Sunday, August 19, 2012

SlushWorks: Your Favorite Childhood Drink Has Gone Gourmet

One of my fondest memories of childhood is hopping on my bike, stopping by my neighbor's house to get my friend and heading down to the local convenience store to get "Slush Puppies", those overly sweet, icy drinks that made summers fun.  Who could have dreamed that twenty-some years later my fondest memories would be hopping in the car, picking up friends and heading down to the newest food truck to get a gourmet slush truck, Slush Works.  This is not your childhood slush, these are gourmet slushes made with all natural, simple ingredients: pure cane sugar, fresh fruit juice and herbs and spices. No mixes, no concentrates, nothing that comes in a power to be stirred until it dissolves.

The Slush Works menu is amazingly simple for a truck that brings out some pretty complex tasting beverages. You start with your "slush" base, for this visit it was Lemon, Coconut or Mango and then add in the "works": strawberry, mint, ginger, blackberry, caramelized pineapple or black tea. Or, if you are like me and could stand in front of a menu for three days and still not decide which combination you want to create, there are some standard combinations ideas up for the taking:

Ben Franklin: Coconut, lemon, mint

Dracula's Delight: Mango and Strawberry

The Arnold Palmer: Lemon and Black Tea

Crazy Coconut: Coconut and blackberry 

Or you just tell truck owners, Rob and Eric to "just make you something" you could end up with the very tasty

Passion fruit and coconut

All of these slushes were flavorful, with very fresh, clean taste, which is no surprise when you know that the owners of this truck are the same owners who had the Munch Box* truck in Fort Worth this past winter and spring. 

I tried to pick a favorite but the tastes are all very different but equally good.  The Arnold Palmer is very, very refreshing, the Dracula's Delight was sweeter but was a great blend of the fresh strawberry with the milder but more flavorful base of mango.  All of the lemon based slushes had a crisp tang that showed the flavor of the fresh lemon but didn't overpower the mixed in flavors. And nothing says summer more than a coconut based drink.  The best part about this truck is that Rob and Eric are having as much fun creating the flavors as their customers are having drinking them, so expect to see many more combinations coming to the streets. 
You can follow Slush Works on Twitter to find their locations; they will soon be serving across DFW.

*A note about the Munch Box, a kitchen fire took that truck out of commission. I had eaten at the truck but  wanted to try it again, to ensure that it was as consistently as outstanding  as the first time before I started writing my praises.  Unfortunately  I never got back that second time. Many of my followers have assured me that the loss was mine.  After now having gotten to know the owners and seeing how their creative process works, I agree that this loss was mine but am very excited about the things that they will be bringing to the streets, through not only Slush Works but through the Munch-Box family of trucks that they are dreaming about.
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