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Oct 25, 2012 10:58 PM

The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck is FABULOUS!!!!!!

It all started with an episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate. It featured the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck and we were sent on a dippy cone fever. We tried several in L.A., but like so many other things, none left as enchanted as the one we had seen on Television.

So we went tonight to see if the heightened expectations could be met. They were. Dommy and I shared the mythical Salty Pimp and it took my current favorite Ice Cream Dessert the Straus Soft Serve with Carmel and Maldon Salt from pit fire [FYI It may not be on the menu at this time] and took it too another level The Ice Cream was both creamy and light on the tongue and was a good base for the flavors they layered on it. It was fun watching them put it together and seeing a power Grinder dusting the Sea Salt on the cone. The careful application of the ribbons of caramel and of course the quick dip into the chocolate.

They serve it in boat with a spoon. But on a cool night, it didn't warrant it, so we ordered it straight up. The chocolate shell was thin, nice dark flavor. The caramel popped on the tongue, didn't overpower the vanilla soft serve. The salt wasn't a huge hit, like those trying too hard salty chocolate bars, but a true accent to the overall flavors. And the cake cone, at first, didn't seem like anything special, especially since by then you have eaten all the chocolate, but it actually added a nice textural finish as it was wonderfully crisp. We inhaled it...and were ready to get back in line. But just kinda like a first kiss... we decided to walk away and just savor the memory.

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  1. The salty pimp is fantastic. Probably my favorite ice cream anywhere. The ice cream itself is creamy and light as you said. The addition of the dulce de leche and salt is fantastic. When they make the cone at the truck in NYC the guy in the truck uses a salt grinder with a flashlight built into it. I always ask for a little extra sprinkle.

    I really hope they come out to LA with either a truck or a brick n mortar.

    6 Replies
    1. re: js76wisco

      The post was meant to highlight that they are here this week! Today and Saturday are the two final days!

      1. re: Dommy

        How interesting! They're parked in my neighborhood this evening. I just might need to check them out-- my sister lives in NYC and raves about their ice cream. Thanks for the heads up.

        Mr Taster

        1. re: Mr Taster

          I gave them a try when I visited NYC. While good, I thought it was a bit overrated.

          1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

            Tried it tonight. I have to agree. A $5 soft serve ice cream cone (Bea Arthur) should have knocked my socks off, and it didn't. It was a fine cone though. (my friend got the salty pimp and was equally uninspired). The hipster crowd was kind of a turn off, too. Loved the name and the gay unicorn wrap on the truck though. Sadly, that was the highlight of the experience. Style over substance. A shame, too. I wanted to fall in love with the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck.

            Mr Taster

            1. re: Mr Taster

              Ah, Bea Arthur was my second choice, but I guess I did the right thing by getting the Awesomesauce which did knock my socks off. Like a mexican hot chocolate that's actually spicy. With candied pepitas. Consider me a fan.

              I don't see it on their website so I'm hoping it was a sticky sweet love letter to LA.

        2. re: Dommy

          I know about the week long pop up but there was some chatter about them possibly opening up either a truck or brick and mortar in LA. It was in an Eater post a few weeks back.

          Maybe it was just lip service but I'm holding out hope.

      2. It's ok. It's really more like soft serve than ice cream. If you like salted ice cream, the caramel one at Rustic Canyon and Sweet Rose Creamery is much better. The bourbon caramel sauce was a real highlight. The service is also very hospitable.