At a preview event for the OC Foodie Fest last month, Kim and I finally had a chance to check out Tropical Shave Ice. @TropShaveIce as they are known on twitter, launched in May and have been on fire ever since.
That may sound like a funny description for a Hawaiian Shave Ice Truck but once you get a taste of what owner Rick and his family are serving up I bet you will become as addicted as we, and so many others, have.
This is true Hawaiian-style shave ice. This should not be mistaken for a snow cone. It is not crushed ice with manufactured, thick, sugary syrup. Their shave ice is like a soft, powdered snow with flavorful, fruity goodness. They make all of their own syrups, made with real cane sugar and natural flavors, which is one of the things I like most. As a kid whose family vacationed in Hawaii and later moved there, I have not enjoyed a shave ice in many years. Tropical Shave Ice syrups are all about flavor that tastes like naturally sweetened fruit.
In addition to their delectable shave ice, one of the specials they sometimes have is pineapple upside-down cake. It’s a moist and wonderful cake that is so delicious in its simplicity. You just have to try it.
(Root Beer, Vanilla, Banana)
Tropical Shave Ice is one of the things I look forward to most when cruising for food trucks. And it’s not just the shave ice. Rick and his family are always super cool and welcoming. When you are with them, you are treated like family. They go out of their way to make sure you know how much they appreciate your business.
Rick has also been a driving force around the OC edition of DinDin-A-GoGo. He is rallying other gourmet food trucks to help bring more trucks and new flavors to the OC. This free event, which started two weeks ago, takes place every Wednesday night at the K1 in Irvine. If you see their big yellow truck nearby, stop and grab yourself a shave ice. It will be an experience like no other.