What is kakigori?
Kakigori is a light and fluffy shaved ice dessert originating in Japan around the 10th century. It is made from thinly-shaved ice from a pure, unflavored ice block. Using a bowl, a mound is formed with airy ice shavings that are garnished with ice cream, yogurt or fruity syrups, like melon or strawberry.
Originally, kakigori was reserved for Japanese nobility and typically enjoyed in the summer months as a refreshing break from the sweltering heat, unlike mochi which is enjoyed during Japanese New Year. As years progressed, kakigori became available for all to enjoy and share with a variety of ingredients and flavors. It is customary to experiment with this versatile dish by adding unique toppings to find your favorite combination, such as green tea matcha or chocolate syrup for a sweet treat. To maintain its pure origins, it is recommended to create kakigori with mineral water due to its source from natural springs.