Raspado to Italian Ice: Regional Snow Cones Across the U.S.
Neon-bright snow cones are a summer carnival staple, but the U.S. is home to more than just the usual syrup-sweet mound of ice. Saveur rounded up regional American snow cones, from Hawaii’s Japanese-inspired shaved ice with azuki beans to Mexican raspados found in Southern California, Arizona and Texas. Is your favorite snow cone represented?
Since Saveur is based in New York City, their list includes a lot of East Coast favorites like Del’s Frozen Lemonade from Rhode Island and piraguas, a pyramid-shaped snow cone from Puerto Rico that is popular in New York.
New Orleans and Baltimore boast different versions of the snowball, and New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia all share a love of Italian ice (called water ice in Philly). Our only addition to the list would be a couple more Asian shaved ice desserts, like Taiwanese tsua-bing, which has toppings like fruit, grass jelly or sweetened condensed milk.
• Check it out: Regional Snow Cones at Saveur
What is your favorite version of the snow cone?