Carol’s in Rindge has become a summer food destination

  • Carol Cersosimo, owner of Carol’s Ice Cream in Rindge, does things a little differently with her ice cream shop in a truck that only offers soft serve. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin

  • Carol's Ice Cream in Rindge does things a little differently. It's housed in a food truck but doesn't move and then only offer soft serve ice cream, but have 33 flavors. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • A black raspberry soft serve at Carol’s Ice Cream in Rindge. The ice cream shop in a food truck has 33 flavors, all of them being soft serve. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin

  • Carol's Ice Cream in Rindge does things a little differently. It's housed in a food truck but doesn't move and then only offer soft serve ice cream, but have 33 flavors. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • Carol's Ice Cream in Rindge does things a little differently. It's housed in a food truck but doesn't move and then only offer soft serve ice cream, but have 33 flavors. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • Carol's Ice Cream in Rindge does things a little differently. It's housed in a food truck but doesn't move and then only offer soft serve ice cream, but have 33 flavors. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • Carol's Ice Cream in Rindge does things a little differently. It's housed in a food truck but doesn't move and then only offer soft serve ice cream, but have 33 flavors. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 7/23/2019 7:19:51 AM

Most people associate ice cream trucks with slow driving and catchy jingles.

But Carol Cersosimo and Ben Asaff had another idea for their version of the summer pastime. Instead of traveling from neighborhood to neighborhood in their hometown of Rindge, the engaged couple decided to make their truck stationary and have the people come to them.

“We want people to count on us being here and being a place for the community,” Cersosimo said.

So three years ago, they opened Carol’s Ice Cream on a piece of property they purchased on Route 119 in Rindge. But instead of large tubs of the frozen treat filling up valuable space in the truck – and requiring access to a running water – Cersosimo decided to go the way of soft serve.

“In a truck, you don’t have a lot of space to deal with,” Cersosimo said.

They bought two soft serve machines, the same ones they have at Fenway Park, that allows for them to meet the growing demand for ice cream as the summer temperatures continue to rise and have people in search of a cool treat. But in order to make the soft serve-only business work, they had to offer more than just the traditional vanilla, chocolate and twist.

In all, Carol’s offers 33 flavors of soft serve, using top of the line flavoring to create just about whatever the customer wants. Cersosimo said that Blue Moon is the most popular for the kids, which tastes like fruity pebbles and is the color of a Smurf.

“I like them to have a fun presentation,” Cersosimo said.

For the adults, it’s black raspberry and coffee, but Cersosimo enjoys white chocolate macadamia the best. She’s even thought about doing a challenge if people want to try every flavor on the list.

How it’s made is that the vanilla ice cream is taken from the machine, it gets a shot of flavoring and then mixed using the Astro Blender and put through a plunger system to still give it that soft serve look.

The ice cream was going great, but Cersosimo said she kept getting the same question: what about food?

So last year, they opened Carol’s Kitchen in a separate truck about 15 feet away.

They offer all the summertime favorites – burgers of all different varieties, including one with Cersosimo’s chili, steak and cheese and Italian sausage subs, hotdogs, fried foods. It’s been a big hit and Cersosimo has seen it turn into a destination for both Rindge residents and others who have heard about the summer food hangout.

“We didn’t want to be brick and mortar. We wanted it to be seasonal,” Cersosimo said. “We wanted there to be this outside area where kids could play and families could gather.”

She sees a lot of people who come for dinner and stay for ice cream – and others who come to get ice cream for dinner. On a nice hot day, people stop in at all times for a quick cone or a sundae or blizzard.

The food truck thing began when they had a wood fired pizza operation that they would take to events and weddings, and they put it on the property for a short amount of time, but eventually it became too much to take down the operation every day, so they sold the truck and the equipment. But now that they have a good setup and get lots of questions about the pizza, Cersosimo and Asaff are taking the steps to bring the pizza back.

Just last week, they purchased an oven and everything points to having the truck up and running at some point this year before they shut down in late October/early November. And the plan is to have it as a permanent third eating option come next spring.

They have spent a lot of time on the property, building picnic tables, making a large parking area and creating green spaces where kids can run around and play.

“We’ve been working at it year after year,” Cersosimo said, including adding a refrigeration unit between the two trucks. “It’s been a dream for a while.”

It’s a different take on the food truck business, but the couple didn’t want to have to deal with driving around and looking for customers. The area they’ve created allows for the people to come to them – and that’s they way they like it.

“You want people to be able to come here and count on it,” Cersosimo said.


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