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ISO Boston Shave Ice

David Kahn | Jul 26, 2011 10:30 AM

Last summer, I spent a week in a little town in the middle of Kansas (Emporia). It gets hot and sticky there in summer, and in the middle of town there was a little shave ice stand. (I always think it should be called "shaved" ice, but am told that the dropped "d" is deliberate.) They shave the ice off of a big circular block, powder fine, pack it firmly into a cup, and douse it with whatever combination of flavored syrups one requests. They had 50 or 80 flavors, so the combinations really were almost infinite. I usually end up leaning toward tropical flavors -- mango, guava, pineapple, and coconut -- but sometimes cherry/lime is just the thing.

So, my question is, is there anyplace in Boston or surrounding areas that sells real shave ice -- freshly shaved ice, powder fine, with lots of flavored syrups to chose from? (While I love Korean shaved ice with the red bean paste, fruit cocktail, and Fruity Pebbles and all, and even the rough crushed Mexican raspados and snowcones, those are all really different animals.) Any suggestions?

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