Big Gay Ice Cream Truck’s Doug Quint Has Figured Out Junkies’ Favorite Flavors
First off, Doug Quint wants you to know that the word “Gay,” as in the name of his company Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, means “happy.” “It was supposed to be really, really happy,” he recently told Serious Eats in an interview that covers everything from the truck’s humble beginnings, to their storefront in the East Village and a nationwide presence.
But second, Quint’s experience with driving an ice cream truck through the weird streets of New York City has left him with some interesting talents, like, for instance, learning what junkies like to order when they’re high on certain drugs:
Long-term heroin use makes you hypoglycemic, actually, so they all want really sweet stuff like butterscotch or cherry dip. If someone is walking a dog and shaking, they’re on a meth bender, and the only reason they’ll come out is to walk the dog, and I just suggest a vanilla cone. On 4/20 I tweeted, “Stoner special: half off if your eyes are bloodshot!” It was a joke, you know! People got so pissed off at me. They wrote, “you’re giving preferential treatment to drug users” and I was like, “oh, calm down it was a joke”. It’s fun.
Thankfully, Quint has yet to cave into trendy peer pressure and name one of his ice cream flavors after crack, because crack kills. Also, just as an obvious disclaimer, drugs are bad.