August 29, 2012 | LXXII, No. 22

Ice cream truck turned out a Delight

Ever hanker for a good ice cream cone?

Nate Piturachsatit serves ice cream treats out of the Delight truck.

That’s the story behind the Delight ice cream truck you see parked near Sunflower Graphics on Grand Coulee’s Midway Avenue.

Nate and Raehanne Piturachsatit had the desire for some good hard ice cream about a year ago, and when nothing here matched their taste, they started their own business.

Now they can have their ice cream of choice anytime they want to.

First they purchased a step van; then Nate wired and plumbed it and got it ready for the tourist season this year. For them the season started in July.

Has it been a success? “Yes,” Nate says. “Most of our customers are local.”

He said their goal had been to start the summer business that could employ some local youth, and hopefully make enough money to pay for the truck and make it worthwhile. The risk was worth it, he said Saturday night while serving customers at a concert.

There’s a little bit of everything for that wandering taste.

Take the ice cream — and what an ice cream. It comes from Brain Freeze Creamery in Spokane. It’s one of those things that’s “not found in any stores.” It’s the same ice cream served at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane.

The Delight truck features from 8-10 different flavors at any one time. Tuesday, the ice cream flavor of choice for kids, and those pretending to be, was licorice. That’s right, licorice, and don’t spill any on that white shirt of yours.

Other posted flavors that day were: Anvil Coffee, Maple Nut, Salted Caramel, Huckleberry, Lemon Bean, Death by Chocolate, Mango Sorbet, VCP, Muddy Cups and Vanilla Bean.

Nothing normal about those flavors.

You’ll see it on the door -- Grand Coulee’s Original (crossed out) only mobile scoopery.

If you attended either concert last week at North Dam Park, you would have seen the Delight ice cream truck set up and someone there ready to scoop.

Probably some of the more popular features of the ice cream business are the coffee ice cream creations and drinks. They will keep you up nights -- wanting more.

Then there are the “smoothies, dips and Smash (didn’t get to try one of these) and — hold on to your hat — lavender lemonade.

There are milk shakes of most flavors, going for about $6.

The truck will be scooping out the ice cream at least through the Saturday night concert at North Dam Park.

Nate teaches sixth grade at the Grand Coulee Dam Middle School.

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