Take a picture…Home is where the shave ice is

by Tania Ginoza on November 14, 2012 · 14 comments

One of my favorite things about Hawaii is the shave ice.  It’s supa ono. (super delish!) and since our winter merely means bigger waves on the north shore and a slightly earlier sunset, we can indulge in this refreshing treat year round.

I’ve had Ululani’s Shave Ice on my must eat list for way too long. So I finally headed to the Dairy Road location on my lunch break to see what all the fuss was about.  Two thumbs way way up!  The ice is the perfect consistency, soft and velvety.  They smooth the outer layer and then poke holes in the ice before pouring the syrup.  I thought this was brillant as it meant no disappointing white ice partway thru. Hitting ice with no syrup in a shave ice is a pet peeve of mine. I can eat plain white ice at home, thank you very much.  Ululani’s offers a wide variety of syrup flavors, including sugar free options.  Add-ons include Maui’s own Roselani ice cream, mochi balls and shredded coconut.  I had a coke/cherry/lime combo with macadamia nut ice cream.

Shave ice was originally brought to Hawaii by the Japanese who worked on the sugar cane and pineapple plantations.  It’s very similar to Japan’s kakigōri.  Hawaii shave ice and kakigōri are a much finer and softer consistency than the traditional ice chips snow cone served on the mainland.  Shave ice is made by spinning a block of ice over an ice shaving blade using an electric or hand cranked machine.   A popular way to serve shave ice is with a bit of ice cream in the bottom of the cup or cone with the ice topped off with condensed milk.

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