Things to Eat in NYC: Top Five Dessert Trucks in New York City August 21 2017

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One of the best things about traveling to New York City is being able to experience the wonderful food. Restaurants and cafes are great, but there is something joyful about enjoying common street food from a food truck or cart.  It is even better when you visit a food truck specializing in desserts and sweet treats that are sure to put a smile on your face. When looking for something fun to do in New York, be sure to indulge your sweet tooth at one of these five fantastic food trucks.


Van Leeuwen Artisanal Ice Cream

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If you are craving ice cream, you don’t need to walk more than a block or two to find a Mister Softee, but if you are in New York, then you should treat yourself to some of the best ice cream the world has ever known courtesy of Van Leeuwen. While they have four actual stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the yellow trucks serve their hand crafted classic and vegan ice creams are easy to find by checking them out on Twitter



This ice cream is special because it is handcrafted with only the best ingredients.  The Van Leeuwen team sources their ingredients from local and international farmers and all of their ice creams are handcrafted in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The classic ice creams come in traditional and new flavors, such as:  Honeycomb, Salted Caramel, Sicilian Pistachio, Strawberry, Coffee, Mint Chip, Candied Ginger and more. And, there are always special flavors that vary depending on the season.  Vegans are not left out either. Your hunt for the tastiest vegan ice cream truck in nyc ends here: Van Leeuwen makes their vegan desserts with homemade cashew milk, organic coconut milk, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic cane sugar, pure cocoa butter, and organic carob bean. So, whatever your ice cream pleasure, Van Leeuwen has what you need to have a perfect frozen treat experience while exploring New York City.

Wafles and Dinges  


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Since 2007, New Yorkers and tourists have been able to enjoy the wonderful Belgian or Liege waffles at Wafels & Dinges in stores and trucks around the city.  These perfectly made delicacies are crisp on the outside, and so tender on the inside.  And, this is just the waffle.  The extra joy comes in the form of the toppings.  The range of toppings include decadent sauces like dulce de leche or hot fudge, fresh strawberries, Spekuloos, Nutella, bananas, ice cream and more.  You can design your own or try one of the delicious options on the menu like the “de WMD” a.k.a. “The Wafel of Massive Deliciousness,” which is made with strawberries, bananas, whipped cream and Belgian chocolate fudge. It is just so good.  They also have pastries, ice creams and coffee drinks that perfectly accompany these delicious waffles.

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Sweetery NYC 

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Sweetery is a unique mobile bake shot that sells a wide variety of cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream sandwiches, chocolate dipped marshmallows on a stick and other confections.  They are known for a few signature items such as their Macarella (two coconut macaroon cookies sandwiched around Nutella spread), black and white cookies and whoopie pies.  They have a seasonal menu which is updated regularly.  Sweetery prides itself on using the best ingredients from environmentally friendly sources. You can try their special Pecan Sand Tart or Candied Ginger Shortbread Cookies individually, or you can get a bag of ten to share.  They are so good that you may not want to share them. Follow them on Twitter to find out where they are and make a special trip to taste some truly special treats.

Carpe Donut NYC  

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Carpe Donut makes the best small batch donuts in the city. The team at Carpe Donut uses terrific local ingredients and they are so incredibly fresh and delicious. The menu changes from time to time, but they are most known for their Apple Cider Donuts and their FroDo—an ice cream sandwich, made with a donut and hand packed with organic vanilla Blue Marble ice cream. The also offer organic coffee, cioccollata (Italian style hot chocolate), fresh mulled hot cider and a refreshing Hibiscus Lemonade. Find out where they are today by following them on Twitter and taste the world’s best donut for yourself.


The Good Batch 

While sweet treats from The Good Batch are available year-round at their physical bakery in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, at 936 Fulton Street, tourists, travelers and New Yorkers can enjoy these incredible handcrafted cookies, cakes, brownies and frozen desserts at Smorgasburg, Celebrate Brooklyn!, and Central Park’s SummerStage from April through October. Some of their most popular cookie flavors include: Oat Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Double Fudge Cookies, Brown Butter Salty Cookies, Ginger Molasses Cookies and Sweet & Spicy Nuts. Yum! 

The Good Batch also has some seasonal offerings that are worth experiencing at least once like the ice cream Pretzel Bar that has layers of peanut butter pretzel nougat, vanilla ice cream and chocolate fudge. Then, the bar is dipped in chocolate and is sprinkled with pretzels, peanut brittle and sea salt. Or you may want to try “The Crispy,” a crispy rice cereal marshmallow cookie with caramel and vanilla ice cream.  Now this is the stuff dreams are made of!