Ah, shaved ice - one of the finer delicacies in life. The origins of shaved ice go all the way back to Roman Emperor Nero in 27 B.C. Dang, that’s a long time ago! Nero sent his worker bees to the nearby mountains to collect snow, that he then brought back to flavor with a fruit and honey mixture. Who knew, right? The same thing was happening in Japan, but we’ll get to that in a bit.
Shaved ice is ice that is finely shaved through a blade. It’s not chunks of ice. It’s not crushed ice. It’s not an icee or a slushie. It’s, simply put, ice that is shaved - imagine that. I know we’re really delving into some critical thinking here, but bear with me. The shaved ice allows for the delicious flavoring to really soak in and give it the best consistency around. Not too compact, not too fluffy - in the words of Goldilocks, JUST RIGHT.
Now shaved ice can be called all sorts of different things and there are some variances due to either how it’s prepared or what region it hails from. Who knew there was so much to know about shaved ice, right?