One of the delights of working on a college campus is that there are food vendors everywhere. Hot dog stands, burrito stands, Thai stands… You name a food and they’ve probably figured out how to serve it out the back of a truck on this campus. Personally, I think this is one of Yale’s greatest assets. If it were up to me, I’d include the food trucks on the campus tour.
And I have done my civic duty by testing out as many of these meals on wheels since I’ve been here. But the other day I spotted one that I hadn’t seen before. Painted on the side of an old ice cream truck were the words, “The Cupcake Truck.” Cupcake truck, you say? That’s right, the Cupcake truck. I mentioned this sighting to a group of co-workers later in the day, who all enthusiastically agreed it was the greatest piece of excellence that Yale University has ever produced. It is exactly what it says it is – a truck that sells cupcakes.
(Pause for heavenly music and trumpets)
So this past week, I decided to see what this traveling sugar show was all about. Oh. Holy. Goodness. Prepare yourselves for this:
On the side of the truck are three different categories – cake, icing, and toppings. And under each heading there are at least 20 different options. And you choose from each heading! Its the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. You could have red velvet cake with banana icing topped with red hots. Or you could have strawberry cake with french vanilla icing topped with M&Ms. Or you could have chocolate cake with peanut butter icing topped with Reese Pieces. Or…
As I stood next to the massive line of students, faculty, staff, and one family with four screaming children, I found myself drooling on the person next to me. Sadly, the Cupcake Truck violates both of my “I’m Fat” and “I’m Poor” campaigns, so I did not allow myself to partake of the goodies. Instead I just stood there staring. And then someone asked me if I was in line and I said, “No, but do you mind if I watch you eat that cupcake?”
That’s when I removed myself from temptation and left the scene. But I’ll be back! Oh, yes. I will be back. I don’t care if I sprout a fifth chin, I will eat one of those cupcakes. Maybe I’ll have vanilla cake with peppermint icing and mint cookie topping… Or pineapple cake with mango icing and coconut topping… Or chocolate cake with marshmellow icing topped with strawberries… Or…