Remember when I first discovered snow ice/shaved snow/cream snow/snowflakes/whatever you want to call it? Well, ever since then I’ve been obsessed. Here’s a refresher: it’s a super cold mixture made with milk rather than water that’s frozen into a block and then shaved, producing a ribbon-like look and texture. The first time you have it, you’ll be blown away.
The next place I ventured to try the dessert was Snowdays in the East Village. Here, they call it “shaved cream,” but it’s still the same idea of Taiwanese/Korean creamy shaved ice. While Grace Street also lets you customize your flavors and choose your toppings, Snowdays has a much more fro-yo type vibe to their store and look to their shaved cream presentation.
Step 1: Choose your size. Regular is $5, large is $7, and Yeti is $10 (Snowdays’ logo and signature graphic is a cute little Yeti). Step 2: Choose a flavor between Yeti Tracks (which is actually blueberry cookies ‘n cream), NY Cheesecake, Roasted Black Sesame, Sweet Milk, Grean Tea Matcha, and Coconut (this one’s vegan!). Step 3: Choose your toppings for 50 cents each, between treats like pocky sticks, sprinkles, and fruity pebbles. Step 4: Choose what drizzle you want. One is included, and it’s 50 cents for any extra you get. There’s condensed milk, chocolate sauce, strawberry puree, and more! If you’re not about making all those (very important) decisions, then you can go ahead and choose one of their combos that they’ve already devised. The cool creations include combinations like The Original, which is sweet milk shaved cream, Cap’n Crunch, blueberries, and peanut butter sauce, and the Made in Taiwan, which is green tea matcha shaved cream, grass jelly, mochi, and condensed milk.
I decided to make my own and ordered the regular size with Yeti Tracks with mochi, walnuts, and salted caramel drizzle. I found that it wasn’t as smooth and had a little icier texture than shaved cream I’ve had elsewhere, but it’s still a totally different animal than your average shaved ice or ice cream, and boy, that is good. Really, it’s the perfect hot weather treat, but heck, now that we’re getting into fall, it’s really a wonderful treat then too. What combo will you dream up?
Regular yeti tracks with mochi, walnuts, and salted caramel
241 E 10th St
New York, NY 10003