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Two mobile food vendors hit the streets just in time for summer.

Devon Green April 16th, 2014

Ah, springtime in Oklahoma and the joy of eating food from a street vendor. Just in time for the warm weather, two new mobile concepts want you to chill out.

Owen Love and Murod Mamatov
Photo by Shannon Cornman

Super Juice is a truck specializing in juices and smoothies. It’s owned by Chadd Hook and Cody Ward. The two have been friends since kindergarten and have been working together for the past few years.

“We wanted to get into this business, specifically the mobile food industry, since it’s a great way to build your business,” Hook said. “We eventually want to have a juice bar.”

Hook cited Waffle Champion, 1212 N. Walker Ave. #100, as an example of a popular brick-and-mortar concept that started its life as a food truck.

Hook said Super Juice’s emphasis right now is to use local products whenever possible. He has been working with local purveyor Urban Agrarian to get the freshest produce from all over the state. What he can’t source locally — bananas don’t grow in Oklahoma — he will get from Whole Foods Market.

The truck will offer protein smoothies designed for specific uses, such as before and after working out.

Follow them on Twitter at @SuperJuiceOK to keep track of where you can find their local, organic goodness. In keeping with being as green as possible, the cups, lids and straws that Super Juice use are 100 percent biodegradable.

Now, let’s have a serious talk about the humble popsicle.

“It’s time the popsicle grew up,” said Owen Love, co-owner of Epic Pops.

Murod Mamatov and Love met at Devon Energy Corp., where they work in accounting. Owen found out that Mamatov, who is from Uzbekistan, had never had shaved ice. The pair went to a local shaved ice stand and came away unimpressed with the sugary treats.

They decided to offer something more natural with higher nutritional value than a whole lot of high-fructose corn syrup and food coloring.

The inspiration for the types of popsicles they wanted to serve came from the frozen treats known as paletas, which are popular in Latin America. These treats are generally comprised of frozen fruit and real sugar and are served from push carts, which is exactly how Mamatov and Love are going to operate their mobile business.

Their pops are made with fresh local fruits supplied by Urban Agrarian and are made in the Earth Elements Entrepreneurs’ Kitchen at 1235 SW Second St.

“We tried a lot of flavors and had our friends taste them too,” Love said.

Flavors that the two have come up with range from the fairly tame, like strawberry, to the unexpected. Jalapeño pops anyone?

Hey, if pickle pops are any indication, it could be a smash hit.

There also will be lactose-free options that will be sweetened with raw cane sugar. Love and Mamatov are even currently experimenting with sugar-free options.

Why should kids have all the fun?

Catch up with the carts around town by following them on Facebook at facebook.com/epicpops.

 
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