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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Summertime has hit, which means it’s the season for your basic shaved ice/sno-kone treat.

In my neighborhood this weekend, I noticed something unusual among the little kids partaking in this slushy refreshment: About half of them would order theirs without any flavoring syrup. Just plain, straight shaved ice in a paper cone. This, despite the option of about a dozen sugary flavors from the sno-kone seller. I didn’t detect any pressure from the parents to skip the fruit-flavored additives, either — the kids were willingly going with unadorned ice-chips.

This is weird, isn’t it? It’s a good thing that youngsters who normally have extreme sweet-tooth tendencies would forgo the saccharine in this one instance. But why? Is this some kind of sugar-free snowcone trend? How refreshing can a little cone of melting ice-water be? You might as well go home and pull an icecube out of the freezer, and start sucking on that.

I guess the real winner here is the sno-kone vendor, who sees his usual 90 percent profit go even higher, since he saves on the syrup. Anywhere from a buck-fifty to two bucks for some ice shavings, plus the cost of the paper cone. Must be a goldmine.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 06/13/2010 04:55pm
Category: Food, New Yorkin'
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