Snow Cones!

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There’s nothing like a freezing cold, multi-flavored concoction such as a snow cone to bring cheer to your heart and a smile to your face on a sweltering day. So many taste selections to make, a lot of varied combinations of syrups from which to select. Where do you begin? How daring do you need to be?

The fundamental snow cone is a sweet treat made with tightly packed, shaved ice flavored with one or more vividly colored, sugary syrups, generally fruit-flavored. Some snow cones require a spoon for them to be consumed, while others are supposed to be held like an ice cream cone.

Lots of snow were lugged down the mountain tops to the city. Syrup was added to scooped snow to create possibly the world’s first frozen dessert. Input the snow cone or snow ball.

Skipping approximately 1,500 decades, we arrive in the snow cone’s next landmark. At that moment, hand tools, such as hand-held ice shavers, were created specifically to generate snow balls. From the late 1800s, a lot of manufacturers were turning out ice shavers with the capacity to shave a block of ice into soft, fluffy”snow” It was not until the 1920s that this icy treat became popular in locales such as New Orleans.

In 1919, at the State Fair of Texas, an enthusiastic crowd managed to buy handmade snow cones from Samuel Bert of Dallas. By 1920, he had invented a snow cone-making machine.

This machine prompted him to invent a more tasteful and hygienic version of the popular Italian ice marketed by pushcart vendors in New Orleans. Snow balls have been a popular dessert in New Orleans ever since.

Snow balls have gained popularity worldwide, but outside of New Orleans that they are sometimes called snow cones.

Snow cones produced in the United States are usually produced in the shape of a ball. Nearly all Puerto Rican snow cone peddlers sell their wares from their automobiles.

Mexicans and those living in the adjoining Texas border area consume raspados (raspas for short). The word raspar means”scrape;” the name raspado could be translated into English as”scraped ice.”

A favorite Hawaiian treat is called shaved ice and I sold in cone-shaped paper cups. The”Rainbow,” a popular flavor, is made with three flavors which are usually chosen for their colour and aesthetics rather than for the taste compatibility. (Beauty vs. taste? Is something backwards here?) Hawaiian ice is ordinarily shaved to a nicer feel than can be found with other snow cones so the syrup colors are retained longer and more intensely, again striving for an improved presentation. As mentioned at the top of this article, it’s not uncommon to find a scoop of vanilla ice cream at the bottom of the paper cup.

On occasion, a snow cone enthusiast can find a little gum ball at the base of the paper cone.

From time to time, snow cones are confused with Italian ices or water ices. However, water ice purists insist that snow cones have to be flavored after production, at the point of sale, while flavor is added to water ices as the ice itself is being made. Italian ice is a favorite in Nyc.

Nonetheless, southwest of New York City sits Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with its specialty, water ice, that is made of combining flavorings (usually fruit juices or chocolate and coffee ). A variation on this frozen dessert is gelato, popular across the United States.

There is a vast number of syrup flavorings, which can be combined for some exceptionally unusual mixtures. There are many standard flavors for the shy while, on the other hand, there are flavors that, when put together in one treat, may grow hair on your fingernails.

Banana Bubble Gum


Blue Raspberry


Cherry Cola





Peanut Butter


Root Beer







Cream Cheese

Crème de Menthe

Dill Pickle

Egg Custard


Mai Tai




Pink Champagne


Vanilla Malt

Caution! Look out for the dreaded Brain Freeze

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