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Published May 17th 2012
The next time you're walking about New York City and you develop a craving for ice cream, coffee or freshly baked pastries, hopefully you'll run into one of three Van Leeuwen Artisan food trucks, which are parked in various locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Van Leeuwen food trucks delight with their gourmet ice cream, baked goods and coffee.
Starting with their first truck in 2008, co-owners Pete Van Leeuwen and his wife, Laura O'Neill, and Pete's brother, Ben Van Leeuwen, have been serving their patrons many scoops of their main specialty—artisanal ice cream. Since they use hormone-free milk and cream for their ice cream, plus egg yolks and cane sugar, their delicious all-natural treats would delight even the most discerning dessert lovers.
Tough choice...which of their yummy flavors shoud you pick?
Enjoy a cup or cone of traditional flavors—pistachio, chocolate, strawberry or mint chip. Or try one of their innovative offerings—Earl Grey tea, espresso, palm sugar, ginger and more. And if you're in the mood for a topping or two, go ahead—the cost is minimal.
For some liquid caffeine, try a cup of hot or cold coffee or hot tea drinks from Intelligentsia, a multi-award-winning specialty coffee roaster and retailer that began in Chicago, and currently has locations in Los Angeles, California and New York City.
And for those times when you're nowhere near a Van Leeuwen food truck, don't fret, you can always drop by to pick up a pint or two at their brick-and-mortar storefronts in the East Village in Manhattan, or the Boerum Hill and Greenpoint neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
Thankfully Whole Foods and other retailers throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut carry their decadent pints of goodness to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth. Just look for that cool brand name and logo.
The Van Leeuwen brand is synonymous to fresh and natural goodness.