The familiar jingle of the ice cream man is one we associate with warm summer days, childhood, and a perfectly swirled ice cream cone. But did you know that the Mister Softee song, played thousands of times per day, has lyrics? We've rounded up 10 things that you most likely didn't know about everybody's favorite ice cream man, Mister Softee.
Mister Softee, which is most popular in the Northeast but operates about 600 trucks across 16 states, was founded in 1956 by two Philadelphia brothers, William and James Conway. As the very first ice cream truck operators, they outgrew their original building within two years and in 1958 moved to Runnemede, N.J., where they're still headquartered.
Along with soft-serve ice cream cones, shakes, and sundaes, Mister Softee ice cream trucks also sell a wide variety of ice cream bars and pops. There's something that brings out the inner child in each of us when we hear that familiar jingle or get handed our cone through the open window; there's something inherently awesome about being served delicious food out of a truck, and the ice cream man was certainly a forerunner to all modern-day food trucks.
Like most chains, Mister Softee is a franchise operation; most franchisees own multiple trucks and hire college students and other seasonal employees to be drivers, and each truck has its own set turf, which they call a "marketing area." Information about both becoming a franchise owner and being hired to be a driver is available on their website.
So read on to learn about Mister Softee lore like the lyrics to that magical (and occasionally annoying) jingle, what the surprising only other country where they exist is, and what it takes to make it as a driver.
-Dan Myers, The Daily Meal
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