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Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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shave ice is the term used in Hawaii for thinly shaved ice doused in fluorescent, tropical-fruit-flavored syrups and served in a paper cone. The dropped “d” is typical of the Hawaii Creole English (commonly known as pidgin) that is widely spoken in the islands. Shave ice is one of a large family of shaved ice treats around the world that are enjoyed for the delicate consistency of their ice flakes, which hold the syrup in suspension. Snow cones or snow balls, more commonly sold in the mainland United States, are made of crushed ice.