If you’ve been living under a rock and have never heard of Big Gay Ice Cream before, here’s the deal. Founders Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff started selling their soft serve ice creams out of a truck in NYC in 2009, but within two years, their popularity grew enough that in 2011 they opened their first store in the East Village. (No matter what time of day, there was always a giant line when I lived there.) This was followed by two more shops in NYC and then in 2015, they debuted their first store outside of the Big Apple in Philadelphia.
Best known for fun treats like the ultra decadent Salty Pimp Cone (vanilla soft serve lathered in dulce de leche covered with a salty dark chocolate shell) and American Globs (vanilla soft serve with dark chocolate pretzel pieces affectionately named after Neil Gaiman’s book, “American Gods”), their ice cream tantalizes your tastebuds and their quirky names like Salty Pimp and Rocky Roadhouse are certainly a conversation starter.
The brand recently launched a collection of pints available in all Big Gay Ice Cream locations as well as selectsupermarket shelves. Here are the flavors you can find during your late night run to Fairway. You can also buy online through Amazon Fresh, Fresh Direct and Jet.
Lunchbox (strawberry ice cream with strawberry filled peanut buttery cups and thick peanut butter swirls)
The big question is do the pints hold up their delectable shop treats? We tried a Dorothy, Birfdae Cek and American Globs in the office today and the general consensus is that you can’t compare apples and oranges.
First of all, everything tastes better in a cone and you can’t box up the experience of soft serve ice cream.
The pints do offer a fresh spin to at-home ice cream indulgence. The overall feel is a much lighter ice cream texture than Ben & Jerry’s with a lot more sweetness.
The office favorite was clearly American Globs (vanilla ice cream, sea salt, pretzels, chocolate) as there’s none left.
I also loved Dorothy, with its swirls of dulce de leche and vanilla. It’s ultra sugary but sometimes you need it.
In terms of Birfdae Cek, love the concept but it was a little too orange in color for my taste. Tasted just like a slice of birthday cake though, if you’re into that sort of thing.
For more information on Big Gay Ice Cream, visit: biggayicecream.com.
Have you tried a pint? Tell us what you thought about it!