Gone are the days when Mister Softee was the only mobile dessert offering on Long Island. Now you can find delectable desserts from candy-infused cannoli and ice-cream tacos to frozen banana creations.
Here are four new(ish) trucks and carts to keep on your radar:
NoFo Flour Shoppe
BASED IN Suffolk County
Meghan Saccone spent a combined 12 years in restaurants as a pastry chef before launching her “dainty,” pale pink Citroen replica on the North Fork last summer.
Her desserts run the gamut from signature pink rainbow cookies, ice-cream tacos (pizzelle shells stuffed with housemade ice cream and embellishments) and “dough-chos” (mini doughnut holes with a choice of toppings), to mousse desserts, tarts and breakfast pastries. Hot and iced coffees, plus iced tea, are also available. Menu starts at $3 for French macarons and tops out at $7 for individual desserts.
WHERE TO FIND IT 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays at the Suffolk County Clerk's Office (310 Center Dr., Riverhead); 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday starting May 27 at the East End Food Market in Riverhead; June 30, July 14 and 28, and Aug. 11 starting at 5 p.m. at Riverhead's Alive on 25 street festival.
MORE INFO 631-983-9800
Cup of Joe
BASED IN Suffolk County
Joseph Silva has more than 10 years of experience handling coffee, in part due to his role at Patchogue’s Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company, where he was the barista for a handful of years. After two years of popping up around Long Island farmers markets and private events the old-school way — via a table — he launched his trailer.
“Coffee is what I’m comfortable with,” he says, adding that he specializes in medium-to-dark roasts. He sources his beans from family-owned farms across the world, including Brazil, Colombia, Sumatra and Bali; once they’re in his possession, he uses an at-home, 2-pound drum roaster to carry out the coffee-making process.
It's then used for a full menu of drinks, such as Americanos, lattes (like pistachio), espressos and cortados, and flat whites. Pumps of banana mocha, French vanilla and spiced cinnamon apple can be added to any drink. When available from local bakers, Silva offers scones, pound cake and croissants. Prices range from $3 for Americanos and espresso to $6 for specialty lattes.
WHERE TO FIND IT 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through May at the Fantastic Gardens Market in Patchogue.
MORE INFO cupofjoecoffeecompany.com
BASED IN Nassau County
What started in Hoboken, New Jersey, nearly 10 years ago found its way to Long Island as a COVID business after Mike Wachs lost his job in the live entertainment industry.
The jungle-themed truck turns out frozen bananas served in the consistency of soft-serve ice cream in flavors like banana cream pie (with graham crackers, Nutella and whipped cream) and peanut butter banana. There are also smoothies and "blurries," or bananas blended with toppings, which are meant to be eaten with a spoon ($11).
“Parents love it for the kids because the kids think it's ice cream," Wachs says about the sweet-treat alternative."
Those who don't like bananas, can try mango- and pineapple-based creations. All bases are dairy- and gluten-free.
WHERE TO FIND IT Weekend late afternoons/evenings starting May 12 at 3265 Long Beach Rd., Long Beach (by Cortland Ave.).
MORE INFO amandabananasny.com
Dolce Bella Cannoleria
BASED IN Nassau County
Dolce Bella, a dessert cart that started with luxury Italian ices in 2020, last spring added cannoli to its repertoire. Brandyn Williams, with business partner Timothy “Big Red” Downey, offers a variety of offbeat cannoli creams — like rainbow cookie, Oreo, pistachio and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups — that are served in traditional and chocolate-covered shells via a cream- and gold-accented cart. The duo also launched a line of cereal-infused creams using Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Froot Loops.
WHERE TO FIND IT The cannoleria-on-wheels will be at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton Aug. 27 to Sept. 3, where you can grab a cannoli (or an ice) for $5.
MORE INFO 516-988-8302, dolcebellany.com
New private-party dessert trucks
Buddha Berry: This Sag Harbor mainstay is hitting the road Memorial Day weekend, servicing private parties in the Hamptons with frozen yogurt and more than 20 toppings. Customers can try flavors like strawberry, vanilla and natural tart. Toppings come in the form of candy, superfoods and fruit. Party rates start at $400, plus $20 a person for unlimited froyo and toppings. More info: buddhaberry.com
Sundae Donuts: With locations in Montauk and Huntington, this doughnut spot has the capability to come to you. Get over-the-top doughnuts, ice cream and coffee served from a colorful truck reminiscent of its storefronts. Pricing starts at $1,000 for doughnuts and ice cream for up to 50 people. More info: sundaedonuts.com
Red Velvet Cupcakery: After a four-year build, Deb Underwood debuted her cream-colored truck last May, supplying partygoers with guilty pleasures like red velvet cupcakes topped with buttercream frosting, brownies, ice-cream sandwiches and cookies. Party rates start at $100 base fee plus $3 a person (minimum of 25 people). More info: redvelvet-cupcakery.com;