Whether you are opening a new specialty shop or want to serve delectable iced desserts at your festival or event, it's important to know what kind of shaved ice or snow cones best suits your customer demand. By offering snow cones, shaved ice, and other treats during hot summer months, you'll help boost impulse sales when they see the array of toppings and colorful syrups available.
Snow cones are made with larger granules of ice than shaved ice, which results in a crunchy, flaky texture of ice. Shaved ice, also commonly referred to as Hawaiian ice, is made with fine granules for a soft, fluffy texture that is more comparable to snow. Both are made using flavored syrup to complete the dessert. Snow cones are typically served in a 6 oz. conical shaped paper cone cup and shaved ice is typically served in a paper or foam cup with a spoon, similarly to ice cream.
Kakigori is a Japanese shaved ice dessert that is traditionally made using a hand-cranked block ice shaver. High-quality ice is key to this dish, so blocks of tempered mineral or spring water are frequently used to achieve a crisp, fresh taste. While comparable to Hawaiian ice, kakigori is much softer and snow-like. Top with flavored syrups and condensed milk to complete the dish.
Bingsu is the Korean variety of shaved ice desserts. Unlike other shaved ice types, bingsu is characterized by its incorporation of red beans, sometimes called pat-bingsu. Red bean paste is a popular topping in Korean desserts, as it adds a slightly sweet and natural taste to the dish. For further balance, chopped fruit, fruit-flavored syrups, and condensed milk are also common toppings.
Baobing is the shaved ice dessert found in China and Taiwan, with the Taiwanese name being tsuabing. Baobing is served in large portions with ice texture similar to snow cones. Frequently, the ice is shaved from pre-flavored blocks. Common toppings include sugar water, tapioca or boba, sliced fruit, and even mung beans! Like many other shaved ice varieties, condensed milk is often incorporated for a creamier texture.
Mexican Shaved Ice, or raspado, is a popular street dessert in Mexico. Raspado means “scraped”, alluding to the shaved ice texture and how it is created. Raspado is often created by hand-scraping the ice with a tool called a raspador. Raspado is served in cups with your choice of toppings and a straw to help you reach all the melted ice and syrup on a hot day. Common toppings include fresh fruit, ice cream, or chili powder for a little spice!