I just recently had Taiwanese style shaved ice at a work function and it was a show-stopper, truly. I had never had anything so light and refreshing.
I went for the green tea flavor and I was hooked. I just couldn't get over how soft on the tongue and how flavorful it was compared to a snow-cone. More specifically, I'd describe it as more consistent and evenly flavored.
It was like green tea and powder snow had a Brangelina of a child. It was absolutely transcendent. I did some research and found out that there are thousands of shaved ice recipes from around the world.
Apparently, shaved ice is the best kept secret that America has yet to catch on! In Italy, you'll know it as granitas, Puerto Ricans have piraguas, and halo-halo is a Filipino favorite. And of course, Hawaiian shaved ice is huge. Believe me. It's not just a kid-centric treat.
The flavor options and combinations range from creative and exotic to sophisticated and refined. Don't take my word for it. Here's a list of a few recipes that caught my eye: watermelon-lemonade, caramel coffee, green tea, and strawberry shortcake.
Take a Pinterest tour if you're more visually oriented. You will thank me later.