THE LOOP — Three trucks that serve up frozen treats are part of the new slate of food trucks hitting Chicago's streets, city officials said Thursday.
One of the dessert trucks is Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, an Ohio-based ice cream maker that has pint flavors such as Brambleberry Crisp (brambleberry: blackberries, black raspberries, and black currants), Goat Cheese with Red Cherries and Lime Cardamom Frozen Yogurt, among others.
Also announced was Starfruit, the Kefir yogurt chain; and Mar ice cream truck, which serves shakes and sundaes. DNAinfo Chicago previously reported that the Husky Hog BBQ became the 15th onboard-lincensed food truck earlier this summer.
The onboard cooking approvals allow the dessert trucks to now make items such as shakes and smoothies as well as do basic prep work, like chopping fruit, on the truck itself.
The new additions bring to 17 the number of food trucks licensed for onboard cooking out of the 120 mobile food trucks the city currently counts on its streets. The new ones will be licensed and serving sometime this month, according to the city.
The rest of the licensed onboard trucks include: Salsa Truck (the first truck licenced to cook onboard in the city) The Fat Shallot, The Big Shish, Jerk, Pork Chop, Up Market: Fresh by Walgreens (a national truck), Beaver’s Donuts and Coffee, Giordano’s, Cheesie’s, Patty Wagon, Gelato D’Oro, The Eastman Egg Company and Carbon Kitchen.
Several food trucks also became the first mobile trucks to serve food at the Taste of Chicago in July.
"Chicago’s food truck industry is as diverse as the city it serves and we remain committed to creating the conditions and opportunities that will allow the food truck industry to thrive, create jobs and support a vibrant food culture across Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement.