Food trucks: Escape the heat with cool food trucks

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Posted 8:40am on Thursday, Jul. 04, 2013

Now that summer is officially here, the cold trucks have become the most popular trucks in the Metroplex. This year we have many new ones out, and I have already hit most of them. You can find most of these trucks by searching them on Facebook and Twitter.

Bobaddictionis the newest kid on the block. This truck will specialize in boba tea and will have “shaved snow.” I am eager to get my hands on what is described as a cross between frozen yogurt and shaved ice. You can follow Bobaddiction on Facebook and Twitter to find them after July 4.

Coolhaus is tackling a second summer in DFW through its offerings of custom-built ice cream sandwiches. The flavors of ice cream and cookies vary daily but there is always something for everyone, including a daily gluten-free option for its cookies and ice cream. Customers can create their own combinations or go with a suggested combo. The ice cream is rich and the cookies are sweet. My tip: Get the ice cream in a cup with the cookies on the side; otherwise it melts and makes a mess while you try to eat. You can find Coolhaus’ locations and flavors of the day on Twitter ( @CoolhausDFW).

Gypsy Scoops is Fort Worth’s ice cream trailer. The trailer serves small batches of ice cream from a small creamery in the area and also offers some self-made flavors. The flavors have unusual names and of those I have tasted, all are very tasty. Gypsy Scoops’ special item is the Gypwich, a “sandwich” of ice cream between two doughnut halves. Be sure to track Gypsy Scoops down on a day when it isn’t doing a large event or at a park; the end doors of the trailer open and you can walk in and visit, as if you were in an ice cream shop. You can track Gypsy Scoops on Facebook and Twitter.

Maui Wowi is bringing its smoothies to the Metroplex in a truck after having concession stands around the area. The truck offers a variety of fruit-based smoothies that are filling enough to have been my lunch several times over the past few weeks. The flavors are fresh and the right blend to cool you down but not melt too quickly. You can follow Maui Wowi on Facebook and Twitter to find out where it’s bringing a taste of the Hawaiian Islands next.

What’s da Scoopis the newest ice cream truck in the Metroplex. The ice cream is made at a creamery in Wisconsin and the truck offers an extensive menu of flavors and combinations to make sundaes and floats. The ice cream is very smooth and some of the flavors, like Superman, are originally from the Midwest. What’s da Scoop also offers a variety of toppings. including balsamic raspberry compote, sea salt caramel, candied bacon and a host of other more traditional flavors. You can find the entire list of flavors on the website or follow along on Facebook and Twitter to learn about the special of the day and where to find them. With the huge ice cream cone on top of the truck, finding the truck is not a problem once you know the general location!

If ice cream is not high on your summer treat list, you may prefer shaved ice or snow cones. DFW has plenty of of trucks selling those for you, too.

Enticed was the first shaved-ice truck, on the streets since 2011. I grew up eating New Orleans Snoballs, and Enticed takes me back to those summers of my youth. Having done a lot of taste-testing this summer, I’ve found that Enticed is the only shaved-ice truck that shaves its ice so finely that it has absolutely no crunch, which is exactly how I want my shaved ice. Enticed offers a variety of flavors, which rotate through the menu. Enticed has Facebook and Twitter pages where you can find its locations throughout the week.

Happy Camper is Denton’s cold truck, offering shaved ice, lemonade and floats. The star of this truck is the truck-made lemonade, with no high fructose corn syrup, no additives, just fresh squeezed lemonade that quenches the thirst. The old-fashioned float was a hit with my family, reminding everyone how delicious a mix of ice cream and soda really could be. Track down Happy Camper in Denton, through Facebook and Twitter, and be reminded of the fun of a hot summer day.

Mr. Snowie is a snow-cone truck from the ladies who bring sushi to the streets with Crazy Fish. This truck offers 39 flavors of syrup and you get to do your own squirts so you can add as much or as little as you like and create your own mixture. Mr. Snow posts its locations on Facebook and Twitter.

Parrot Icce is the newest shaved-ice truck serving DFW. The truck is a moving tribute to Plano native Scott Huckaby, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. The truck does a tremendous number of charity events and strives to give back to the community, especially Huckaby’s and the truck owner’s hometown of Plano. The truck offers a variety of flavors of shaved ice and offers adult versions of summer treats for those over 21. You can follow Parrot Icce on Facebook and Twitter.

Slush Works is a slush truck that came out last summer and occasionally is out in Fort Worth. The truck offers amazing slush drinks made with natural fruits, no additives, nothing fake and chemical-based. I raved about this truck last year and really wish it was out every day. You can find Slush Works on Twitter and join me in begging it to come out more!

All of these trucks offer delicious ways to keep cool this summer. Go find them and make a hot day very special for everyone in the family!

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