LOCAL Houston | The City Guide JUNE 2016 - Page 14

FOOD

BRAIN FREEZE

It doesn ’ t get more nostalgic than brightly hued shaved ice quickly melting onto a paper cone on a hot summer day . We took to social media last month to research your favorite snow cone spots and found the suggestions to be as diverse as they were vast in their locations citywide . From all natural varieties to the good ol ’ -fashioned artificially flavored ones . Even the moniker for the icy concoction changed from location to location . It ’ s officially snow ball , snow cone , sno cone or shaved ice season .
The Heights seems to be stomping ground for snow cone mania . Mam ’ s started with a wildly popular truck and now their storefront at 1040 W . Cavalcade St . sees an average of a 30-minute wait to try one of the highly coveted cups of shaved ice . Yeti Sunshine ’ s shiny trailer hand-shaves their filtered-water snowballs and then douses them with handmade syrups using real fruit , herbs , juice and pure cane sugar . Visit www . yetisunshine . com for their weekly schedule . Friohana ’ s little trailer handcrafts shaved ice toppings with fresh fruit flavors ( locally sourced as much as possible ) and makes its syrups with pure cane sugar . www . friohana . com for locations . In Sugar Land , The Ice Barn ’ s snow balls have a cult following with fans topping their snow with condensed milk or ice cream . 15910 Old Richmond Rd . Tampico Refresqueria features Mexican-style raspas in a variety of flavors from artificial to natural , with toppings including creams , ice cream , chamoy and mangonada . 4520 N . Main St . A few franchised locations came up too . Kona Ice sweetens with Stevia and has 8 trucks in Houston which are basically available for private events . www . kona-ice . com . Bahama Buck ’ s tropical variety is in the Katy Area . www . bahamabucks . com
By Carla Valencia de Martinéz Photography by Cody Bess | Art Direction by Jessica Bess
14 L O C A L | june 16
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