3. Milk Tea Snow at Sweet Tooth Shavery
6403 Stirling Rd., Davie. Call 954-908-5355 or visit sweettoothshavery.com.
Sweet Tooth Shavery was born when its founder missed the flavors of her Taiwanese homeland and decided to bring a taste of the country to South Florida. Shaved from milk-based, creamy snow blocks, this version of shaved ice is known for its fine and fluffy texture. As Sweet Tooth Shavery puts it, it “Feels like snow but tastes like ice cream.” Notable of this dessert is that it comes in different flavors — and while all have their merits, the Milk Tea Snow, made with milk pudding and condensed milk and topped with sweet boba, really hits a home run with a strong flavor in a soft texture. It’s like eating a cloud.
2. Kakigori Shaved Ice at Kuro in Seminole Hard Rock
1 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-585-5333 or visit seminolehardrockhollywood.com
Japan’s signature shaved ice, kakigori is similar to snow cream or shaved snow in that it has a pillow-like consistency. If you want to try it done right, don’t miss this dessert at Kuro, which, in kakigori’s true simple, zen-like style, consists of passion fruit, sweet red bean, and dulce de leche. The result? Sour, sweet, and bitter flavors combine for an explosively flavorful mouthful.
1. Patbingsu at Izziban Sushi & BBQ
7225 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill. Call 954-368-6767 or visit izziban.com.
Arguably Korea’s national dessert, patbingsu literally means “red beans with ice,” and is often topped with sweet toppings such as fruit syrup, condensed milk, and the like. True to tradition, Izziban Sushi & BBQ’s patbingsu consists of shaved ice, sweet red bean, assorted fruits, ice cream, and milk — pretty much all your favorite things. Basically a snow mountain in a bowl, this dish tastes as wild as it looks. If you’re unsure where to begin digging in, try mixing it all together. And be prepared: This dish is ample enough for two, making it the perfect date night dessert when you’re looking for something far more exciting than your average sundae.