Shaved Snow: not a snow cone, nor shave ice

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Where Can I Get it?  |  How Can I Make It?

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.

snow cone in glutto digest

(snow cones)

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(shave ice)

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 Labshaved snow in denver colorado?: Snow Lab on Facebook

Miami, FL: Mr. Bingshaved snow in miami florida?: @mrbingofficial on Instagram

New York, NY: Snowdaysshaved snow in nyc new york?:  Snowdays on Facebook

San Diego, CA: Iceskimoshaved snow in san diego california?:  Iceskimo on Facebook

San Francisco, CA : Powdershaved snow in san francisco california?: SnoCream on Facebook

Looking for more places that serve shaved snow?  You can find them on Glutto right here.


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.

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  • 1 large block of frozen milk (low-fat or soy)
  • toppings: fruits, sweet beans (optional)
  • sauces: chocolate, caramel, syrups (optional)



  1. First, shave the block of ice with the shaved snow machine into a bowl
  2. Top the shaved snow with your favorite toppings
  3. Enjoy!


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