Big Gay business secrets
March 11th, 2014
01:30 PM ET
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Doug Quint should have been working on his dissertation in June 2009 when he decided he wanted a "fun summer job."

"I thought about being a butcher or an exterminator - just something crazy," he said. Then he saw a posting for an available ice cream truck, and New York's Big Gay Ice Cream Truck was born. He and his partner, Bryan Petroff, spent the summer turning out a more colorful version of Mister Softee - with far better ingredients. One summer turned into another and five years later, the pair - who left their other jobs two years into the venture - have launched a Big Gay empire (two storefronts in New York and one opening in LA this spring).

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The couple, both in their 40s, used a castoff Mister Softee truck and focused on unexpected sweet-savory combinations. They experimented with olive oil, salt, vinegar - ingredients rarely found in desserts for the masses.

"At first, we were just buying things that were commercially available," Quint said. "We weren't making very many things, we were just introducing combinations. Now, we cook 95% of our own products."
They also have their own vanilla and chocolate ice cream produced at a dairy in upstate New York - a far cry from the early days, when the flavors were dictated by how well the soft-serve machine worked.

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  1. macksmith345

    Such an Inspiring story and you are really lucky and such a hard working man truly he is when I am reading his story then I also feed good and happy for him.

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    April 1, 2014 at 5:47 am |
  2. Arthur in the Garden!


    March 11, 2014 at 2:53 pm |
  3. JellyBean

    Awesome, love it!

    March 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm |
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