WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SNOW CONES AND SHAVED ICE?
Snow cones and shave, or shaved ice, are both frozen treats made with ice and topped with sweet syrups and often other toppings. Shave ice has its roots in Hawaii and differs from snow cones in the texture of the ice. Snow cones have crunchier ice, while shave ice is finer, fluffier and – ironically – resembles snow.
The “snow” in many shaved ice desserts is commonly shaved, or scraped, from a large block of ice. The fluffier texture of this type of frozen treat captures the syrup throughout the dessert, delivering sweetness in every bite.
You might think of shave ice as the hipper, more sophisticated cousin of the snow cone. There are frozen desserts that use shave ice as their base from every corner of the globe. The Raspado, has Latin roots and is topped with regional fruits and spicy, chile flavors. In addition to chopped fruits, Bingsu, a Korean shave ice treat, is topped with decadent sweetened condensed milk and earthy red beans, while the refreshing Italian Ice is made with shave ice, fruit and other sweet flavorings
Read How to Make Hawaiian Shave Ice to learn more.