Kona Ice expands into central Pennsylvania

Kona Ice has arrived in central Pennsylvania, just in time for its shaved ice truck to cool off sweltering customers.

The local franchise, Kona Ice of Southern Dauphin County, is traveling through Hershey, Elizabethtown, Hummelstown and Middletown dispensing entertainment and gourmet frozen treats.

“We are already getting messages daily asking about Kona and expressing their excitement about the truck coming to the neighborhood,” Lauretta Blaine, co-owner of the local franchise, said in a release. “Engaging and giving back to the community is something my brother, Rob Stone, and I are extremely passionate about. We look forward to helping local organizations and growing our business to make a positive impact in local neighborhoods for years to come.”

She said Kona Ice will aim to help children by funding programs “that will provide knowledge, enrichment and fun as they grow into young adults.”

Beyond fundraisers, popular stops for the food truck include fairs, festivals and corporate events.

Tony Lamb, founder and president of Kentucky-based Kona Ice, added: “Lauretta and Rob share our commitment to giving back. They … want to have a positive influence … whether it’s new textbooks, sports uniforms or, simply, a smile. We are proud to have them onboard. Together, we are excited to make a difference in the lives of those around us.”

The Kona Ice truck plays calypso music as customers take their cups of freshly shaved ice and help themselves to the 10 tastes on the vehicle’s Flavorwave, Kona’s self-service dispensing system. They also can choose from 20-plus additional flavors and 500 combinations.

Since 2007, Kona Ice – with 1,000-plus trucks in 48 states – has raised more than $100 million in donations nationwide.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer