[04/11/2015] Yesterday was the grand opening of Icepik Shavery! After seeing several Instagram posts and learning that the place is quite nearby, I convinced Mama Rae to take me there after dinner for a little nighttime treat. I’m still sniffling and coughing from a cold, but it was all worth it for the 30% off promotion. (;
The store is in the Collingwood neighbourhood, on the busy street of Kingsway with many competing restaurants around. In fact, it’s the neighbour of Bubble World!
It’s a relatively small shop, with only about 5 tables. However, most people seem to just order to-go so we were able to catch a seat.
What makes Icepik Shavery unique is that they sell Taiwanese shaved ice, known as “xue hua bing”, or “snow cream” as they call it. The product is much fluffier and lighter than regular shaved ice, and you can choose from a variety of different flavours and toppings such as fruits, pearls, mochi, jelly and candy. Pre-selected combinations are available as well. A full list of the options are posted on their website. (: As for sizing, there’s a regular and large.
You can help yourself to their sauces- chocolate, strawberry, caramel, and condensed milk!
Arriving at around 8;30pm, a couple of hours before closing, we were told right when we walked in that mango and green tea are sold out. Since I was too lazy to think, I went for a combo.. Penguin’s Pik (Combo #2) sounded cute!
We did get a regular (orig. $5.85) but even so, we found the portion to be on the smaller side. Anyways, the combo comes with sesame snow cream with house made rice balls, tapioca pearls, grass jelly, and Oreo crumbles. I drizzled on some condensed milk and strawberry sauce (just to add some colour :P). The snow cream was great quality! Fluffy and soft like it claims to be, it just melts in your mouth with every bite. The sesame flavour was prominent, and not artificial either. Unfortunately, I thought the rice balls were a little too large and therefore bland.. texture wise, they were pretty doughy and dense. Mama Rae and I both found this to be a satisfying dessert, that isn’t overly sweet. (Except the Oreos of course, haha.) But if you do have a bigger sweet tooth, you can always add more sauce. :3 (3.5/5)
By the way, you actually save a bit with the combos. I did the math for you. ;D
We were both really impressed with the snow cream, and I’ll definitely return to try some other flavours! I think it’s a great place to just grab some treats with friends.
1: Terrible | 2: Poor | 3: Average | 4: Good | 5: Excellent
Restaurant site: http://www.icepikshavery.com/
How do you like the new rating system? I thought it would be easier and more helpful to have a smaller scale from 1-5 with descriptors.. inspired by other food blogs that I’ve seen. c: