What is shaved snow?
Shaved snow (also known as snow ice, snow fluff, snow cream, shaved ice cream, or shaved cream) is a flavored block of frozen milk that is shaven into thin, fluffy ribbons and covered with a variety of sweet toppings like fruits, red beans, boba, chocolate chips, etc. It has a light, smooth and creamy texture with a wide variety of flavors ranging from matcha green tea to strawberry shortcake.
Make sure not to confuse shaved snow with other common ice-based desserts like snow cones and shave ice. Snow cones are ground-up ice shavings covered with sweet colored syrup, while shave ice (or shaved ice in the mainland) is a Hawaiian dessert made of finely crushed ice covered in condensed milk, fruits, beans and other sweet toppings.
Shaved snow is said to have been invented in Taiwan at the Shilin Night Market.
Where can I get it?
Shaved snow can usually be found in areas dense with Taiwanese or Asian restaurants. Here are some places where you can enjoy this smooth frozen dessert.
Denver, CO : Snow Lab
Miami, FL: Mr. Bing
New York, NY: Snowdays
San Diego, CA: Iceskimo
San Francisco, CA : Powder
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How can I make it?
It’s pretty straightforward and easy to make shaved snow, as long as you have the right equipment. These are simple instructions on how to make those sweet fluffy ribbons like a pro.
- 1 large block of frozen milk (low-fat or soy)
- toppings: fruits, sweet beans (optional)
- sauces: chocolate, caramel, syrups (optional)
- First, shave the block of ice with the shaved snow machine into a bowl
- Top the shaved snow with your favorite toppings
Kristina Reynolds is the Founder & CEO of Glutto and an alumna of the University of California, San Diego. She writes articles & posts for Glutto Digest with insights from fellow industry experts. Furthermore, she is the author of The Fittest Food Lovers: How EVERY BODY Can be Incredibly Fit and Still Enjoy Food, a collaborative philanthropic book with proceeds going to charities that fight world hunger.