Food & Drink

8 Perfect Snow Cones to Get You Through an Austin Summer

Published On 04/21/2015 Published On 04/21/2015
Taylor Prewitt/Thrillist
Taylor Prewitt/Thrillist
Snow Monster
Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs
Taylor Prewitt/Thrillist
Veronica Meewes  
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1. 512 SNO 1309 W 45th St, Austin, TX 78756

At the corner of 45th and Burnet, this humble snow cone stand waits to serve your every shaved ice whim. Need some cookie toppings to assist that Guava flavor? Done. Feeling Sour Patch Kids? You got it. Chocolate? Definitely. Pickles? But of course! If indecision is insurmountable, spring for a house special instead. There’s the Apple Pie à la Mode, the Dirty Blonde, the Hippy Hollow, and more.

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2. Snow Monster 11220 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

This out-of-the-way North Lamar spot offers monstrous bowls of shaved "snow ice" in honeydew, sour plum, taro, matcha, and lychee flavors. Add frozen fresh fruit, boba, jelly, aloe vera, or panna cotta; eat, and then repeat the cycle when you get to craving it next week.

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3. Jim-Jim's Water-Ice 615 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Dirty 6th)

For those brave enough to face Sixth Street by the light of day, Jim-Jim’s Water Ice is there to embrace you in its cold, icy arms. The Italian ice stand is an Austin institution with the usual offerings -- strawberry, piña colada, watermelon, etc -- as well as a gelatti innovation that combines ice cream with flavors like orange cream for dreamy sipping.

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4. SnoLabs 603 W Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704

This South First food truck creates vegan coconut SNĂ– using coconut milk, then shaves it down as if it were ice to create frozen flakes in green tea, blueberry, and strawberry flavors.

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5. Sno Springs 1900 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704

Sno Springs off Barton Springs offers alternatives to the typical snow cone fare. Check out the red velvet, Champagne, cherimoya, and tiramisu flavors, and be grateful you’re not the operator behind the old-fashioned, hand-cranked ice machine.

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