Almost anywhere you go in Hawaii you can find a place that sells the unique Hawaiian treat called “shave ice”. You may be familiar with what is known on the mainland as a snow cone, but make no mistake, our shave ice in hawaii is like a gourmet snow cone! Unlike a snow cone which is ground chunks of ice, a shave ice is a big block of ice which is shaved very fine and has an almost sorbet-like consistency, which helps it to absorb the flavor of the syrup added. That, however, is only the beginning! There are a myriad of flavors to choose from, and for the ultimate treat add a scoop of ice cream at the bottom, or azuki beans (a Japanese favorite of sweet red beans). Top it all off with a layer of sweetened condensed milk or li hing mui powder! Now you have a creamy, delectable taste treat unlike anything you can get anywhere else!
When it comes to choosing the flavor of the syrup to pour over the shave ice, many go for the traditional “rainbow shave ice” which has three flavors. However, here in Hawaii we have many tropical flavors like guava, pineapple, lilikoi, banana, mango, coconut, and lychee. Then there are the traditional flavors like grape. cherry, orange, lime, and strawberry. Add to that unusual flavors like bubblegum, cotton candy, blue Hawaii, maitai, and even poi! You may have a hard time deciding on the flavors, but we suggest you give this delicious dessert a try. It is truly the “best of the best” in Hawaii! There are many food and dining places on Oahu which sell shave ice and it is the perfect way to cool off after a hot day in the sun or at the beach! Once you have tried it be sure to let us know which is your favorite flavor!