Some of the Good Humor ice cream trucks that roll through neighborhoods and along beaches in the summer, dispensing their cool treats, are out of several popular bar varieties. The nationwide shortage could continue throughout the summer, according to a Huffington Post report.
Toasted Almond Crunch, Chocolate Eclair and Candy Center Crunch are on back order for the trucks but won't be available until at least the end of July and possibly not even then.The shortage is the result of an unusually warm spring and early summer in other parts of the country, coupled with a shutdown of a plant in Pennsylvania that produces the ice cream bars. The plant's operations are being consolidated with another facility.
But that's not a problem for Madison. Papa Joe--Madison's beloved Good Humor ice cream man, who makes the rounds weekly at the town's farmer's market, area beaches, and other spots, by chance and on demand--has us covered.
He says he has plenty of Toasted Almond and Candy Center Crunch.
"Well, fortunately, I got a heads up before this happened and I got loaded up with Toasted Almond. I got enough Toasted Almond for the year," he said. "I'm the only guy in Connecticut who has Toasted Almond, believe it or not."
Toasted Almond is a favorite with his Madison customers, as is Candy Center Crunch. He has plenty of those too. Strawberry Shortcake? No problem. Still, the shortages are affecting some of his supplies. "There's some other items they don't have. It's a pain," he said.
"Still, compared to other vendors, I'm in good shape," he said. "We got enough to hold us for now and we'll restock next year."
Do you love Toasted Almond, Candy Center Crunch and Papa Joe as much as we do? Send him some love on Facebook, where you can like his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PapaJoesGoodHumor.
And next time you see him, when you're ordering that Toasted Almond, thank him for stocking up!