A Machine That Makes Perfect Shaved Ice in Seconds

Lauren, our production editor, recently tried out the West Bend Professional Snowball Machine and really loved it. Here’s what she had to say about this magical little machine.

I have many fond memories of my childhood trips to Oregon, but one in particular truly stands out: Whenever we visited Portland’s International Rose Test Garden, I always hightailed it straight to the snack shack, which had the best snow cones ever. I dreamt about those snow cones all year long and relished every bite once I got my hands on one.

The West Bend Professional Snowball Machine has made all my childhood dreams come true, as I can now whip up snow cones whenever I want. I just pour ice cubes in the machine, close the lid, and flip a switch. In about 30 seconds, I have light, fluffy, snow-like ice that absorbs syrup like a dream.

The best thing about shaved ice is its versatility. You can use it for snow cones (using either Williams Sonoma’s bottled syrups or your own homemade versions), slushies, or — my personal favorite — cocktails. This video illustrates some great recipe suggestions, including a killer idea for iced coffee and an ingenious twist on a mint julep.

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