One of my absolute favorite places in New Orleans was the old school (and regular type of old) shaved ice shoppe Hansen's Sno-Bliz. Born in 1939, Hansen's sells amazing snow cone treats that somehow have fluffy ice and sophisticated, absolutely delicious syrup flavors. I had many wonderful flavors there, but missed out on the cream flavors (because cream). So we are recreating them here with our trusty beloved Vitamix! (NB: You can participate with any method of creating shaved ice.)
PART 1: ROOT BEER SYRUP
PART 2: ALMOND SYRUP
The most interesting part of Hansen's Sno-Bliz was that they first put the shaved ice in a cup, then poured in your syrups, and then put the whole thing in a machine that added more fluffed ice on top. After that, they'd put more syrup on top of the new ice! It was a multi-part process, so this is too. (Although I guess it doesn't have to be, but you know what they say about easy things not being worth doing or something like that.)
PART 3: SHAVING THE ICE
- 2/3 C plain almond milk
- 3 C cubed ice
- Crush in your high-powered blender until completely slushified.
PART 4: SYRUPING AND RESHAVING
And then of course mix the two flavors together if you want for a delicious combination! Enjoy !