As Southerners, us Lakelanders enjoy our sweet tea. Some like lemon, some don’t. Some like it steeped strong, some like it a little lighter. Some like frozen green tea matcha with with fresh banana slices served on stick. “Wait, what?” some of you are no doubt thinking. If you thought tea only came in sweet and unsweet, lemon or no lemon varieties, think again. The best place to get a thorough education on your the tea options is at the Teaki Truck. And now that the weather is heating up in anticipation of summer, there is no better way to enjoy your tea than in frozen bar form!
But frozen tea bars aren’t all Teaki Truck offers. Teaki Truck also offers 100% fruit pops, like Plant City Strawberry made with local berries. Some are frozen smoothie bars. And many are totally unexpected, but totally delicious flavor combinations like Honey Pear Walnut and Frozen Hot Chocolate.
Hold on, did someone mention chocolate? Yes! And Teaki Truck recently added a special decadent add-on to their frozen bars — chocolate dipping sauce and a variety of yummy toppings!
In addition to the above-mentioned frozen goodness, Teaki Truck offers a delicious variety of bubble teas — an iced Taiwanese drink that looks much different from every other tea drink you’ve ever had, but tastes incredible! When I met with Teaki Truck vendor Matt about his blog feature, I’d never tried bubble tea. I was wary about the odd little tapioca balls you slurp up through an enormous straw, but now I’m completed hooked, and I’ve been to Tea Largo (Teaki Truck’s parent company) twice this week to try other flavors!
Swan City Market Life: Where is Teaki Truck headquartered?
Matt from Teaki Truck: The Teaki Truck headquarters are at Tea Largo which is right next to Picassoz’s Art Cafe in Lakeside Village [just south of the Cobb movie theater].
SCML: How did Teaki Truck get started?
Matt: We started Teaki truck because we loved the idea of having a mobile Tea Largo store that gives us the opportunity to bring some of our most enjoyed items to the wonderful community of Lakeland and its surrounding areas. Our Teaki Truck serves our handcrafted gourmet ice pops called Teaki Bars and our popular bubble teas and iced teas.
SCML: How did Teaki Truck get started at the Lakeland Market?
Matt: Well, before the Teaki Truck, we would take a push cart that we sold Teaki bars out of. Once we got the truck operational, we started bringing that to the Market because we can offer other options like our bubble teas and iced teas, and I believe people enjoy having the different options we offer.
SCML: Describe Teaki Truck’s product line.
Matt: Teaki Truck has 3 different items we like to sell. We sell our Teaki Bars that can be dipped in milk chocolate, dark or white chocolate with the option to roll them in a variety of toppings — pistachios to toasted coconut flakes. Our bubble teas are one of our top sellers at Tea Largo. We have all kinds of bubble tea flavors in our tea shop- mango, strawberry, coconut, sour apple, taro, almond and that’s just a few of the flavors our customers can enjoy when they come and see us around town in the Teaki Truck or if they come to Tea Largo.
SCML: What are the most unique Teaki Truck Pop flavors?
Matt: We have a range of flavors that will keep you coming back. Our Mango Habanero is sweet and spicy, and it is interesting to eat. The spiciness makes you want to eat it faster and the sweet and coolness from the pop cools your mouth down to a certain extent. Probably my favorite pop would be the Avocado Mojito. It has a delicious creamy texture that is complimented by the fresh lime juice and fresh mint leaf while having no cream added. A lot of people have been enjoying our Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter pop that is deliciously rich with organic chocolate and natural peanut butter. Chocolate-peanut butter chunks can be found throughout the pop to add a level of decadent flavor. Our pop The Elvis is always a crowd favorite. People really enjoy one of the King’s favorite combinations of banana, peanut butter and honey.
SCML: What is the best thing about being a vendor at the Lakeland Market?
Matt: We absolutely love our community and we love being a part of such a awesome community gathering every week. I would say the best part about it all is seeing how much people enjoy walking around the Market with their families and being able to interact with them and create new friendships. It makes it a great time every weekend.
SCML: Where else can customers find the Teaki Truck?
Matt: The Teaki Truck is working on creating regular stops around town every week. People can like us on Facebook at Teaki truck or follow us on Twitter (@teakitruck) to see where the next stop for the Teaki truck will be. If anyone wants us to create a truck stop at their place of business, please let us know!
Stop by the Teaki Truck on Saturdays at the Market and talk to Matt to try one of their delicious offerings or to schedule the Teaki Truck to make a stop at your business or event. The Teaki Truck can be found parked on the southwest corner of the Kentucky Ave. and Pine St. — if you’re standing at the intersection, look toward Lake Wire (as opposed to toward the Police Department) and you’ll see the Teaki Truck! You can also visit Teaki Truck’s website.
And just to plug my personal recommendations, the Banana Pudding bar is wonderful, as is the coconut bubble tea!