Scream for Ice Cream
…And you just might get it, with a cherry on top
City folk nostalgic for the days when the jingle of the neighborhood ice cream truck signaled sweet frozen goodness at the foot of the driveway: Rejoice! There’s a new kind of ice cream man in town—one who delivers sundaes to your door on demand.
Austin Crittenden got the idea for The Scoop N Scootery in the summer of 2012 before his senior year at Tufts. “I was wondering why I couldn’t get ice cream delivered,” says Crittenden, who collapsed on his couch after his internship one sweltering day. So along with a couple of buddies, he started delivering ice cream to fellow munchies-stricken students via scooters, their only mode of transportation at the time. “Back in the day, we were just using coolers lined with ice packs,” he says. “It was pretty janky.”
These days, operations aren’t so janky. Crittenden has an official Scoop N Scootery truck, a fleet of drivers equipped with medical-grade freezers originally designed to transport transplant organs and a new Arlington storefront that opened in March.
But he’s still delivering those handmade sundaes—about 350 a day—until 2 am (though he says hours could change after the students clear out this summer). When asked to speculate about who might be craving a hot fudge sundae at 2 in the morning, he laughs. “I’d assume they’re mostly stoned, because there’s nothing better than that.”
The Scoop N Scootery offers more than 40 signature ice cream and froyo sundaes—like the Banana Hammock, featuring turtle ice cream with chocolate syrup, fresh banana, chopped Reese’s and homemade whipped cream—as well as custom options. Crittenden says there’s no sundae too weird for his team, though they certainly get some odd requests (like all the toppings on the side). However, he does draw one hard line: “Cones. We will never deliver cones.”
The Scoop N Scootery, 112 Mass. Ave., Arlington (617-394-8634) thescoopnscootery.com