Wafels & Dinges’ Island Hopper is Like a Mini Vacay

Wafels & Dinges has been keeping it seasonal and mixing it up with summer specials for the last few weeks. I was quite disappointed I missed out on their Feelin’ Peachy Waffle last week. So the other day, in celebration of National Waffle Day (it seems there’s always some cause to celebrate with waffles), I decided to hunt down their current special.

I missed most of the Waffle Day festivities, including the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. Wafel, but I did get to see all the waffle-inspired art work created by customers taped up on the truck. It looked like an elementary school classroom. And I also got to sample their latest concoction: De Island Hopper.

There was no Bob Marley music playing as I bit into the waffle, but there may as well have been. This was a crispy, crunchy Brussels wafel topped with dulce de leche, fresh pineapples, shredded coconut, and a scoop of their Raspberry Ripple ice cream. The other two flavors (speculoos and Belgian Madness) have been getting most of the attention, but this ice cream is nothing to sneeze at.

The classic combination of pineapple and coconut worked perfectly, but this did not taste like a piƱa colada doughnut. Instead, the dulce de leche balanced things out, keeping it sweet and sugary. And the raspberry ice cream gave it an extra tropical kick. It’s summery, fresh, and makes you forget about the hustle and bustle of the city for as long as it takes to snarf that waffle. But just like the summer, it’s fleeting, so enjoy it while you can.

The special will be available the rest of this week – Wafels & Dinges is has their entire fleet in Midtown today (one truck and two carts). Check the ML Twitter Tracker to confirm locations.

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