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They see me rollin': Ice cream tacos are the hot way to stay cool in SoCal




Sweet Cup owner, Kenny Tran holds up a
Sweet Cup owner, Kenny Tran holds up a "Take Two" flavored ice cream taco.
Sweet Cup owner, Kenny Tran holds up a
Sweet Cup logo
Austin Cross
Sweet Cup owner, Kenny Tran holds up a
Sign inside Sweet Cup
Austin Cross
Sweet Cup owner, Kenny Tran holds up a
Sweet Cup logo
Austin Cross
Sweet Cup owner, Kenny Tran holds up a
KPCC's Austin Cross interviews Kenny Tran
Lori Galarreta
Sweet Cup owner, Kenny Tran holds up a
Kenny Tran prepares to create his masterpiece
Austin Cross
Sweet Cup owner, Kenny Tran holds up a
A lone shell watches over Sweet Cup
Austin Cross
Sweet Cup owner, Kenny Tran holds up a
Sweet Cup kitchen staff at work
Austin Cross


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Think of them as Choco Tacos re-imagined.

Sweet Cup in Garden Grove is one of the newest ice cream and boba joints in SoCal. The shop opened its doors just two months ago. Since then, it's been rare to find a down moment. 

Owner Kenny Tran gave the grand tour to Take Two's Lori Galarreta and Austin Cross. 

Sweet Cup owner Kenny Tran
Sweet Cup owner Kenny Tran
Austin Cross

How did this idea come about?

Kenny Tran: We sat down one day and we thought about something new and creative for rolled ice cream and that would be ice cream tacos. I make up my own recipe. It's just in my head that it has to look a certain way and it's going to taste a certain way. 

Sweet Cup worker rolls ice cream.
Sweet Cup worker rolls ice cream.
Austin Cross

You look like a really young dude. How old are you?

Kenny Tran: I'm 29, actually.

How did you come to have Sweet Cup?

Kenny Tran: I've been working in boba shops and tea lounges for a while. That's where I got my experience mixing flavors. Before even doing a product it's just in my head that it's going to be this way, this is how the execution is going to be, this is how I'm going to decorate it. 

24k ice cream taco includes charcoal ice cream, coconut and gold leaf
24k ice cream taco includes charcoal ice cream, coconut and gold leaf
Austin Cross

I know you've only been in business for a month now, but given the success that you've had, any plans to expand?

Kenny Tran: Yeah. We're actually looking for more locations and then we have people around the world asking to franchise Sweet Cup — so as of now we're actually working on it. 

 

 
 
Take Two-flavored ice cream taco.
Take Two-flavored ice cream taco.
Austin Cross
Press the blue play button above to take the audio tour and to learn more about how Sweet Cup came about.