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How to Make Snow Cream

How to Make Snow Cream

To keep your shaved ice business fresh and forward thinking, you’ll need to have a thorough understanding of your customer base. What types of flavors will resonate with them? What’s currently trending? If you’re looking to add some variety to your shaved ice menu, then you’ve certainly come to the right place!

We’ve told you what a delightful combination ice cream and shaved ice is together. It should come as no surprise that adding a creamy dimension to your shaved ice makes it simply a cup of heaven. It’s a very easy and creative method of capturing your customers’ attention, especially when you feel pressed for time, or you’re having a creative block. You don’t need to be an expert to make some truly refreshing and mouthwatering flavors of your own.

All you need is evaporated milk and the shaved ice syrup flavor of your choice. To make one quart of any cream flavor, simply add four ounces of evaporated milk to an empty long neck quart bottle, and top off the bottle with any flavor of syrup. To make one gallon of a cream flavor, add sixteen ounces of evaporated milk to an empty gallon jug, and top off the jug with any shaved ice syrup.

Some flavors that work perfectly as cream flavors are Peach, Vanilla, Strawberry, Pina colada, Coconut, Chocolate, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Egg Custard. The more acidic flavors usually do not work as well since they may cause the evaporated milk to curdle. Note that once evaporated milk has been added, the flavor MUST be refrigerated, and it will usually last for four to five days.

Some shaved ice businesses offer what are called “snow caps.” This is where a cup of shaved ice is prepared and flavored as normal. After the final pour of shaved ice syrup, the cup is lightly topped with a layer of fresh snow. This unflavored layer is then delicately covered in evaporated milk to form the “snow cap” on top of the shaved ice. As the cup of shaved ice is consumed, the milk and the flavor will mix together, creating a creamy treat.

In terms of pricing, we suggest adding 25-50 cents to your base shaved ice cup price for cream flavors and 50-75 cents for snow caps. With these secret recipes in your shaved ice arsenal, you’ll without a doubt be ready to literally cream the competition!

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