We had no idea that featuring some of Seattle’s most kid-friendly food trucks would cause such an outrage. “Where are the dessert trucks?” Food truck-loving readers cried and how could we not oblige? After all, dessert was really the original food truck food, wasn’t it? Hello, let’s give the ice cream truck a little credit where credit is due… even despite the fact that he only drives by our house, without fail, when we’re smack dab in the middle of trying to get our kids to take a quick summer nap. Instead of waiting for the ice cream truck to come to you, hunt down these Seattle-area food trucks that are serving dessert up on wheels! (Psst! They all take credit cards, so no need to look in the couch for spare change before you go!)
Sweets & Treats
My Sweet Lil’ Cakes
Mmm Factor: They call it a hotcake. We call it a waffle-on-a-stick. But, really. Potato, poTAto, friends. You can say delicious however you please, it doesn’t change the fact that the treats at My Sweet Lil’ Cakes are amazing. First of all, the parents in the crowd know that anything on a stick works well with kids. Second of all, take a glance at the menu — red velvet buttermilk hotcakes with dark cherries and sweet cream cheese inside? Forget it. Leave the kids at home. You’re not going to want to share.
Truck Spotting: Get your Sweet Lil’ Cakes fix at their permanent, on-wheels location at 1208 Pine Street in Seattle, right where downtown and Capital Hill meet. Hours include Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., and Sundays… when they’re feeling up to it. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the most up-to-date info.
Mmm Factor: A Seattle sweet treat that you already know and love is on the move! Top Pot Doughnuts mobile Airstream location brings all of the yumminess that you and your kids crave to events and doughnut-free spots in the Seattle area. Sprinkle doughnuts? Check. Apple fritters? Check. Cinnamon twists? Check. The question is… if the Top Pot Airstream gets a flat tire on the road, can they use a doughnut as a spare? Hmm…
Mmm Factor: Before you get your Sounders jersey in a bunch, we have official word from the Dessert Police (what? they exist. really!) that waffles can now be considered both a breakfast food and a dessert. Bonus points for using both categories simultaneously! With a waffle menu that changes daily, the Waffle Wagon takes this standard breakfast fare to the next level. Let’s put it this way: When was the last time you had a waffle with salted caramel gelato, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and, of course, a cherry? Yeah, that’s what we thought.
Truck Spotting: The Waffle Wagon’s weekly schedule is always posted on their website and they often rotate through locations that are on the outskirts of the city, such as Bothell, Bellevue and even Federal Way, for the suburbanite families looking for a sweet waffle fix. Be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page, which gives daily updates on locations and menu items.
Ice Cream Lovin’
Moonie Icy Tunes
Mmm Factor: Already a Red Tricycle family favorite (did you see their 2013 Totally Awesome Awards nomination?), Moonie Icy Tunes is like that old school ice cream truck, but one that you can actually schedule to swing by your house, party, event, school or, um, Tuesday play date with the neighborhood kids? They offer a variety of individual ice cream and popsicle options, so everyone is sure to find something that they love.
Truck Spotting: Jump onto the Moonie Icy Tunes website to inquire about having them bring cool treats to you — there are various options, depending on what you’re looking for. The Moonie’s Facebook page is also a good place to check in with to see if they’re already in your neighborhood for an event and to drool over their latest inventory!
Parfait Ice Cream
Mmm Factor: We hesitate to even call what they’re serving from the Parfait truck ice cream because it’s so much more than that. It’s not just ice cream, it’s ice cream. Made from a base that is simply milk, sugar, cream and eggs, then complimented with, yummy both gourmet and common ingredients, you’re going to feel guilty buying this ice cream from a truck! Don’t worry, even though it’s considered to be artisan ice cream, your kids will hardly turn their cute little button noses up at Parfait’s flavors — their menu is pleasing to both parents and kiddos alike.
Truck Spotting: Visit the schedule on the Parfait website to see where the truck will be parked from day-to-day and follow their active Facebook page for the most current details on locations and flavors. And, lucky for us, Parfait just announced that they are opening a brick-and-mortar location, the Parfait Ice Cream Patisserie, which will open in August 2013 in Ballard!
Mmm Factor: We had a hard time figuring out which category to put the Street Treats truck in because it’s a combo-dessert truck — serving both ice cream and cookies. But, it gets better than two desserts from one truck as Street Treats is a Build Your Own Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich truck! Can we get a “mmm” from the crowd, please?
Truck Spotting: Your best source of information for stalking the Street Treats truck is to become BFFs on Facebook where they post their daily locations and hours.
What’s your favorite sweet spot on wheels around Seattle? Dish it up in the comments section below!
Note to dessert truck loving readers: There are other fantastic dessert trucks in Seattle that are available for events and parties only, but we chose to focus on the ones that are out and about for the event-less and party-less to enjoy around the city! Hope you enjoy these!
— Katie Kavulla