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Difference Between Snow Cones and Shaved Ice

"What's the difference between snow cones and shaved ice?"

It's one of the most common questions we receive and one of the easiest to answer. The difference is the texture of ice and the simply the name. If you live in, or visit Hawaii - you will probably hear the soft, snow-like ice called "Shave Ice" which is spelled without the 'D'.

Whichever term you might use, there's clearly a difference in snow cones and shaved ice. The information below explains it a bit further.

Snow Cones

Often times found at a ballparks and large carnivals. Snow cones are probably the most common icy treat drizzled with sweet flavoring. The ice is usually crunchy and much of the syrup settles on the bottom of the snow cone cup - making the last few bites the most flavorful! Typically, snow cones are served with a limited number of flavors options - between 2-5. The most common are cherry, grape and blue raspberry. They are served in a cone-shaped wax paper cup. Snow cones are made by shaving ordinary ice cubes from your freezer. They are quick and easy to make and kids love them!

Shaved Ice

Shaved ice is often sold at roadside stands and mobile units. It's a fine and fluffy ice - mimicking real snow. It has many names - Shaved Ice, Shave Ice, SnoBalls, Shavers and (most commonly) Hawaiian Shaved Ice. With the fluffy texture of ice, the yummy syrup is poured on top. The snow holds the syrup throughout the cup of ice - making each bite delicious! You often see them sold in a variety of flavors - anywhere from 20 to 70+ flavors. Toppings are sometimes added - such as sour spray on the fruity flavors and sweet cream on the less acidic flavors. The snow is typically shaved from a block of ice. The flat shaving surface allows for a fluffier texture that melts quickly in the mouth.

If you're interested in purchasing a machine, we recommend the S700 Electric Snow Cone Machine for snow cone lovers and the S900A Electric Shaved Ice Machine for those who prefer a softer ice.

So, which one is your favorite? Let us know by commenting on our Facebook page!