by Lauren Drell
If you’re searching for Chicago’s sweetest new food truck, chances are you can catch it rolling somewhere around the Loop with its driver, owner and lead baker, Lupita Kuri, steering the wheel. Even though it’s hard to miss this bright pink ’80s postal truck tattooed with flames and making runs across the city and to a “secret” suburb each week, you may want to follow Sweet Ride on Twitter, or become a fan of its Facebook page, so you can pin down its exact location, and you won’t be left with low blood sugar.
Sweet Ride is a tasty addition to Chicago’s line of food trucks that have been recently popping up all over town. Sweet Ride is a tasty addition to Chicago’s line of food trucks that have been recently popping up all over town. velvety rich chocolate mousse, strawberry shortcake cake pops, and cupcakes — all of which are baked from scratch. You’ll soon be able to add chocolate covered bananas to the list, which are slated to be introduced this summer.
If that’s not sweet enough, in addition to the assortment of desserts, dog owners can pick up all-natural baked bite-sized pupcakes for their pooch, the proceeds of which will be donated to local animal shelters. Although you won’t find any on the truck just yet, you can custom order gluten-free and vegan whoopie pies, available by the dozen. And get this: if your delivery address is within the city limits, delivery is free.
While Sweet Ride’s menu changes each day the truck hits the streets (except its signature items), its list of environmentally-friendly ingredients doesn’t. Sweet treats are made with cage-free eggs, bakery boxes are comprised of sustainable lumber, packaging is recyclable and biodegradable — down to the cups and utensils — and receipts are either e-mailed or texted to your phone, not printed. Soon, Sweet Ride will be making another delivery; this one to Lincoln Park’s Whole Foods, which will shortly be selling its whoopie pies. If that’s not sweet enough, you may see Kuri on the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” although she’s still waiting on final confirmation. Talk about a sugar high.