Shave ice

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Shave ice
Hilo Ice Shave.JPG
Li-Hing & Lychee ice shave from crack seed shop in Hilo, Hawai'i
TypeFrozen dessert
Main ingredientsIce, syrup, condensed milk (common variant)
Cookbook:Shave ice  Shave ice
 
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Not to be confused with shaved ice.
Shave ice
Hilo Ice Shave.JPG
Li-Hing & Lychee ice shave from crack seed shop in Hilo, Hawai'i
TypeFrozen dessert
Main ingredientsIce, syrup, condensed milk (common variant)
Cookbook:Shave ice  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. Even though it is made with shaved ice, it is called "shave ice", not "shaved ice" in Hawai'i.[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. This extremely fine texture causes syrups added to it to be absorbed by the ice rather than simply surrounding.[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 azuki 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 traces its history to Japan, where it is known as kakigōri and dates back to the Heian Period.[4] "Shave ice enjoyed world-wide popularity after Japanese plantation workers immigrated to the Hawaiian islands and took their traditional dessert with them, creating shave ice from large blocks of ice and using Japanese swords which were family heirlooms."[5]

In 1934 New Orleans, inventor Ernest Hansen designed an "ice block shaver" in that became a local variation known as the Sno-ball.[6]

In other countries[edit]

"Snow ice"—cream, milk, water, sugar and fruit, frozen and then shaved and served in cones—is popular in Taiwan and Indonesia and making inroads into the United States.[7]

Gallery
A man preparing shaven ice in India
A man preparing shaven ice in India. 
Hawaiian shave ice machine.
Hawaiian shave ice machine. 
Syrups used for Hawaiian shave ice.
Syrups used for Hawaiian shave ice. 

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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. ^ Heather Stever. "Hawaii Shaved Ice". hawaiishavedice.com. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  5. ^ Cara Mazzei (August 4, 2010). "Sweet Sensations: The Haute 5 Ice Cream Shops in Honolulu". HAUTE LIVING MAGAZINE. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ "History of Snow Cones"
  7. ^ Thomas Rogers (2010-06-15). "Will "Snow Ice" be the next Pinkberry?". Salon. Retrieved 2010-06-16.