If you’re a Penn Stater in Pittsburgh craving Creamery ice cream but don’t feel like making the (horrible) three-hour drive to State College, you may be in luck. In a cool bit of news, Pittsburgh Penn Staters (specifically those from the South Hills) can now get their Creamery fix from an ice cream truck.
The idea originated from ’99 Penn State grad Mike Baughman and his wife Kristen while the two were on a date.
“Since we have two small children, Kristen and I don’t get out much,” said Baughman. “It was back in April that we were out on our first date in six months or so and we were talking about opening a business. I had just come back from the Blue-White game with some Creamery ice cream. Kristen brought up the idea of starting a food truck selling ice cream, and it was my idea to sell Creamery ice cream.”
Both Mike and Kristen mulled the idea over for roughly a week until they saw a truck for sale down the road from their house and decided to take the plunge. With some help from sons Joe, 4, and Henry, 2, the family fixed up the truck and got it ready to hit the road. And with that, the Rolling Cones ice cream truck was born.
The truck currently sells ice cream at festivals, corporate events, and private parties, and features flavors like Peachy Paterno, Russ “Digs” Roseberry, and Keeney Beany Chocolate.
“We love the ice cream. We wanted to share something we are passionate about with other people,” said Baughman. “It’s great to see people’s reactions when they find out what we are selling. Also, it’s great to be able to have a business that our whole family can be involved in. Joe and Henry love selling ice cream and talking to the customers.”
And how is the family able to keep all these popular Creamery flavors in stock?
“We make the drive [to the Creamery], just like everyone else,” added Baughman.