The Taiwanese treat makes it way to Marina Del Rey.
Americans have always loved their Ice Cream. Italians have had a long tradition with their own version of shaved ice. But there is a Taiwanese version, along similar principles. It’s a fluffier, airier dessert. And, of course, instead of water, this stuff is made with milk.
Boy, I hope I’m getting these basic details right, because I really like the stuff, and don’t want to misrepresent.
You can go on Google right now, and see a bunch of articles wondering if an when Snow Ice is going to be the next big thing, the next thing to take over for FroYo, etc. Of course, a lot of those articles were from 2010. So maybe, we’re all just catching up now.
I first heard about Snow Flower Ice when the owners contacted me a couple of weeks back. That’s what happens when you run a food blog. People try to get you to try their stuff. And it’s not an unreasonable idea. I finally got a chance to go their way when I tried Paiche.
Now, remember. It’s not like Snow Flower Ice is breaking barriers when it comes to Snow Ice. It’s been available forever, but closer to the San Gabriel Valley, the good ol’ 626. Lord knows, I’ve seen people lining up for the stuff at virtually every 626 Night Market I’ve been too. Bringing it to Marina Del Rey just makes sense, because well…while the core Asian Audience is there as well, this is something that can easy grab ahold of everyone’s taste buds. So Snow Flower Ice, lead the way!
Snow Flower Ice is not a huge store, and frankly…it doesn’t have to be. There are a couple of seats inside, and maybe you can snag one or two from the Starbucks a couple of doors down. No one’s reinventing the wheel where. You slip it. You choose either one of their pre-fab creations or make it up as you go, take your stuff and eat.
It’s not terribly expensive. What you’d pay over at Pinkberry you’ll probably pay over here, if not a little less. It’s not as heavy as what you’d get over at Cold Stone or Pinkberry, so at least you won’t feel bogged down afterwards. Like I said, it’s a different texture. That may take some getting used to..but one bite was enough for me. It’s also not as sweet as other desserts. In my mind that’s a feature, not a bug.
WHAT SHOULD YOU GET?: Well, since the only thing they’re really selling is Snow Ice…
First thing you’ve got to choose is what kind of Ice you want, you can either do Snow Flower Ice (creamy), or Snowflake Ice (icey).
After that, you can choose a dessert topping, like: Ghirardelli Chocolate, Ghirardelli Carmel, Condensed Milk, Mango, Strawberry, or Pomegranate.
And finally, like Pinkberry, you can choose an actual topping of actual stuff like: Mango Popping Pearls, Strawberry Popping Pearls, Pineapple, Peach, Mango, Strawberry, Raspberry, Coffee Jelly, Rainbow Jelly, Sweet Red Beans, Marshmallows, Chocolate Sprinkles, Rainbow Sprinkles, Coconut Flakes, Almonds, Mochi, Honey Almond Granola, Oreo Cookie Bits, Honey Maid Graham Crackers, Gummy Bears and Chocolate M&M’s.
Or you can do what I did, and choose one of their fre-fab creations. I went with the Mocha Snow Flower, which is Mocha snow flower ice, coffee jelly, chocolate sprinkles, and condensed milk squeeze. Lemme tell you, those little coffee jellies were heaven on earth, and gave the whole thing a smooth, spicy (coffee) kick that I really liked.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: When I went to visit Marina Del Rey and Paiche, I knew that Snow Flower Ice was right across the street. It is absolutely walking distance. But because of how Snow Flower Ice’s complex faces Lincoln Blvd., there is a short stretch when you cross Del Rey Ave, that you’re a little exposed to traffic. It’s not totally dangerous or anything, but it’s a bit tricky. Problem is, it’s way too short a distance to drive from Paiche to Snow Flower Ice.
PARKING: The Strip Mall that houses Snow Flower Ice has a decent of amount of parking. I’d bet that at given time, the Lot will be 80% full with two or three spaces open on a rotating basis.
Short version: Depending on the time of day, you’ll have a window to get yourself a space. If all else fails, be patient, another one should open up.
Snow Flower Ice
4260 Lincoln Blvd.
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Tel: (424) 500-8396
Monday-Thursday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 9:30 pm