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Get the Inside Scoop on Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

A Brooklyn favorite makes its Best Coast debut

van leeuwen ice cream truck!

Two guys, a girl, and an ice cream truck.

The story behind Brooklyn’s beloved Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream could easily pass for a Hollywood sitcom.

Now expanding westward, the trio is rolling out The Rattlesnake (one of the trucks in the fleet that started it all) and unveiling banana nut, dark chocolate, and peanut butter chocolate chunk vegan scoops.

van leeuwen ice cream truck!

Small-batch fan favorites include mint chip, sun-ripened strawberry, and Earl Grey tea, though dairy queens should go all out with exclusive-to-SoCal sundaes: the New Yorker (espresso ice cream, homemade hot fudge), Bali (vanilla and ginger ice cream, peanuts, chili, and Ceylon cinnamon), and morello cherry-topped Supreme. The Persian — Bronte nut-packed Sicilian pistachio covered in pine whipped cream and rosewater-cardamom syrup — rounds out the rotating lineup for summer.

Come September, the first stand-alone parlor will hang out a shingle in the Arts District; the second location is under wraps.

We have a feeling they’ll fit right in.

Follow @vlaic on Twitter for daily truck locations. Scoops start at $5.50. For more information, go to vanleeuwenicecream.com.

Photos: Kimberly Genevieve for DailyCandy