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Zombie Ice Food Truck Serves Cold Treats So Good It's Spooky

Zombies might want to eat your brain and take over the world. But at Zombie Ice Food Truck the only cerebral damage you'll experience is in the form of a brain freeze. And that's only if you eat it too fast --which will probably happen because it's ginormous, sweet, and dripping in trippy colors.

Owners Carlos Fierro and John Place opened their spooky shaved ice food truck two and half years ago. They boast 12 zombie-inspired flavors and incorporate Fierro's South American heritage by adding condensed milk to some. Almost the size of your face, these ice treats are decorated to look like human brains.

Be warned, if it looks like you're eating brains, you could be mistaken for a zombie. Symptoms include a brightly-colored tongue.

Carlos Fierro was born in New York but moved to Ecuador with his parents when he was 12. When he returned to America, he eventually pursed a career in investments. But after getting married and starting a family, the pressure of it all consumed Fierro.

"I ended up in the hospital when I was on a family trip to Orlando," Fierro remembers. "It was from a stress attack."

Fierro then went into business with Place, a friend he had met in business before. The pair considered multiple ideas but ultimately realized that foodtrucks were booming and shaved ice was not an expensive business to kickstart.

"We found the trailer online," Fierro explains. "We then designed the outside of it. And we were throwing names back and forth. John [Place] likes zombies and we thought Zombie Ice sounded cool."

Of the 12 flavors, the Zombie Brain Freeze is the customer-favorite. It has cherry and raspberry syrup with condensed milk on top. The ice is shaved to a fine texture and it is poured out in the shape of brain.

Zombie Ice usually keeps to Weston and Cooper City but have ventured as far south as Homestead and as far north as Port St. Lucie. They post their daily whereabouts on their Facebook and Twitter. But you can find them every football game at Sun Life Stadium. Or on Wednesdays at his children's elementary school, where Fierro donates a percentage of the proceeds back to the school.

"The kids really love it," Fierro laughs. "My daughter and son help me out and they're really popular because of it."

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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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