Volt and Smith Commons alum Carlos Delgado is launching a fleet of custom bikes called Cream Cycle that will sell gourmet ice cream sandwiches around D.C.
Delgado, currently executive sous chef at West End Latin “speakeasy” Boveda, says the bikes are a cheaper alternative to a food truck, and they’ll allow him to sell from multiple locations rather than one. He says he was inspired by ice cream bikes he remembers from growing up in Peru.
Among the flavors to expect from Cream Cycle: a cereal milk ice cream with bananas and a granola cookie, olive oil ice cream with bacon bits and a bacon cookie, and curry ice cream with fresh blackberries raspberries and a raspberry cookie. Delgado expects to start with ten varieties, but he has more 50 flavors that will rotate in and out.
So far, Delgado has three bikes ready to go, but he hopes to eventually expand to 10. He’s teamed up with local pedicab operator Nick Smith to customize old Good Humor bikes with iPod docks and stereo systems. Toki Underground partner Jeff Jetton, his brother Ryan Jetton, and Alexis Thornlow, who’s done branding for Toki Underground and Drafting Table, are also backing the venture.
Delgado is still working on obtaining permits, but he hopes to have his fleet ready by this spring. In the meantime, Smucker Farms market at 2118 14th St. NW may soon carry the ice cream sandwiches. Delgado is also looking at doing a ice cream sandwich pop-up at LivingSocial’s event space to give Washingtonians a preview.
Photo courtesy Cream Cycle