cream truck has moved upmarket. Standing by the Red Hook ball fields, you’ll find immigrants rolling tiny pushcarts filled with flavored ices, chasing their dreams the way so many new Americans have, hawking a dessert of kings at nickel-and-dime prices. “For close to 50 years, that menu board has changed only four times,” Conway says.
“We were poor,” he laughs. With the U.S. Capitol as a backdrop, tourists wait in line to get ice cream from a food truck on the National Mall in Washington. Delicious, but too messy to handle,” was how Ruth Burt described the new ice cream treat her father, Harry Burt, concocted in 1920—a brick of vanilla ice cream encased in chocolate. Music systems are mechanical, such as automated digital pianos, or more commonly digital devices that have no tape or other moving parts. Carolyn Droke Contributing Writer.

It was an entirely unsanitary practice. By Notably, "Turkey in the Straw," a melody that — despite a long, … But there’s comfort in that. Vanilla and sugar were expensive, and access to ice was limited. And, Good Humor said, it wanted to do something about it. Made with condensed milk, sugar, vanilla extract, cornstarch, and gelatin, all cut into two-inch squares and wrapped in paper, the bite-sized dessert was the perfect street food. George Washington loved it. And with that, the Good Humor bar was born. And in New York City, Doug Quint, a classically trained bassoonist, turned a retired Mister Softee truck into the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, which spun off into a storefront that pairs classic soft serve with toppings like sriracha hot sauce and pumpkin butter.But classicists need not fear. Parents reach for their wallets. Italian and French monarchs developed a taste for sorbets. Fast food like burgers and hot dogs had infiltrated the menus in America’s swelling suburbs.

But even in this monarch-free land, the frosty desserts were an extravagance.

Before long, the trademark sailboat-blue and white ice cream trucks were being sold to vendors all over the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. When he became the first ice cream vendor to move from pushcarts to motorized trucks, giving his salesmen the freedom to roam the streets, his firm greatly expanded his business (and those of his many imitators) and would change how countless Americans eat—and how they experience summer.By the end of the 1920s, Good Humor settled on its signature vehicle: a gleaming white pickup truck outfitted with a refrigeration unit. Burt was already delivering ice cream from a motorized vehicle when he had the idea to place chocolate covered ice cream bars on a stick. Growing up in suburban Riverside, Conn., he’d race toward the siren song. The idea was hardly revolutionary in the world of sweets, of course. Drivers became a welcome, personable neighborhood presence. By the end of the decade, Good Humor had gotten out of the mobile ice cream business altogether, turning to grocery store distribution.Yet some drivers continued to make their rounds under the Good Humor banner on their own, to the delight of generations of children.

Prohibition had helped soda fountains and ice cream shops proliferate in place of bars. At the time, soft-serve machines had become popular in soda shops, and the Conways saw no reason they couldn’t go mobile.

Burt had made a name for himself by sticking a wooden handle on a ball of candy to create the Jolly Boy Sucker—a newfangled lollipop. Popular ice cream truck tunes in the Early ice cream vans carried simple ice cream, during a time when most families did not own a freezer. He’d inspect the full menu, pondering each offering, from cartoon-colored Popsicles to animal-shaped treats with gum balls for eyes. Although Good Humor phased out its trucks in the late ’70s, today there are more than 400 Mister Softee franchises employing more than 700 trucks across 15 states. Except for the trucks’ tune technology—the jingle is now blasted loud and clear through electronic circuits—they’re unchanged, right down to the classic soft serve menu on the side.

And as the upper-class crowd packs into the Van Leeuwen shop to sample the gourmet scoops, just one neighborhood over it’s evident how little ice cream has changed. Ready for a bigger challenge, he set out to create an ice cream novelty. The treat looked good, but it was messy.

Then they returned the glass to the peddler, who would swish it in a pail before refilling it for the next customer.