A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 13, 2013
Baby Raddle/Rattle (chocolate and rainbow sprinkles)

Mister Softee ice cream trucks feature “Baby Raddle”—a soft-serve vanilla ice cream cone with half chocolate sprinkles and half rainbow sprinkles. The Big Gay Ice Cream truck offers a similar “Baby Rattle.”

“Baby Rattle” has been cited in print since at least 2008 and “Baby Raddle” since 2012. The origin of the name is not known. An ice cream cone with half chocolate sprinkles and half rainbow sprinkles is also called a “two face.”


i keep on talking trash but i never say anything
4.21.2008
On Ice Cream
To me, nothing stands as a reminder that summer is coming more than Mister Softee.
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A Baby Rattle is a chocolate soft-serve cone with sprinkles at the bottom of the cone, creating a rattling sound. I’d usually shake the cone right away, since the longer you kept the cone still, the more the ice cream would melt down and solidify the sprinkles. However, when I shook the ice cream to hear the sprinkles at the bottom, the sprinkles at the top—half chocolate, half rainbow, which was another big draw for the Baby Rattle--would fly off.

Yelp
Mister Softee of the Bronx
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Megan L.
6/14/2012
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We got the BABY RADDLE, a standard vanilla cone dipped in two kinds of sprinkles - chocolate and rainbow.

Will Run For Glitter
26 Jun 2012
Get Outside on Governors Island 10k Recap: The Good, The Bad & The Salty
Posted by Stacy Lazar in Escapades, General Ramblings, Running
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The Mr. Softee Truck. Really? I mean, the only thing more cruel than setting up a water station less than a third a mile from the finish line is plopping a closed down Mr. Softee ice cream truck on the race route. What I would have done for a double twisted baby rattle (rainbow sprinkles, duh) at that moment, you have no idea.

AKNYC
October 5, 2012
BIG GAY Ice Cream
Written by aknyc
There’s an ice cream truck(s) in NYC called…you guessed it… Big Gay Ice Cream.
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Big Gay ice cream is soft serve and has several creative flavors. We got one called salty pimp and one called baby rattle.

The salty pimp is vanilla soft serve with caramel lining the sides vertically as we’ll as injected into the center, sea salt sprinkled over and then dipped in chocolate. It has a rich and creamy taste offset by just enough salt.

The baby rattle is soft serve vanilla covered by chocolate sprinkles on one side and rainbow (appropriate) on the other. The flavors were not as complex as the salty pimp but for me, you can’t beat vanilla with sprinkles. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, June 13, 2013 • Permalink