It’s Snow Cone Season!

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We are just weeks away from the official start of summer, and in Central Texas, that means blazing hot temperatures.  Cool treats are always a great way to beat the heat.  In recent years, it has seemed as though snow cone stands have become very common, and it has become very easy to compare and contrast this sweet treat over and over.

A couple summers ago, my family checked out Kawaii Shaved Ice in Round Rock and found the opportunity to be very creative when blending flavors. We also found that we could opt to get condensed milk on our shaved ice treat, which surprised me.  After a bit of internet sleuthing, though, I learned that including condensed milk and other food items is part of international snow cone culture.  Check out this interesting Wikipedia article all about shaved ice.

Speaking of shaved ice…what is the difference between shaved ice and a snow cone?  As far as I can determine with internet sleuthing, there is no difference – each term means the same thing.  I have found, though, that I seem to like shaved ice better than a snow cone. When I have gotten a shaved ice, I have found that the ice is finer and the sweet flavoring blends with it better than when I get a snow cone. My experience with snow cones has been that the ice is larger and all the sweet flavoring goes to the bottom of the cup or container.

Without further ado, here is a list of snow cone goodness in the Austin area:

  • Jim-Jim’s Italian Water Ice- 615-A E. 6th Street (there are also Jim-Jim’s concession stands all over town, including Barton Springs pool and the three SFC Farmers’ Markets).

Before you head to one of the locations, be sure to check as some locations are only open from May 1 through October 31. Most of the trailer’s hours are from Noon- sundown, but we do recommend that you click on each link to verify locations and operating hours prior to heading out. Keep in mind also that many of these are trailers and will shut down in inclement weather…. not that you would be sitting outside in a tornado eating a snow cone, right?

Did we miss any? If so, please feel free to leave a comment with your favorite snow cone/ shaved ice location in the greater Austin area.

Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/snow-cones/

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