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Could you make a shaved ice treat with snow?

Asked by Allie (17441points) March 9th, 2009

Here’s my line of thought: Shaved ice treats are ice with flavored syrup. Snow is cold water (or ice, kind of). Could you just add the flavored syrup and have, technically, the same thing? I wonder if it would still be delicious. I love shaved ice treats.

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gailcalled's avatar

A traditional treat is maple syrup poured on clean snow. It is edible and not bad.

Here’s how it’s done in Vermont.

Ownage's avatar

Ya, you can do a lot of things. You can drink rain water. I wonder what kind of smog is in that snow? Hmm… Hey as long as it’s a tasty shaved ice treat I say go for it

Lothloriengaladriel's avatar

That sounds about right… lol

casheroo's avatar

You could, but I guess it depends on how clean you think your snow is…

Allie's avatar

@casheroo We don’t get snow here. =[ I was just curious.

DrBill's avatar

It depends on the pollution levels in your area. Rain and snow clean the air as it falls, and will contain the pollutants it collects on the way down.

Ever notice how fresh and clean the air seems after a rain or snow?

I also would not use the yellow snow.

Jeruba's avatar

Ahhh—maple syrup on snow, one of the great treats of my childhood.

You do have to get out there and get a tub of it pretty quick, though.

SeventhSense's avatar

Well like Zappa said
“Watch out where the huskies go, and don’t you eat that yellow snow..

gailcalled's avatar

People leave clean containers on surfaces high off the ground, thus collecting newly fallen and very untainted snow. The traditional accompaniments are dill pickles and doughnuts.

KrystaElyse's avatar

That actually sounds really good.

Allie's avatar

I disagree, Krysta. Snow, maple syrup, and pickles? Pass. Thanks though.

dynamicduo's avatar

Maple syrup on snow is a traditional snack here in Canada when you visit any tree tapping farms. Other than that, I’m not aware of other treats used with snow, as it’s surprisingly hard to find pure pristine edible snow unless you go out of your way and create a snow capturing structure or set out containers.

KrystaElyse's avatar

@Allie – I was talking about the shaved ice (or snow) and flavored syrup. I agree though, the combination of maple syrup and pickles seems a bit gross to me! :P

mangeons's avatar

Poor Allie! No snow? :(

arnbev959's avatar

The last time it snowed here I mixed cream soda and snow. It was good.

SeventhSense's avatar

I have snow- 19.99 plus shipping..anywhere in the lower time

gailcalled's avatar

The last time it snowed here was at noon today while I was driving, again, to my mother’s rehab. The plows were out and the hotshot pick-up trucks were slipping and sliding on the hills. Visibilty was about 20 feet. Unfortunately I had no maple syrup in the car.

(And the pickles and doughnuts are optional.)

gailcalled's avatar

SUGAR ON SNOW RECIPE (from my link ^^)

Vermont Fancy, Grade-A Light Amber Maple Syrup
Pure white snow
Sour Pickles

Boil syrup to 255 degrees Fahrenheit.
Scoop snow into large bowl or pan.

Drizzle hot maple syrup lightly over snow.

Use forks to eat the sticky top layer.

Follow with a bite of sour pickle or your favorite donut.

wundayatta's avatar

If you’d ever made maple sugar, you’d know why dill pickles are necessary. Maple sugar is incredibly sweet, and you can’t take too much of it. If you cool your sweet down with sour, you can get back to the sweet.

Oddly, while I’ve made maple syrup and maple sugar, I’ve never had sugar on snow.

As an aside, one way I have of telling whether a person is truly cool or not, is whether they know about maple syrup and what to do with it. Gail, you are cool people!

gailcalled's avatar

(I knew that). A dribble of maple syrup on steel cut oatmeal is wonderful in the winter, which lasts about 9 months here.

ubersiren's avatar

Make snow cream! You can google a recipe, but I think it’s just sugar, vanilla and heavy cream. Everyone in my hometown always talked about it, but I never made it. Let us know how your goodies turn out!

KrystaElyse's avatar

@daloon – I’ve had maple syrup many times but never had the urge to eat something sour after, especially pickles!

adreamofautumn's avatar

@gailcalled answered just as I was going to when I came into this conversation. Up here in New England maple snow is a pastime, everyone I know that grew up in this region has or does eat it!

wundayatta's avatar

@KrystaElyse—not maple syrup, which you don’t eat straight, usually. I’m talking about maple sugar. That’s concentrated sweetness like you wouldn’t believe. When you make it, there’s a lot of it, and you eat too much, and that’s when you need the pickle to cut the sweetness.

I thought this sounded horrible, too, before I made my first batch of maple sugar. Then it became obvious why a dill pickle is needed.

KrystaElyse's avatar

@daloon – Ohhh, I thought I read maple syrup. Hmm, seems interesting though…

AstroChuck's avatar

Just for the record it’s shave ice, not shaved ice.

Jeruba's avatar

I introduced my California-born husband to real maple syrup. He’d been brought up on pancake syrup and never realized there was anything more to know. Now he doesn’t settle for anything but the real thing. Mmm, nothing but grade A light amber for me.

But it used to take me an entire evening of tiny nibbles to eat a piece of maple sugar the size of a Hershey’s kiss. I can’t do it at all now.

AstroChuck's avatar

Get ready to GASP.
I’m one of those Californians who prefers the artificial maple syrup to the real thing.

Allie's avatar

@AstroChuck Same here. Give me the fake stuff or give me sorghum.

wundayatta's avatar

@AstroChuck It’s worse than you can possibly imagine. You had been my hero, but no longer. That is sacrilege, my friend. Pure sacrilege. It’s a bummer, too, because you had been such a good hero, and now I have to go find another one.

AstroChuck's avatar

Oh, well. It’s not the first time I’ve let people down.

wundayatta's avatar

Je suis désolé.

gailcalled's avatar

Et moi, je suis enragée. Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité et Purité

asmonet's avatar

I still lurve you, Chuckie.

asmonet's avatar

Oh and for the record, every year I buy a bunch of juice, keep it in the freezer and the fridge, alternating. When it snows, I scoop it into a bowl, pack it hard. Pour juice and go to town.

You have to pour juice, pack snow, pour juice, pack snow, etc…until the desired consistency is reached. Otherwise it’s like slush on top of freezing cold juice. :’(

Still good, tho.

Allie's avatar

Homemade orange/pineapple juice popsicles. Tasty.

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