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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning

"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Soft Ice Cream Trucks...

So, the ice cream man came through our neighborhood recently, and SJC and I started wondering why they don't have ice cream trucks that sell soft ice cream. Seems like they would make a killing. After a lifetime's worth of wacky wafers and Italian Ice, it would be refreshing to be able to get a soft vanilla with raindbow sprinkles, no?

So we got on the internet, and low and behold, they do exist: Mr. Softee has been serving soft ice cream from a truck since 1956. Unfortunately, they only have franchisee trucks in about 4 states, and none in upstate NY. I wonder why no one has tapped this market? - I would easily pay 3 dollars for the occasional soft ice cream cone right on the street in front of my house.

So then I email my friend Tom and he lets me know that, growing up in south central Pennsylvania, he has never seen an ice-cream truck except a soft-serve ice cream truck. Go figure.

I still think it's a cash cow if someone starts one up in Albany.

Just for fun, my top 10 most purchased ice cream man treats when i was a kid:

10. Ice Cream "Crunch Bar" - along with #5, the only treat on the list my mom approved of
9. Candy assortment - "Nerds," "Now and Laters," etc. - all pure flavored suguar
8. Frozen "Charleston Chew" - easily still stuck in my teeth 5 hours later.
7. "Choco Taco" - about 700 calories worth of sugar, ice cream, and chocolate in taco shape.
6. "Bubble Tape" - who doesn't need 6 feet of gum in their mouth at one time?
5. "Creamsicle" - my most conservative pick, but always delicious.
4. "Wacky Wafers" - compacted flavored sugar about the size of a quarter - 5 in a pack.
3. "Fun Dip" - a stick of hardened sugar that you licked and dipped into more sugar.
2. "Rain-blo" gum - taste lasted about 3 seconds, but it was only 10 cents for 6 pieces
1. Italian Ice - either lemon or watermelon flavor. Flip it over to get the juice early!

Got any other classics?
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At 10:37 AM , Anonymous Mom said:

Hey Matt,

I think that I also approved of the #1 choice on the list, Italian Ice. My greates recolections about the icecream truck involve the fact that it invariably came through our neighborhood a half an hour before dinner time, and trying to convince you and your sister to put the treats in the freezer until after we ate.    

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