Updated: Mar 5
19 reasons to skip the main course and go straight to the dessert truck
When people think about food trucks burgers, hotdogs and grilled cheese tends to spring to mind.
However, the food truck industry has grown over the years into a diverse landscape that now includes a wide category of desserts and drinks.
You may have noticed the churros trucks and gelato trucks at street food markets and festivals in your area.
So if you are thinking about starting a food truck and need some ideas here are 19 popular food truck dessert ideas for inspiration.
A Spanish and Portuguese dessert and a street food favourite, Churros are a popular choice for a food truck dessert.
Churros are a deep-fried dough pastry, made from sugar, salt and flour (kind of like a long doughnut) that is served with a chocolate dipping sauce.
This time we visit Italy with Gelato.
Gelato is made a bit different from ice cream in that it is made from a lower proportion of milk and cream which means it is slightly lower in saturated fats.
3. Ice Cream Tacos
Ice cream tacos are basically Mexican tortillas filled with different flavoured ice cream with a range of topping such as chocolate chunks and nuts
Ice cream tacos trucks are a relatively new concept in the mobile catering industry and probably a good food truck desert to sell as there should be less competition.
4. Gourmet Doughnuts
Doughnuts are probably one of the most well known and popular desserts in bakeries and other chains stores, which is a good indication for basing a dessert truck business on.
And you don't have to settle for the basic doughnut and can give it an upgrade with gourmet options from a bakery food truck.
5. Mango Sticky Rice
This is one of my favourite street food desserts and very popular in Thailand.
It's a very simple dish made using sweet mango, sticky slightly salted rice, with sweetened coconut milk and topped with sesame seeds.
And if you want to go out you can also have it with delicious coconut ice cream.
Mango sticky rice is a pretty rare street food desert in the west, so it may be a good idea for a food truck dessert.
6. Ice Cream Rolls
Another variation on ice cream which is a little bit of a common theme on the food truck, but not without good reason.
Ice cream rolls are made from liquefied cream which is squirted onto a flat freezing stainless steel surface and then flatted and scarped with a spatula into rolls of ice cream.
It then comes with a wide range of toppings such as fresh fruits, chocolate, nuts and seeds.
These types of food truck desserts are popular in Thailand and Vietnam.
How to make ice cream rolls
Crepes food trucks have been around for quite a while, which is always a good sign.
It means there is a continued demand for these sweet French desserts.
French crepes are basically thin pancakes made from a mixture of milk eggs and flour and then fried in butter.
They are served with a range of sweet toppings.
Crepes go especially well with chocolate sauce, peanut butter and banana.
8. Liquid Nitrogen Icecream
I've only actually seen this food truck dessert very recently on a trip to Hoi An in Vietnam and it definitely draws a crowd.
Basically, you cut out all the equipment used to make ice cream and use liquid nitrogen to freeze the cream very rapidly, making it notably silkier and smoother.
However, liquid nitrogen can be harmful without protective clothing so make sure you do your research first.
Here's a video on how to make Liquid nitrogen ice cream safely.