It’s not an Italian ice, it’s not a Hawaiian shaved ice and it’s undoubtedly not a sno-cone. Shaved snow is constituted of big blocks of flavored frozen milky ice, heaved onto a rotating spit and shaved into gossamer-thin layers. The top product seems virtually like frozen cotton sweet; the gentle ribbons are each creamy and icy, with a lightness that’s superb in steamy climate. Lined with all kinds of candy toppings, it makes for a summer season deal with that may cool you down with out weighing you down.
Greater cities have been touting shaved snow as the subsequent dessert pattern – on a stage with frozen yogurt or cupcakes – for the previous couple of years, with purveyors like Snow and Inform and Flurries popping up. In Orlando, it’s nonetheless centered within the Asian communities, however fortunately, we’re wealthy in Asian eating places. Listed here are a number of locations that may shave you some:

Bubbles & Ice
813 N. Mills Ave., 407-895-8833,
Shaved snow matches proper into their mostly-chilly dessert checklist, and that is the one spot we all know of that flavors and freezes their very own ice blocks as a substitute of shopping for from a distributor. (Bonus: They use soymilk, so their shaved snow is vegan.) Inexperienced tea, pink bean and honeydew spherical out an inventory of just about a dozen flavors, with jellies and popping pearls on the toppings bar.

Nipa Hut
5565 W. Irlo Bronson Freeway, Kissimmee; 407-507-3826
It’s sort of far on the market, however that is the place to get conventional Filipino halo-halo – shaved snow topped with candy corn, candy pink beans, coconut, and tropical fruits like jackfruit, plantains or candy potato.

Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant
8255 Worldwide Drive; 407-363-7200,
After an epic bowl of ramen, a savory chawanmushi custard or an infinite omakase on the sushi bar, the inexperienced tea shaved snow is a refreshing finale. High yours with pink beans, sweetened condensed milk and mochi.

Chibi’s Boba
6437 S. Chickasaw Path, 407-704-8966,
The Lee Vista players’ hangout boasts simply three rotating flavors – like honeydew, vanilla and taro – nevertheless it’s a candy spot to relax with some condensed-milk-topped ice when you catch some Sailor Moon and scope their shows of manga-inspired artwork.

SnoTea Desserts
3402 Technological Ave., 407-203-6963,
The checklist of flavors leans tropical: pina colada, mango and honeydew snows rule, however the “unique” candy milk taste is actually singular. And their toppings are tops, with choices like Cap’n Crunch cereal and mango-flavored mochi. We hear they’re altering their identify to Ice & Bites quickly, however shaved snow will keep on the menu.


High your deal with: Sugar experiments and genuine add-ons

The toppings bar may seem like a mad scientist’s lab. To make selecting your add-ons simpler, right here’s a breakdown of all these sugary trappings.

Pink beans
The candy little beans are a historically Japanese topping, constituted of adzuki beans which might be boiled with sugar after which sweetened additional with honey or sugar syrup: the right gooey, sticky, starchy addition to your snow.

Popping pearls
A molecular gastronomist’s moist dream (dangerous phrase alternative, possibly) – additionally known as “bursting boba.” A skinny membrane covers syrupy, artificially flavored liquid that explodes in your mouth like big fruity caviar. You’ll discover flavors like lychee, strawberry and mango round city.

Filipino halo-halo usually options cubes of fruit-flavored gelatin on high, however some shaved snow spots additionally embody the multi-colored translucent fruit (or espresso) gels as decisions on their topping bars.

In case you love marshmallows, pile on the mochi: glutinous rice pounded right into a paste, sweetened and formed, then minimize into shapes and dusted with powdered sugar to keep away from clumping (similar to marshmallows!). Search for mango, lychee, pink bean or inexperienced tea flavored mochi.

Sweetened condensed milk
It’s the identical stuff you’d use to make pumpkin pie, and that the espresso illuminati use to keep away from sugar crystals of their iced java (significantly, genius trick). On shaved snow, it’s a necessity. Viscous, candy, creamy and wealthy – it’s all the things a dessert sauce ought to be.