There’s nothing better than enjoying a glass of shaved ice like this in a hot summer. It looks elaborate and beautiful, yet the ingredients and processing are simple.
This weekend gathering with friends and having this shaved ice party is also a great idea. However, you now have a different solution instead of using a shaved ice machine. It’s a blender! Figure out how effectively it works in shaving ice!
Steps to make shaved ice with a blender
- Powerful quality blender with serrated blades
- A glass bowl for storing ice
- Ice cubes
- Step 1:
Take the ice cubes out of the fridge and smash them into small pieces. The smaller ice cubes are easier to pulverize and do less harm to the blender. Because the ice may melt, we should complete this step fast.
- Step 2: Activate the blender
After that, put ice cubes in the pitcher. It should be about a third of the way up the pitcher. You should not use too much ice since it is difficult to shave and cause a jam. Press “pulse” several times. Then, adjust medium to high speed for a smoother texture.
- Step 3: Drizzle your favorite syrup
Fill each glass with crushed ice. Then drizzle with your preferred syrup. It’s important to note that each glass should only contain one type of syrup and minimal amounts. If you use too many types of syrup, the end product will lose its flavor and become unappealing.
- Step 4: Decor and enjoy
If only the above steps were followed, the shaved ice syrup would be nothing special. Mix as many other fruits as you can to test your creativity. As a result, we’ll have a shaved ice syrup that’s not just tasty but also appealing.
To prepare it, all you have to do is select your favorite fruits or match them with three or four different types for a more eye-catching appearance. Pineapple, watermelon, and mango, for example, should be sliced into beautiful squares.
As for some inherently small fruits, such as grapes, strawberries, and blueberries, you may not need to cut them but put them directly on. If you have jam or dried fruit or seeds, you can also use them if you don’t use fresh fruit.
A few tips for tastier shaved ice
At first, look, making mint shaved ice syrup or strawberry mixed ice syrup appears to be straightforward. However, there are some tips for you to refer to increase the attractiveness of the shaved ice syrup that I would like to share:
- First, the shaved ice syrup must be very smooth and fine for well-shaved ice syrup. That way, when you eat it, it melts in your mouth.
- Mixing syrups in a glass of shaved ice will cause an unpleasant taste and make it difficult to enjoy the distinct flavors of each syrup.
- If you have time, take advantage of learning how to make syrup. Making your syrup at home is both delicious and healthy. The bottled syrup bought from outside is often unsafe for hygiene.
- We use many other ingredients to make our shaved ice syrup stand out. For example, we may use fruit jam, dried almonds, shredded coconut, or desiccated coconut.
Here are some famous types of shaved ice in the world
Many people think that shaved ice has no appealing flavor because it includes iced and syrup with a few flavors. However, its perspective is not true. Several countries have developed their distinct manner of shaving ice that has become synonymous with their cuisine.
Bingsu is shaved ice from Korea. The fatty and aromatic flavor of red beans or other fruits mixed with shaved ice or frozen cream will bring a delicious taste that melts in your mouth when eating.
Tshuah-ping is a popular Taiwanese dessert. The cliff-like layer of shaved ice is in the middle and surrounded by some fruits and syrup. When the ice reaches your tongue, it will melt, releasing an intense tropical flavor of fresh fruits. People can sprinkle a little sweetened condensed milk on top.
Kakigori is a popular Japanese shaved ice dessert served at festivals and most Japanese restaurants. Kakigori is unique because it does not contain many fruits. Instead, the significant components are sweetener, condensed milk, and flavorful syrup.
In the Philippines, halo-halo is a popular drink. The Halo-Halo dish is made even more unique by adding a variety of tropical fruits besides shaved ice and condensed milk.
Some restaurants even put ice cream in the center to make it more appealing. Each type of fruit is placed separately, with a layer of shaved ice and condensed milk on top. You can mix thoroughly before serving a refreshing fruit cup.
Raspa is a Latin American shaved ice dish with rich and colorful syrup. They also add condensed milk or honey, so it often has a sweet honey smell milky aroma. Raspa is served in a cone-shaped sponge.
Snowballs are especially popular in New Orleans, the USA, during summer days. With finely shaved ice mixed with syrup of many flavors. Each cup of snowballs usually has only a single summer color created by the syrup.
Ais Kacang (Malaysia)
This delicious-looking shaved ice or “bean ice” comes from Malaysia. Ais Kacang’s ingredients usually include red beans, shaved ice, sweet corn, palm kernels, and jelly. Sometimes, they also put in Ais Kacang a bit of fruit cocktail flavor.
Shaved ice is a popular summer drink that people of all ages love. You can prepare this refreshing drink at home using easy-to-find materials and simple procedures. Prepare your syrup at home in various flavors if you have the time. It will help make your shaved ice syrup tasty, appealing, and healthier.