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Hot Desserts Truck

The Winter Job of Ice Cream Vendors
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This could be baked but I've never seen it:

Basically the exact same thing as a neighborhood-cruising ice cream truck, but would sell warm or hot confections/beverages in the winter (in appropriate climates of course).

This wouldn't be hot food for lunch or dinner, but just snacks, like perhaps caramel apples, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, warm pastries, cookies or muffins, etc.

They can even use winter and christmas-themed melodies for the tinkly music!

Size_Mick, Dec 16 2003

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       tried looking it up but couldn't find anything. + for the idea though. You could also put a plow in front of it and double as a snow remover.
v0rtexx, Dec 16 2003
  

       Cool! I mean hot! Of course!

There would HAVE to be custard, naturally. And croissants.
English Bob, Dec 16 2003
  

       I think in days of yore hot potato vendors roamed the streets of London, but never warm muffin vendors. Could you come to my office?
kropotkin, Dec 16 2003
  

       what was the *muffin man* then?
po, Dec 16 2003
  

       [po] whoever he was noone had ever seen him
hazel, Dec 16 2003
  

       Mmmmm, Hot marmite pie delivered to my street!
dobtabulous, Dec 16 2003
  

       I approve. Hot chestnuts, too, or am I dreaming?
k_sra, Dec 16 2003
  

       All together now
I'm dreaming of a hot chestnut...
dobtabulous, Dec 16 2003
  

       I like! Sticky toffee pudding at lawsuit inducing temperatures would quickly part me from my integer fiscal unit(s).
egbert, Dec 16 2003
  

       Wonderful, [Size_Mick] ... simply wonderful! Bun for you. [+]
Letsbuildafort, Dec 16 2003
  

       Ill Take
1 Sticky Toffee Pudding
2 Spotted Dick
and 15 Apple and Raspberry Crumbles....
All with Custard, lovely hot tasty custard.....
I assume there is no problem if I pay in Croissants my Good Man??
The_Englishman_Abroad, Dec 17 2003
  

       Wow, my first good idea! It's probably been thought of before; it's one of those incredibly tiny leaps of thought. Not a leap. Maybe a shuffle. I come from northern Ohio but now I live south Florida (southern Florida? But they all call it south Florida here. But what do I know?) It's the middle of December now, and there are ice cream trucks still driving around my neighborhood in the afternoon. This is bizarre to me. A few moments of idle thought later, and I find myself posting here. Note that the obvious bridge between the two concepts is to imagine an ice cream truck driving around in Cleveland in December. He wouldn't make much profit. Ah, but aren't there always kids playing outside in the winter? Yes, and especially when there is good snow for forts and snowball fights. That stuff makes you tired and when you rest, you cool off and become a bit chilly. It'd be pretty sweet if just about that time, the Hot Desserts Truck guy pulled up (need to think of a good name for it, at least as short syllable-wise as "ice cream truck"). The other challenge I see is how to make the items cheap enough for kids to afford, while still maintaining some degree of quality. Anyone who has eaten a few pre-packaged brownies will know what I am talking about here. There's a tasty "gourmet" style and there's a "nuclear holocaust survival brownie" style, which doesn't make the grade. So gourmet style is out of a kid's allowance league, but the other style sucks. Someone would have to find a compromise. This would have to be done for almost everything sold, otherwise this idea would only work in neighborhoods full of snotty, rich kids.
Size_Mick, Dec 19 2003
  

       A fellow-Clevelander! *sniff* No wonder I like the idea. : )
k_sra, Dec 19 2003
  

       Very good!   

       I grew up in Florida and now live in California. Our climates make the Ice Cream Truck a nearly permanent fixture. My wife suggested a while back that they could expand the franchise by returning in the evenings with goods for the adults: High-end chocolates, espresso, in some jurisdictions they could feature booze!   

       Now that you mention it, pastries would be nice too. For dipping. OH, if we can work out the hot-oil fryer over the speed bumps then I'd pay a premium for fresh donuts. I'm going to go outside and wait for them immediately.   

       Key to her was replacing "The Turkey in the Straw" with "Are you Lonesome Tonight?" over the speaker thingy (and upgrading the sound quality.)   

       Bold +
DadManWalking, Dec 20 2003
  

       In Japan they sell roasted chestnuts and toasted mochi- really yummy sticky rice things.
monkeywidget, Dec 22 2003
  

       I've heard of people having a third nipple, but chestnuts?
lostdog, Dec 22 2003
  

       THe perfect thing for residencial neighbourhoods ;) Good idea.
NeoPiter, Jul 13 2004
  

       Mobile hot-food vendors do, of course, exist, but they generally set up somewhere and wait for the clientele to come to them rather than cruising in the manner of ice-cream vendors. The reason is probably that hot food items, even snacks, are not just taken from a box and handed over; the heating process needs to be overseen. A two-person team should take care of that though. Have a hot croissant.
angel, Jul 13 2004
  

       Angel, i guess the products could be more like hot chocolat, hot coffee or something like that. Instead of plain food.Could be really neat in cold winter nights ;)
NeoPiter, Jul 13 2004
  

       I'd sooner buy hot chocolate than ice cream anyway.
Eugene, Jul 13 2004
  

       Hmmm, crepes.   

       Have a warm, chocolate, croissant.
scubadooper, Jul 13 2004
  
      
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