Kansas City is about to see a lot more of Poppy’s Ice Cream & Coffee House (307 SE Douglas Street, Lee’s Summit). The seven-year-old scoop shop out of Lee’s Summit has a new ice cream truck that just got rolling in Kansas City.
“It’s a scooping truck. There’s nothing prepackaged. We make it all ourselves,” says Teresa Poppinga, the owner of Poppy’s. “This is almost like a second location for us. It’s a chance to let people know all about us.”
The Recommended Daily caught up with Poppinga at her brick-and-mortar shop as she prepared to work on a new flavor — a blend of a milk stout from McCoy’s Public House and toddy coffee from the Broadway Cafe & Roasting Company — that will debut this weekend in Lee’s Summit.
“You’ll get that rich milkyness from the stout and it will just be really smooth like a coffee beer ice cream,” Poppinga says.
The yellow truck, which was previously a Sara Lee bread truck, has been re-outfitted with a freezer, microwave, sinks and a fridge. It serves scoops of ice cream (recently it was fleur de sel caramel, cabernet bittersweet and chocolate coma — chocolate with Oreos, chocolate chips and brownies) and sorbets (available in cups and cones), root beer floats, and ice cream sandwiches (currently only available on the truck).
The cookies for the sandwiches are made by Kansas City’s Scratch Bakery (they’re also supplying the brownies for brownie sundaes at the shop with no wheels). Last weekend’s lineup at the Truck Stop in the Crossroads and in the West Bottoms paired chocolate chip cookies and salted caramel white chocolate cookies with Poppy’s Madagascar vanilla bean ice cream. And Poppinga is working on a chocolate cookie paired with red velvet ice cream as a future offering.
The best way to currently find the truck is via Twitter: @poppysicecream2. While Poppinga has no plans to start blasting calliope music while driving, she’s thinking about adding on a bell to announce the truck’s arrival. She’s also working with Broadway on serving an iced toddy coffee out of the truck, which could then be turned into a float with their popular Gianduja (a hazelnut and chocolate ice cream).
And as for where Agnes got her name?
“The truck is named for my mom,” Poppinga says. “She’s a very strong woman and we wanted a very strong name.”[Image via Facebook: Poppy’s Ice Cream]