If you want to try something from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, today's your last day; New York City's favorite gay ice cream man Doug Quint is closing for the season tonight. [cue dramatic rolling of single tear down cheek]
If you get just one thing, I'd recommend The Salty Pimp. It may look like a typical chocolate dipped cone, but...what's that peeking out? Is that a glob of dulce de leche?
Bite through the thin, crisp chocolate shell and, aside from the caramel goo, you discover that something else is hidden beneath the chocolate coating: salt. Fat sea salt crystals that crunch along with the shell. It seemed like such a simple combination—like chocolate-covered salted caramel in soft serve-form—but you don't see any other Mister Softee trucks drizzling dulce de leche and sprinkling sea salt on their cones, right? Only Doug does that.
And for one brief moment in my mostly Debbie Downer demeanor, a clearing appeared. And the sun shone through. And its rays were made of dairy-based joy that only an Electro Freeze machine could bring.
I also love the Affogayto Mexicano (vanilla soft serve topped with whipped cream and hot chocolate made of Scharffen Berger cocoa powder and cayenne pepper), and pumpkin lovers shouldn't overlook the Gobbler (vanilla soft serve topped with crushed graham crackers, pumpkin butter, and whipped cream), but between utterances of, "MAN THIS IS REALLY GOOD, WHY IS IT SO GOOD," Jessica and I agreed that the Salty Pimp was our favorite.
Check @biggayicecream on Twitter for all the latest updates. The truck will be at Broadway and 17th Street from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. then move to Destination Bar at Avenue A and 13th Street for their end-of-season party from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. I can't make it to the party—I'm going to the Burger Bash for the Wine and Food Festival—so EAT PLENTY OF ICE CREAM FOR ME. Kthnx.