Quint's people skills--Petroff was still largely occupied by his day job and so spent less time in the truck--also helped. But Big Gay Ice Cream's social accounts kept attracting followers. But in the Northeast, soft serve rules. Banan-o-Graham is a blend of caramelized banana ice cream, graham swirls and graham crunch; Fluffernutter is comprised of peanut butter ice cream with marshmallow swirls, mini marshmallows and peanut pralines; and Spicy Choco-Lit is a tongue-tingling mix of milk chocolate ice cream, spicy fudge swirls and hot cinnamon candy pieces.
Winter: two years later.
Hello Giggles. What do you think of that? Petroff, his boyfriend, was working in human resources for a clothing retailer, and figured it would be fun to come up with a unique menu. We have too much fun together to maintain our connections solely by Wi-Fi.
Bacon didn't work on cones, but it did in ice cream sandwiches. But their soft serve was yummy, the founders charming and forthright, and the concept bold enough to catch the attention of jaded New Yorkers. And yes, the flavor Dorothy--a Big Gay Ice Cream are makers of the world s of vanilla soft serve, dulce de leche, and crushed Nilla Wafers--nods to the coded term gay men used 60 years ago to privately identify themselves to one another.
Big Gay Ice Cream went in search of a home. Cups also beat cones. Kerry Diamond. Hello Giggles. Quint says he occasionally hears from people who think the brand is a cynical marketing ploy. Of course we eat other brands of ice cream.
Quint's people skills--Petroff was still largely occupied by his day job and so spent less time in the truck--also helped. This is where he and his business partner, Bryan Petroff, got their start selling wild concoctions like the American Globs, soft serve ice cream mixed with smashed, nearly burned pretzels and covered in chocolate dip.
Since then, the co-founders--together with third partner Jon Chapski, who joined in and actually knows something about the food business--have expanded into two more New York locations and one in Philadelphia. By New York City standards, the company's first store--in a former juice bar in the East Village--was cheap.