In Dallas, shaved ice and snow cones are an essential way of surviving the scorching Texas summers. Later this year, a new shop called Snowbaby will bring an entirely new way to cool off: Taiwanese-style shave ice.
Snowbaby, a shaved ice shop that focuses on a healthier version of the sweet treat, is set to make its Dallas debut shortly after summer is over. Owner Chrissy Kuo tells Eater that the idea for Snowbaby came after seeing the vaguely terrifying list of artificial sugars, colors, and other ingredients that make up sugary snow cone syrups.
For those unfamiliar with shaved ice, Snowbaby will serve super-thin sheets of ice shaved by a machine, then doused in ingredients like milk, cream, strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate. Kuo describes the dessert’s texture as similar to “ice cream and a snow cone having a baby,” and each bowl is topped with fresh fruit sourced from the Dallas Farmers Market, locally-made granola, and other treats. There’s even a White Rock Coffee cold brew-flavored version, and a dairy-free coconut flavor.
At present, Kuo is in the process of signing a lease somewhere in Lakewood. The shop is expected to officially kick open the doors by October 2017, but in the meantime, Snowbaby will host a series of pop-ups, like a June 24 event at The Lot.