While they're a little rarer than in the past, there are still plenty of ice cream trucks in operation. What is it about them that brings so much joy to people? Most people love eating ice cream, but there's more to it than that.
Here are some of the reasons why the tradition of ice cream trucks is so beloved:
When an ice cream truck gets to a location, and the driver wants to let everyone in the area know they're there, they will play music. The music is gentle, fun, and melodic, typically playing melodies from old ragtime songs. When people hear the distinct sound of ice cream truck music, they will quickly gather to get themselves a treat.
Because ice cream trucks have been around for so long, when one comes by, it brings about nostalgic feelings in many people. It reminds them of their childhoods when they would rush outside when they heard the truck's music playing, and now, they're carrying on the tradition with their children.
It Brings a Neighborhood Together
In the past, it was much more common for entire neighborhoods to hang out together, with the kids playing while the adults talked. Due to the rise in popularity of social media and handheld devices, it's a much rarer sight nowadays. When an ice cream truck pulls up to a neighborhood playing music, everyone gathers together for a little while, just like they would in the past.
They Bring the Ice Cream to You
Another thing people love about ice cream trucks is how they conveniently bring the ice cream to you. Rather than having to get in your car and drive to a store or ice cream parlor, you can get some right outside of your house.
Lots of Favors
Many ice cream trucks will sell lots of different ice cream flavors. They may also have different types of ice cream, like soft serve, hard serve, and novelty hand-held frozen treats. It's a lot of fun for the kids to see the extensive ice cream menu and choose something they like.
Other Foods and Drinks
Many ice cream trucks will sell other things besides ice cream, like snacks, candy, drinks, or hot food. It's nice to have other options besides ice cream because some people don't like it. If the truck serves other things, everyone can participate in the fun.