August & September BSFIC: Chasing The Ice Cream Van

Many of us have an almost Pavlovian response to the music of the ice cream van; a collective memory leading to a shared reaction…

First we catch the distinctive trill far in the distance. Suddenly alert, our ears strain to work out the direction of travel. Each time the music stops, we enviously envisage kids – other kids in some other street – jostling at the van’s window. Eventually, the music’s increasing volume announces the van’s approach; our turn has come. It’s time to beg money from parents and race out into the street to wait the last few moments… expectantly, eagerly, impatiently. Finally, the ice cream van trundles into sight, greeted by excited whoops and shouted exclamations about which ice creams we want. When our turn at the window comes, we must urgently narrow down our potential choices and settle on just one. Flake 99, Screwball, Orange Split, Funny Feet, Cornetto, Twister, Rocket, Mini Milk, Fab, Calippo, Lemonade Lolly or, in later years, Solero, Feast, Magnum… Order placed, money handed over, we grasp our frozen treasure and walk carefully away, mindful of the time we dropped our bounty and watched it melt forlornly on the pavement. In minutes, we wolf it down and, satiated, return to our play.

IceCreamVan Creative Commons attribute Kenjonbro
Image by Kenjonbro, used under Creative Commons license (attribution, non commercial)

So here’s the challenge – take inspiration from your favourite ice cream van treats for your BSFIC entry this month. Whether you choose to recreate the original faithfully or simply use ice cream van staples  as a starting point for your own creative twists is completely up to you.

Of course, I’ve listed British favourites in my nostalgic prose above, but I want you to draw on your own experiences and memories. Tell me what ice cream vans (or trucks or bikes or carts) were like where you grew up. What did you love to order? How do your memories play into what you have chosen to make?

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How To Take Part In BSFIC

  • Create and blog a recipe that fits the challenge by the 28th of September.
  • In your post, mention and link to this Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream post.
  • In your post, include the Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream badge.
  • Email me (by the 28th of September) with your first name or nickname (as you prefer), the link to your post and an image for my roundup, sized to no larger than 500 pixels on the longest side.

You are welcome to submit your post to as many blogger challenge events as you like.

If the recipe is not your own, please be aware of copyright issues. Email me if you would like to discuss this.

If you like, tweet about your post using the hashtag #BSFIC. I’ll retweet any I see. You are also welcome to share the links to your posts on the Kavey Eats Facebook page.

I’ll post a round up of all the entries at the end of the month.


For more ideas, check out my my BSFIC Pinterest board and my Pinterest BSFIC Entries board.

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9 Comments to "August & September BSFIC: Chasing The Ice Cream Van"

  1. Ozzy

    It’s interesting how I recognise most of those icy treats but both the brand and many individual names were different in Germany. The brand is “Langnese” but the red and white striped logo is the same.
    For example, “Shuttle” was called “Ed von Schleck” in Germany but looked exactly the same. Cornetto was/is Cornetto, though.

  2. kaveyeats

    Just the kind of thing that would be a good fit! Shame you already did this one in April! 😉


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