Need to beat the heat? Stop by with us for some cool treats at Hawaiin Shaved Ice as we continue to ‘Explore Legacy Hall, One Bite at a Time”.
This Texas heat is something and ice of any kind sound nice right about now but sweet ice, bursting with fruit flavors sounds downright delicious! We had to wonder, though, why it was called “Hawaiin” shaved ice? Isn’t shaved ice just shaved ice – well it seems that we now know today as this summer sweet treat has a past as colorful as its fruit syrups.
The History of Shaved Ice
Shaved ice is a cool and refreshing Hawaiian treat that dates back to the sugar plantation days of old Hawaii. Thousands of Japanese immigrants flocked to Hawaii to work on the plantations and with them, they brought a frozen treat that is now known as shave ice. Outside of the islands, people add an ‘ed to the name which is the more common pronunciation in the other 48 states.
The frozen confection that they introduced to the Hawaiian Islands was not a new concept. In Japan shaved ice is called Kakigori and it dates back to the Heian period running from 794 to 1185 A.D. During that time the ice was brought down from the mountains in the winter and stored in a cave called ‘Himuro’ in Japanese and means ‘Ice room’. At that time ice was considered rare and shave ice was a luxury, a treat reserved for royalty only.
The modern form of shaved ice we know and love today is believed to have been invented in the port town of Yokohama, Japan in 1869. Due to its popularity, by the 1920’s shave ice was a common attraction in stores throughout Japan.
The attraction has been a staple of summers ever since.
Hawaiin Shave Ice at Legacy Hall
You can find Hawaiin Shaved Ice right outside the Box Garden entertainment area, a perfect place to enjoy the icey delight during one of the many outdoor events happening there.
You can get your shaved ice in gown up flavors too. That’s right: think bright, sweet flavors, mounds of fluffy white ice, and splash in your favorite spirit.
It’s Your Turn
Have you tried any of these wonderful concoctions yet? We’d love to hear from you if you have, please just drop us a line here. We’d also love to hear from you if you’re a vendor at Legacy Hall. You might just end up featured in a future post on our blog.
Getting around Legacy West can be tricky so here’s our Live Legacy West Map to help you on your way. Hey, if you happen to bump into us there as you navigate your way, please stop and say ‘hi’ and keep watching as we continue to explore Legacy Hall, one bite at a time.