Ok, by now it has been a few months since you visited the Hawaiian Islands and you long for the breathtaking views of the sparkling blue pacific, the aromatic smell of plumeria first thing in the morning, but most of all you miss the cool refreshing taste of Hawaiian shave ice.
Fear not, you don’t have to buy a plane ticket just to recapture the taste of shave ice. You can make it right in your own home. It is a relatively easy process that requires only two ingredients: Ice and flavored syrup.
To make your own frozen delicacy at home you must remember that the ice must be shaved and not crushed like snow cones. Shave ice has a snow like consistency that holds in the flavor. Traditional crushed ice Snow Cones have large ice pieces that causes the syrups to drain to the bottom of the cup.
To achieve the best results it is best to use blocks of frozen ice. So fill up a plastic container with water and place it in your freezer. After the water is frozen take it out of the freezer, but leave the ice in the container.
The Japanese plantation workers used to use machetes to shave their ice, but it is safer and easier to carefully use a butter knife. Just run the knife back and forth across the ice block to shave off your ice and scoop the ice shavings into a bowl.
After you achieve the desired amount of ice pour your flavored syrup on top. You can order authentic Hawaiian Shave Ice flavors online or substitute Italian flavor syrups that are found in stores. Be sure not to douse the ice, but rather gently pour on a small amount of syrup until the ice is sufficiently covered with one or more flavors.
If all of this seems overwhelming, you can buy a small machine off the internet. They usually start at around $50 dollars for your basic machine. This is also a good choice if you plan in making shave ice often or even commercially for a few extra dollars.
Written by Heather Stever