Paris, France – A good old-fashioned ice-cream truck has pulled up onto the posh Place de la Concorde in Paris. The venue, one of the most beautiful in the French capital is where the Hôtel de Crillon is located, and it is the pastry chef of the house, Matthieu Carlin, who is revealing his refreshing, frosty summer creations in a 1960s vintage Citroên type H mini-truck.
It all starts out with an icy wafer cone which is then topped off with one of eight ice-creams: vanilla, chocolate, hazed-nut praline, salty caramel, apricot, lemon, raspberry and an ephemeral flavor that changes each week. And in good old-fashioned ice-cream sundae-like fashion the ice-cream wafers are topped off with gourmet toppings like almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios. Each week you can discover a new flavor ranging from mango to banana, passion fruit or Granny Smith apple. Everything is made in-house inside of the luxury hotel that is the Crillon.
You can stop over every afternoon from Wednesday to Sunday until September 30th from 1pm to 7pm for your homemade ice-cream which you can enjoy right on the place or take for a stroll through the Tuileries or along the Seine. Ice-cream trucks became popular in the United States in the 1920s during the rise of Prohibition. World War Ii and its sugar rations dealt the trucks that kids ran to a blow but they came up and running again in the 1950s. Today Mister Softee trucks are still on the streets of America along with a host of competitors including some gourmet offerings offering ice-cream to young and old alike from New York and now to Paris.
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The Ice-Cream Truck of the Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel
10 place de la Concorde