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Aug 2, 2004 12:23 PM
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Mr. Softee Ice Cream Trucks

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OK, does anyone know if these trucks which populate New York city during the summer months are kosher?

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  1. To my knowledge, most of the trucks are not certified themselves, but carry packaged items that bear certification (as opposed to the soft-serve stuff). But I do recall at least one truck, called "Mr. Glida," that frequented the orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn that was certified chalav yisroel kosher. I don't know if it's still making the rounds.

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    1. re: Beerhound

      Mr. Softee soft-serve Ice Cream is kosher under the Kof-K. Go wild, Jews!!!

      1. re: amy t

        Do they provide certification for the trucks, or just the branded mix or whatever they put in the machines?

        1. re: Beerhound

          I passed a Mr. Softee truck and there it was... a big fat juicy Kof-K painted onto the truck.

          That's the scoop!

          amy t.

          1. re: amy t.
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            Moshe Horowitz

            Not so in Teaneck, N.J. home of the Chof K. Not so in Highland Park, N,J., Brooklyn...

            1. re: Moshe Horowitz

              I am the VP of Mister Softee Inc.
              To my knowledge no trucks are individually certified.
              However all the food products ( ice cream, cones, sprinkles, toppings etc ) we serve are kosher. Our franchisees are required by the franchise contract to only sell the products we specify. There may be instances of dealers using non-approved product but we do our best to enforce the franchise and the vast majority of dealers comply.

              1. re: James Conway

                Dear James, I'm writing a book about ice cream, and was hoping to get in touch with you about including Mister Softee. Can we set up a time to talk? best, Amy a_ettinger@yahoo.com

                1. re: AmyEtt

                  On the off-chance he isn't monitoring this 11 year-old thread, you might want to try contacting the company at http://www.mistersoftee.com/contact-us or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mister...

              2. re: Moshe Horowitz

                do you have any ice cream trucks that can run at a fair. if so what kind of extra equipment do you need. we need everything kosher

            2. re: Beerhound
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              Moshe Horowitz

              No trucks have been approved to date

            3. re: amy t
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              Moshe Horowitz

              Not here to rain or your parade but, by stating a product that is kosher when it is in its raw (powder) state is okay, but to state that Mr. Softee's soft-serve products are under Chof K is outrightly inappropriate and untrue. The truck driver is not bound to use only the mixes that Mr. Softee sells as he can get them cheaper elsewhere. Let The Buyer Beware!!!
              You would be surprised what my friend when he inspected Dunkin' Donut shops. Non-Dunkin Donut mixes were found a long with non-approved shortenings.

          2. I've seen the one near the Verrazano bridge (by Ceasar's Bay) and it usually carries Klein's ice cream bars.

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            1. re: essingepicure

              Can't speak for anyone else, but I would not choose a pre-made, commercial ice cream bar over fresh-served, soft-serve ice cream.

              1. re: queenscook

                When you're buying from a Mister Softee truck, it's generally not in a place where you can be picky if you have kashrut issues. Also, as someone who worked in a place that served "upscale" soft serve, there's nothing "fresh" about it. I still eat it but it's not fresh.

                1. re: CloggieGirl

                  I recall that the Mister Softee clone that is usually around 68th and Amsterdam has a teudah in his window.

                  1. re: CloggieGirl

                    The term I used, "fresh served," means to me that the ice cream is coming freshly out of the machinery. That's a far cry from an ice cream bar that was made two or three months ago, frozen, and in the freezer and for all that time. it may not be haute cuisine, but there's still a fresher taste than a pre-frozen bar.

                    1. re: queenscook

                      I'd prefer a frozen bar of actual ice cream any time over a cup of powdered mix with water and air added in a machine in the back of a van.

                      1. re: davidg1

                        Ingredients of a Klein's ice cream bar (from their website):

                        Ingredients: milk fat, sugar, non-fat milk, corn sweetener, mono & diglycerides, guar gum, cellulose gum, artificial flavor, salt, carrageenan, polysorbate 80 & artificial colors (FD&C yellow #5, Red #40).

                        Chocolate flavored coating: coconut oil, sugar, cocoa, and lecithin.

                        YUM!

                        1. re: queenscook

                          I don't understand your response.

                          You've picked the nastiest ice cream bar you can find (that I'd be unlikely to find, let alone eat) but it still sounds more appealing than the same set of ingredients bagged into a non-perishable dry powder and reconstituted with water in the back of a truck!

                          1. re: davidg1

                            What don't you understand? That was the exact brand and type of ice cream that essingepicure mentioned about six responses above as being a kosher product available from a Mister Softee truck. It was to that comment that I responded that I'd prefer the freshly-served soft serve to the packaged product.

                            1. re: queenscook

                              As comparison, the Haagen Dazs vanilla milk chocolate bar, which is OU:

                              vanilla ice cream: cream, skim milk, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla extract.
                              milk chocolate and vegetable oil coating: milk chocolate (sugar, whole milk powder, chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), coconut oil.

                              1. re: queenscook

                                Let me repeat: it still sounds more appealing than the same set of ingredients bagged into a non-perishable dry powder and reconstituted with water in the back of a truck!

                                  1. re: davidg1

                                    Into a machine that is impossible to clean properly.

                                    1. re: CloggieGirl

                                      I don't know exactly what model machine the trucks use but I can tell you with absolute certainty born of many hours cleaning soft serve machines that they most definitely can be cleaned (and sanitized) properly. Whether or not these machines are cleaned regularly or thoroughly is another question entirely.