Big Gay Ice Cream brings its sweet treats to ATL

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If you’re craving a mouthful of a “Salty Pimp” or always want to lick a “Bea Arthur,” your dream comes true when NYC’s Big Gay Ice Cream truck makes an Atlanta stop on Monday and Tuesday.

Founded as a food truck in 2009 by life and business partners Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff, Big Gay Ice Cream quickly drew praise for its wild flavors and out-and-proud branding. They still tool around in trucks, but the business has since expanded into two New York brick-and-mortars, and is coming soon to Philly and L.A.

The Deep South has been left out, until now. Big Gay Ice Cream is turning a trip to the annual Southern Foodways Symposium in Oxford, Miss., into an excuse for an ice-cream truck tour of Southern cities.

“Tighten your Bible belts. It’s going to be a wild ride!” promises Quint on the company blog, which also compares the tour to Sherman’s March and the Sex Pistols’ infamous Dixie gigs in 1978.

Using a rented SUV and borrowed restaurant kitchens, Big Gay Ice Cream will make its Atlanta appearance at Bantam + Biddy, chef Shaun Doty's creation in Ansley Mall that's just steps from that smokeless gay bar (Starbucks). Big Gay Ice Cream is scheduled for Monday from 4 to 10 p.m. and again on Tuesday from noon to 10 p.m. Other cities on the tour include Raleigh, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; and Birmingham, Ala. (The boys are already on the tour and unavailable for comment.)

Like the classic ice cream trucks of yore, Big Gay Ice Cream has only soft-serve ice cream in vanilla, chocolate or twist. But it pimps those out with unique flavoring add-ons. The Salty Pimp, for example, is injected with dulce de leche and dashed with sea salt. The Bea Arthur is coated in vanilla wafer crumbs. And the Godzilla comes covered in “wasabi pea dust.” Big Gay Ice Cream will purvey a variety of sundaes and floats as well.

And the company gives back, donating to the Ali Forney Center. The New York City-based organization cares for homeless LGBT youth.

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