Mr. Ding-A-Ling Ice Cream

Mr.Ding
A-Ling

Looking For An Ice Cream Truck Near You?

Book an ice cream truck for your event today and create a memorable, one-of-a-kind experience for your guests.

HolA!

Mr. DING

Is Everyone's Favorite

Book Everyone’s Favorite Ice Cream Catering Company For Your Special Event.

We offer the type of service you expect when you hire a professional caterer with more than 50 years of experience. No matter what event you have in mind, we will help you make it more special.

Give us a call and let us know what you have in mind. Tell us about your event and pick from a huge selection of ice cream bars, sundaes, and treats. We will show up on time and ready to serve, and we’ll stay as long as you need us to. Our mission is to make sure you and your guests have a great time! We cater for any and all occasions.

A few of the Events & Occasions We Cover

/Weddings

Celebrate your special day and make it even more memorable with a unique experience your guests will never forget

/Anniversary

Celebrate your two loves – your spouse and ice cream…unless they’re allergic

/Baby Showers

Thank your guests for their presence by offering some nostalgic ice cream

/Bat & Bar Mitzvahs

Add some unique flair to this once in a lifetime ceremony

/Concerts

Forget about another food truck and try something unique, like a mobile ice cream vendor

/Birthdays

Surprise your guests with a sweet treat at your annual birthday bash

/Graduations

Walk off the stage and commence your celebration with ice cream

/Rehearsal Dinners

Impress your guests with a blast from the past, offering all the ice cream delights from your childhood

/Parties

Frozen desserts are an exciting staple for any type of party

/Festivals

In the sweltering summer heat, nothing makes the crowd quite as happy as a cold treat

/Corporate Events

From company lunches to holiday parties, show your employees you care by hosting an ice cream social

/Conferences & Conventions

Inject some fun into your event with a surprise visit from everyone’s favorite ice cream van

/School/University

Call us for field day, ice cream socials, and other school related events

/Gender Reveals

Pink or blue, boy or girl, everyone wants some dessert.

/Sporting Events

We have served ice cream at football games, basketball games, volleyball games, and everything in between

The History of Mr. Ding -A-Ling Ice Cream

About

It's

February 1973.

Mr. Ding-A-Ling Ice Cream company was founded by Brian Collis in February of 1973. Starting with a single truck at age 20, he drove around the Latham area during the spring and summer months selling ice cream for 25 cents. Local residents loved the convenience of mobile ice cream catering, which offered a diverse array of premium, pre-packaged frozen treats from Blue Bunny and Good Humor. The ice cream options ranged from fudge bars to popsicles to every puppy’s favorite frozen dessert, Yo Dog.

Over time, Brian developed a regular, daily route and experienced a steady flow of routine customers who ran outside at the sound of the iconic musical jingles played over the truck’s PA system. He expanded his driving route into Albany, Cohoes, Watervliet and other nearby areas before buying a second ice cream truck in 1981. With the sweltering summer heat and the sun beating down on the Capital Region, Brian saw an opportunity for growth. In addition to expanding his fleet of vehicles, Brian started a new trend, mobile ice cream catering for events.

Everyone these days is familiar with food trucks, but an ice cream caterer was unheard of at the time. Brian established himself as the premier ice cream truck vendor for wedding celebrations, city-wide events like Alive at Five, field day at various elementary and grade schools, ice cream socials at campuses like Siena College, SUNY Albany, and Saint Rose, and corporate events for organizations like Albany Medical Center, Regeneron, and General Electric Company.

Mr. Ding's

Tasty Expansion.

In the late 1990’s, Brian expanded his crew of ice cream trucks further, peaking at 66 mobile ice cream vendors. Without any systems in place, coordinating that many drivers and routes proved too challenging to manage. So, in 2013, he cut back his vehicle count by 25% to ensure he could keep everything running smoothly.

In 2023 at age 70, Brian decided he was ready to retire, and he listed his company of 50 years for sale. Not one week after posting it, he received a call from his business broker who introduced him to Luke and Jared Van Der Veer, a dynamic local duo with the right experience to run it and a nostalgic desire to continue Mr. Ding-A-Ling’s legacy.

DING

It's

The Future.

Growing up in Latham, Luke and Jared remember jumping up from the dinner table and chasing the ice cream truck down the street on many occasions to buy their favorite frozen delights; Luke’s favorite was the pink sherbert Screwball, while Jared’s preferred option was the abundantly colorful Cyclone.

The two brothers bought the business in 2023 and jumped in full force, learning the processes and mapping out a growth plan for the future.

Mr. Ding-A-Ling Ice Cream is the largest provider of ice cream truck catering services in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

Book

Your Event

We offer the type of service you expect when you hire a professional caterer with more than 50 years of experience. No matter what event you have in mind, we will help you make it more special. Book an ice cream truck and let us know what you have in mind. Tell us about your event and pick from a huge selection of ice cream bars, sundaes, and treats. We will show up on time and ready to serve, and we’ll stay as long as you need us to. Our mission is to make sure you and your guests have a great time! We cater for all occasions.