Brain Freeze Please!
By Kelly Stocker
Though our weather has been quite mild lately, I'm totally on the edge of my seat. You know it's going to swamp us just as we're getting complacent. When the weather makes it feel like your brain is boiling, it's time for some Web-MD approved heat-stroke prevention* in the form of a snow cone. Cool down with my top five places to ensure full on brain freeze. It hurts so good.
Casey's New Orleans Sno Balls: Gen-you-wine N'awlins sno balls here folks. No corn syrup, only pure cane sugar flavors made the Casey way. Enjoy traditional fruit flavors, opt for their house-made cream or chocolate or give savory south Texas flavors (salimon, chamoy, chile) a whirl. Beware of lines. Cash only.
Snow Monster: This is a snow of a different color. Taiwanese shaved ice is like shaved ice cream. It's airy, it's sweet, it's fabulous. You can add fruit, syrup, boba or panna cotta to the side and free wifi and plugs means you could camp out in this arctic destination all damn day. Also offers vegan and non-dairy snows.
Sweet Caroline's Snow Shack: These guys like to experiment, Bill Nye-style. Go traditional if you're booooooooring or leave it in the hands of the experts and dive into an Orchid Creme Vanilla, King Cake, Hawaiian Wedding, Cactus Juice or the OG Sweet Caroline.
JT's Shaved Ice: Home of the brave... and the pickle lover. JT's menu boasts the dubious sounding pickadilly. That's right. Pickles in a snow cone. At first I was afraid -- then I was hooked! It's so great. I dare you to not love it. Also, you can add crazy toppings like gummy bears and kool aid powder.
Bahama Freeze Shaved Ice: With 100+ flavors, you'll find something for even the pickiest person. Dreamsicle, Polar Punch, White Russian, Banana Daquiri are some of the more exotic. Apparently they hire gorgeous gals and they're quite cheap. The snow cones, not the ladies. Heyooooo!
* I am not endorsing snow cones as a way to prevent heat stroke. I didn't web MD anything. It's a turn of phrase, people.