Philadelphia, PA Edition: Big Gay Ice Cream

By Candace Nelson - 10:00 AM

Big Gay Ice Cream
So, is it really a good day if it doesn't include ice cream? I think not. To squelch any potential for a bad day, we went to Big Gay Ice Cream.

Big Gay Ice CreamBig Gay Ice Cream has two locations in New York and one in Philadelphia:
Throughout their years living in New York City, Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff had always focused on their respective careers — until they got themselves a Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Their seasonal truck debuted in June 2009, and since then, the business has seen a whirlwind of publicity and has become a New York favorite. With a playful attitude, Big Gay Ice Cream spins a new take on old-school soft-serve by creating fun and unique ice creams, toppings, and frozen treats that appeal to a diverse mix of clientele. 
In June 2012, Dessert Professional featured Big Gay Ice Cream in their 10 best ice cream parlors in the U.S. issue. Then in May 2013, The Daily Beast and USA Today ranked Big Gay Ice Cream as the #5 best ice cream parlor in the world - the highest ranked U.S. ice cream parlor on the list. 
In May 2015, they opened a new store in Philadelphia, their first outside of NYC.
Big Gay Ice CreamThe shop has a colorful storefront, a very clean and slick interior and crazy ice cream names, like "The Salty Pimp." The Salty Pimp is their most popular cone, so I went with it. It was also on "Best Thing I Ever Ate."

Big Gay Ice CreamVanilla ice cream gets lined and injected with house made dulce-de-leche, sprinkled with a bit of sea salt then dipped in chocolate. It even comes with a little cone holder (much needed). I appreciate the vanilla and loved how the caramel was sprinkled through in spots throughout. The only downside for me was the chocolate coating. It really adds a whole different texture (and don't love it sticking to the roof of my mouth). Not my favorite ice cream addition, but I can see why the little bit of crunch is nice. The salt and caramel combination, though, yes. Yes, all day long.

Grade: B
Big Gay Ice Cream Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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