Hello! Ice Cream & Gelato: Frozen Treats with a Twist

. July 30, 2013.
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If during summer you often catch yourself longing for the days of carefree tag-playing, sprinkler-jumping and ice-cream-truck-chasing, this truck is for you.

Hello! Ice Cream & Gelato is the result of Ann Arbor entrepreneur Margaret Schankler’s hard work and desire to add a retro-inspired twist to the traditional ice cream truck. “I love vintage things, and I got enamored with idea of having a vintage ice cream truck,” she says. After locating a 1965 International Metro Van, Schankler had it restored by Full Auto Custom Shop in Ann Arbor, beginning the nostalgia-soaked venture.

Ingrid, Schankler’s name for the truck, is a vintage cream and green beauty. But, the Italian-style frozen desserts Ingrid serves are show-stoppers as well.

Gelato, ice cream and other delights are prepared by Schankler in a commercial kitchen in Ann Arbor, where se also sources local milk, cream and fruit. “We make a Rum Fig Sauce for Vanilla, and we have classics like pistachio, Gianduia (chocolate and hazelnut), Tiramisu and Zabaglione,” she says. Favorites include Salted Caramel, Vanilla Custard, Strawberry and 3-inch mini ice cream cones.

“Ice cream, to me, is about happiness,” Schankler says. “When you’re working at a job where you give someone something that makes them smile, that’s what it’s all about. That’s why I’m doing this at this stage of my life.”

Hello! Ice Cream & Gelato caters weddings, parties, and special events. Catering details feature customizable menus, themed decorations for the truck, and fun costumes for the staff. Truck too big? Ask for the retro-inspired ice cream cart instead. Custom orders are available for pickup or delivery. Visit them at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Kerrytown NashBash, www.helloicecream.com, or 734-945-0901. ––KG