If you live on Edmonton’s south side there is a good chance you have noticed 80 Flavours Ice Cream. It’s the giant
Ice Cream Truck Ice Cream Semi, parked on the side of Gateway Boulevard right before the Whitemud. It’s brightly coloured, and somewhat out of place among “motel alley,” so you really can’t miss it.
About a month ago I decided I had to visit this peculiar looking Ice Cream Trailer to see what it was all about. Not only do I love ice cream, but I consider it my responsibility, as a Food Blogger, to get out there and do some investigatory journalism.
We headed there at about 8:00 pm on a Monday night, and although we did see other people indulging in ice cream, I wouldn’t say it was busy. I can’t imagine that this particular location lends itself that well to people stopping for ice cream. There certainly is a lot of traffic on Gateway Boulevard, but I think it’s mostly commuter traffic, not necessarily the type of people who are going to stop for a quick, icey treat.
We decided on Kahula Chocolate Fudge and Tiger Ice Cream. While the ice cream was good, I can’t say it was great or necessarily worth a trip to the Ice Cream Semi. I think I’d rather grab some frozen yoghurt to enjoy while wandering Whyte Ave, or maybe get a pint of Ben and Jerry’s to enjoy on my balcony, rather than sit on the side of Gateway Boulevard and watch the cars go by.
I think if 80 Flavours Ice Cream was set up somewhere closer to Whyte Ave, or Downtown, somewhere where there is more foot traffic, perhaps it would draw more of a crowd. So while I am certainly very glad that I visited the Ice Cream Semi, I think I would much rather curl up on my couch and indulge in some Ben and Jerry’s. Although that does still leave open the Coffee Toffee Crunch or Half Baked debate…