Summertime brings to mind the frozen delights of our youth, treats hard earned by sprinting after the ice cream truck. These days, ice cream is easier to come by, thanks to the fine fleet of festive trucks cruising local streets—and the websites that help us track them down.
1. You can get creative with Street Treats’ scratch-made ice cream and cookies by choosing your own ice cream sandwich combos (think snickerdoodle cookies with vanilla bean ice cream or chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter ice cream). Find the truck at the Fremont Market on Sundays (11 a.m.– 4 p.m.) or check the website for its whereabouts. streettreatswa.com
2. Molly Moon’s seasonal flavors run the gamut from vegan cherry chunk to Beecher’s Flagship cheddar—and the year-round offerings, including Stumptown coffee and salted caramel, are equally enticing. Follow the ever-roving, bright blue truck’s location on Facebook or Twitter. mollymoonicecream.com
3. From the scratch-made organic ice cream to the hand-rolled cones, the treat making is kept in-house at Parfait. Festoon your scoop with handmade sauces (Chocolat Noir, Caramel a la Vanille) at various locations (see website for schedule), including the Queen Anne and Mercer Island farmers’ markets. parfait-icecream.com
4. Local flavors abound in Bluebird Microcreamery’s scoops, such as the Elysian stout, made with the Elysian Brewing Company’s Dragon’s Tooth stout, and Theo chocolate chunk. Track the adorable restored 1957 milk truck via Facebook or Twitter to get your hands on one of Bluebird’s perfect peanut butter scoops. bluebirdseattle.com