Ice Cream Art Truck Sweetens Upstate, Supports SC Farmers

TRAVELERS REST, SC (FOX Caroline) – We’ve got the inside scoop on a Charleston-based ice cream truck sweetening upstate with its ice cream art.

It’s called Life Raft Treats. The truck parked outside The Community Tap in Travelers Reston on Friday.

John David Harmon calls himself the “President of Businessy Stuff”.

“We’re really focused on portable treats, so what’s new in ice cream,” Harmon said.

They can make fried chicken, tacos, or a sandwich entirely from ice cream.

The treats tricked Gabriel Gandolfo.

“It’s really good. And I wouldn’t have believed it was ice cream just by looking at it,” Gabriel said.

Harmon calls his wife, Cynthia Wong, the genius behind the craftsmanship. He says she started out as a pastry chef; a position that is often overlooked. She was unsatisfied, even after the award nominations. So she applied her skills to ice cream. The show was called Life Raft because it was Wong’s life raft released from the industry.

“She’s always been the kind of person who played with her food, in a way,” Harmon said, “And she’s got a really silly sense of humor, too.”

Life Rafts doesn’t just make ice cream. There are non-dairy and vegan options.

Davey Gandolfo was delighted to stop by the truck.

“I really like trying new ice creams,” Davey said.

The treats are also made from South Carolina dairy, eggs, and farm products. For example, the peaches used in their Peach Bombs, which is a peach sorbet, are sourced from Edgefield County at Titan Farms. And the milk is from Bowman, SC.

Tess Gandolfo found this part intriguing.

“I think it’s really cool that we can eat homemade stuff from our state,” Tess said.

Harmon grew up in Greenwood. He says this won’t be his last trip to The Upstate so the joy balls can go statewide.

“By buying and supporting these farmers and other artisans, we are able to keep that money in the state and grow and prosper the state’s economy,” Harmon said.

Visit the Life Raft Treats website here. And follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

The truck will be in Greenville at the Community Tap on Saturday August 20th.

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