Wal-Mart is already carrying their ice shavers, even here in Colorado where we’re expecting snow tonight (heeeellloooooooo! I could just go outside and scoop the snow and add my own sweetener thankyewverymuch!)
Nonetheless, I bought this baby last year and I love it!
These are great, whether you have kids, or like snacking on shaved ice. I know I love it, whether there is flavoring or not. I’m a sucker for great texture.
The machine is VERY easy to use. The shaver comes with its own ice cup, but forget that action! If you have more than one kiddo in your house, there is NO way in heckola you’re going to be able to produce enough ice for everyone.
That said, at the left of the picture, you can see that I have a clear container with ice in it. that, my friends, is a Ziploc container (also from Wal-Mart). They come in packs of 4-6, so you can make more ice than even your kids can eat. I fill all of the containers with water and leave them in the freezer until needed. The plastic is fairly pliable, so the ice pops right out! Then I pop the ice, flat-side down, into the ice shaver and Bob’s your father’s brother.
What do you do with leftover ice? With the sliver left over, I tend to put it in the dog’s water dish. If, however, there is quite a bit left, I just pop it back into the freezer. You can also make ice and keep adding the ice to a ziploc bag and continue to make more as needed!
The flavor that is my absolute favorite is the blue raspberry from Wal-Mart (left in the picture) (sugar-free!). Target sells a greater variety of flavors in sugar-free for the ice shavers (top right), but they are watery and not very flavorful.
The Blue Raspberry brand flavor-syrups are sweetened with aspartame, so keep this in mind if you have a sensitivity to artificial sweeteners. The Target syrups are sweetened with Splenda.
You’ll find the ice shavers at Wal-Mart in their summer/seasonal area, along with the syrups. At Target, look in the small appliances section.
So, ready those coconut bras and your grass skirt, and let’s cheer for some weather that I don’t need mukluks for. Or are those just my hairy legs?
Remember: Shave Your Ice, if not Your Legs