Whether you believe in that gosh-darned liberal media’s conspiracy theory known as “global warming” or not, it is undeniable that this is probably one of the hottest summers Toronto has seen in a while. And while hopping between oases of air-conditioned salvation, what is better than a refreshing, teeth-chatteringly cold treat? Luckily, fellow dessert denizens, there are two new novel options to choose from in Sweet Snow Shave Ice and Chilly Ribbons. Both concepts are similar in that they are offering soft, fluffy shaved ice/snow which is more delicate than the ground-up, crunchy ice typically seen in traditional North American snow cones.
The idea of Sweet Snow Shave Ice originates from Hawaii and consists of Sweet Snow (a flavoured shave ice coming in either Hawaiian, Rainbow or Berries Gone Bananas) topped with one of 25 flavour options ranging from the more traditional, such as coconut and strawberry, to the more whimsical, like bubble gum and root beer. Because the shave ice is softer than ground-up ice, it can better absorb the flavour toppings and you won’t find a pool of syrup at the bottom of your cup. One can also top their Sweet Snow with vanilla ice cream, chewy Adzuki beans or condensed milk. FYI, they’re also made with no additives or unnatural ingredients and they source locally whenever possible.
Chilly Ribbons can trace its origins back to Roman times when the Emperor Nero would force his slaves to climb up the mountain for snow and then cover it in honey. Luckily, some smart person discovered freon and nobody has to scale Mt. Vesuvius anymore. Already a popular treat in Asia, Chilly Ribbons captures the fluffy goodness of real snow as is likened to frozen cotton. It comes out in wafer-thin ribbons using the world’s first multi-flavoured ice-shaving (I have no idea what that looks like but it sounds really cool… pun intended). There are over 40 flavours to choose from such as chocolate fudge, mango, green tea and butter pecan. Also, it’s a third less calories than yogurt or ice cream.
If you want to catch either of these colds, Sweet Snow Shave Ice is run out of “Toronto’s First Shave Ice Truck” and you can find out where it will be next by following their Twitter, while Chilly Ribbons will be at the T&T Night Market this weekend from July 19th to the 21st.