Shave ice

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Shave ice
Hilo Ice Shave.JPG
Li-Hing & Lychee ice shaved from crack seed shop in Hilo, Hawai'i
Type Frozen dessert
Main ingredients Ice, syrup, condensed milk (common variant)
Cookbook: Shave ice  Media: Shave ice

Shave ice or Hawaiian shave ice is an ice-based dessert made by shaving a block of ice. While the product can resemble a snow cone, snow cones are made with crushed, rather than shaved, ice.[1] On the Big Island of Hawai'i, it is also referred to as 'ice shave', though both terms (ice shave and shave ice) are used by locals.

Shaving produces a very fine ice that appears snow-like. Flavored syrups are added to the ice, which are absorbed by the ice instead of surrounding it.[2][3] A properly made shave ice product rarely requires a straw, since the flavors are in the ice and not at the bottom of the cup. Although the traditional American flavors are common, shave ice in Hawai'i is often flavored with local ingredients such as guava, pineapple, coconut cream, passion fruit, li hing mui, lychee, kiwi fruit and mango. Hawaiian shave ice is traditionally served in a conical paper or plastic cup with multiple flavors and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and/or adzuki bean paste at the bottom of the cup. Sweetened condensed milk drizzled over the top is sometimes called a "snow cap". This style of shave ice is common on the north shore of O'ahu, as well as on Maui and the Big Island of Hawai'i (where it is called "Japanese style").

History[edit]

Shave ice has its origins in China, as early as the 7th century AD.[4]

It was imported to America by Japanese immigrants.

In other countries[edit]

"Snow ice"—cream, milk, water, sugar and fruit, frozen and then shaved and served in cones—is popular in China, Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia and making inroads into the United States.[5]

Gallery
Hawaiian shave ice machine. 
Syrups used for Hawaiian shave ice.
Syrups used for Hawaiian shave ice. 
Adzuki beans on Li hing mui flavored ice, with mochi balls 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Gordon (2006). "Honolulu Advertiser". Shave ice. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  2. ^ Linda Stradley (2004). "Hawaiian Shave Ice". What's Cooking America. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  3. ^ "History of Snow Cones". ePopcorn.com. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  4. ^ "The Americanization of Bao Bing, a Cool, Fruity Asian Treat". The New York Times. 1989-06-07. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-09-23. 
  5. ^ Thomas Rogers (2010-06-15). "Will "Snow Ice" be the next Pinkberry?". Salon. Retrieved 2010-06-16.