Unfortunately Sweet on You is now closed
It’s no secret that Jacksonville’s food truck scene is booming. It seems like every week a new food truck (or two or three) pops up. One of the newest food trucks in Jacksonville is Sweet On You, a mobile bakery turning out some seriously tasty gourmet desserts.
Despite being one of the new trucks on the block, Sweet On You is becoming pretty popular and has gained quite a following since launching their truck just a couple months ago. After glancing at their social media pages, it’s not hard to see why they have become so well-known in such a short amount of time. Their Instagram account is brimming with gorgeous photos of their cupcakes, éclairs, cookies, cream puffs, and every other kind of baked good in between. They even cater and do custom cakes and wedding cakes…and gorgeous ones at that! Just by checking out their social media profiles, we thought “Clearly the folks at Sweet On You know what they are doing.” So of course we couldn’t wait to learn more about them and to get our hands on some of their gourmet sweets.
Sweet On You does a fantastic job keeping their followers informed and up-to-date on where they will be each day. So it’s really easy to keep track of where you can find them. We caught up with Sweet On You for the first time one evening at an apartment complex just down the road from our house. It was right after dinner, we were in the mood for sweets, and we were thrilled! Food trucks don’t typically gravitate towards the area where we live (Monument Road/Regency area) so it was awesome to have one (especially a really good one) stationed so close by.
On our first visit to Sweet On You, we tried just a couple different treats, starting with their yummy jumbo cupcakes ($3 each or 6 for $15…deal of the century if you ask me). We started off with a Honey Bee Cupcake. It was a yellow cake topped with sweet honey-drizzled frosting. I loved the subtle sweetness and the earthy flavor that the honey added. The cake was not overly sweet, which was nice. It worked as a great backdrop to the creamy, light frosting. The only drawback on this one was that the cake just the slightest bit dry, but I may be nitpicking just a little bit.
We also tried a Fat Elvis Cupcake and, oh my gosh, it was so good. This cake was definitely not dry. It was super moist and was filled with a rich banana cream center and topped with yummy peanut butter frosting and chocolate drizzle. Sure, the whole chocolate, banana, peanut butter flavor combination might be a little cliché. But it sounded so good at the time and we just had to give it a try. And I am so glad we did. It was decadent and delicious! We especially liked the frosting on the cupcakes. On both of the cupcakes that we had, the frosting was really light and airy and full of flavor. But because it was so airy (and probably also because of our relentless Florida heat and humidity) the frosting on both cupcakes started to melt just a little bit before we got home, just a few minutes away. It didn’t make the cupcakes any less delicious, but it was a little messier than it would have been if we had just eaten them right there by the truck. They were delicious; they just didn’t travel as well as we’d hoped.
We also tried a cookie because in our family, cookies might as well be their very own food group. We consider ourselves cookie enthusiasts. We have a lot of experience with cookies and this one was pretty good. It was chewy and moist and packed with macadamia nuts, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries. It was tasty, but nothing really new or exciting. It was, however large and only $1, so it was a great deal for a sweet grab-and-go treat. The last thing that we tried was one of Sweet On You’s éclairs ($4). I’m not typically a big fan of éclairs, but this one was really good. It was packed to the brim with thick, creamy filling. And the pastry was light and had great flavor.
After this first visit, we were eager to learn more about the people behind Sweet On You, so we contacted them to find out a little more. Carey, the owner and operator, graciously offered to give us a little more info and also gave us a ton of other sweets to try out. I was excited to learn that Carey had started out working in the bakery at the grocery store chain Harris Teeter in Raleigh, North Carolina. North Carolina is my home state and my mom decorated cakes in a grocery store bakery for years and years…so immediately I became an even bigger fan of Carey and her amazing mobile bakery. Carey started out with the basics, learning how to baking bread, rolls, and pastries. She later relocated to Florida and eventually joined the Publix team to teach cake decorating here in Jacksonville. After years of working in a corporate setting, Carey was eager to get back to her passion. Working closely with customers and creating beautiful cakes and desserts was where her heart really was. By chance, she stumbled across the growing Jacksonville food truck scene. She loved the idea of being her own boss, developing her own recipes, and having the freedom to move around without being confined to one place. And that’s how Sweet On You was born.
Over the past thirteen years, Carey has perfected her craft and expanded her repertoire to include just about any type of baked good you can think of. And that’s what Sweet On You has to offer. When I met with her shortly after our first visit to the truck, Carey handed over a huge bag with a sampling of some of her most popular desserts. In the bag were more jumbo cupcakes…yay! My favorites were the Salted Caramel and the Samoa Cupcake, but even just the “plain” chocolate and vanilla were delicious. I feel almost bad even using the word “plain” because these were so much better than just your standard chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. Those two common cupcake flavors were elevated by Carey’s baking expertise and artistic presentation. The more gourmet flavors were also delicious. The Salted Caramel was a perfect marriage of sweet and salty and had a yummy surprise at the bottom…a big bite of rich, gooey caramel. The Samoa Cupcake was reminiscent of the cookie of the same name. The chocolate and coconut went together perfectly and again there was another pleasant surprise once you dug into it. The middle of the moist chocolate cupcake was filled with toasted coconut.
Cupcakes are so popular these days. And we already LOVE the cupcakes from Sweet On You. But Carey also wanted to make sure that we tried her pastries. Having developed most of her recipes through trial and error in her own kitchen, Carey takes great pride in her éclairs, croissants, and cream puffs. So, one of each was included in our sample box. We had tried an éclair our first time around, so we already knew how yummy this would be. And again, it did not disappoint. The thick bavarian cream was so luscious and rich and the pastry was perfectly puffy and light. The croissants were just as light and flaky and were stuffed full of delicious cream and fresh fruit. My favorite was the almond cream-filled croissant…the subtle almond flavor was just heavenly. And the strawberry croissant was also very good. The fresh, juicy strawberries were a nice compliment to the rich, sweet cream. And fruit makes dessert healthy, right? Right??
Even with all these amazing treats, the crowning jewel of our sample box had to be the Strawberry Cream Puff. First off, it is huge and gorgeous. Seriously…layers of sweet fluffy cream, bright red fresh strawberries all inside a pastry shell that is perfectly light, buttery, and flakey and then topped off with a light dusting of powdered sugar. I dare you not to drool when you see one of these things. We ended up sharing it so that everyone could enjoy it. And everyone did enjoy it. What is there not to like? What a wonderful and well-executed dessert!
Really all of Carey’s desserts are incredibly well-executed. I’m so impressed with her consistency and her attention to detail. Each dessert we’ve tried from her truck is picture-perfect as well as delicious. If I were in need of a wedding or special occasion cake anytime soon, I would turn to Sweet On You to work with me and plan the perfect custom cake. It’s obvious that Carey puts a lot of love and passion into all of her desserts, and she is so excited to get to share that passion with others. You can catch up with Sweet On You Mobile Bakery almost any day of the week. They can be found at the Jax Food Truck Food Court on a fairly regular basis as well as at a lot of local apartment communities throughout the area around dinnertime. Do yourself a favor and track down Sweet On You…their Facebook page will help you figure out where they will be. And don’t forget to bring your sweet tooth…you will probably want to try pretty much everything on the menu!
For this review we welcome a member of our own JRR family: Rhonda Kovar is a former call center manager turned stay-at-home mom. She grew up in the heart of North Carolina and moved to Florida after getting hitched in 2002. She is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University and a lover of all things crafty, musical, or edible. Rhonda loves finding new and delicious ways to turn her two tiny picky eaters into future foodies. You can follow her on Instagram.
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