An ice-cream van (British) or ice cream truck (American) is a commercial vehicle that serves as a mobile retail outlet for ice cream, usually during the summer. Ice cream vans are often seen parked at public events, or near parks, beaches, or other areas where people congregate. Ice cream vans often travel near where children play — outside schools, in residential areas, or in other locations. They usually stop briefly before moving on to the next street. Along the sides, a large sliding window acts as a serving hatch, and this is often covered with small pictures of the available products, with their associated prices. Most ice cream vans tend to sell both pre-manufactured ice pops in wrappers, and soft-serve ice cream from a machine served in a cone, and often with a chocolate flake (in Britain) or a sugary syrup. While franchises or chains are rare within the ice cream truck community (most trucks are independently owned/run), some do exist.