When it comes to a perfectly crafted shave ice treat, the cool, freshly shaved ice is really just the supporting role. As essential as the ice is, the main attraction, the star, is the toppings. Everyone has their favorite shave ice toppings, but some are more popular than others. Some love marshmallow, others love custard, and some prefer the sweetness of gummies and hard candies. Sour spray and sweet cream are other crowd pleasers.Let’s take a look at some of the most popular shave ice toppings that we regularly sling from our window.

Sweet Cream

Sweet cream is really just milk in condensed form. It is made by whole milk that has been mixed with cane sugar and most of the water has been evaporated. This is a common topping that our customers ask for so we always have it in stock. When you add sweet cream to a sweet flavor like vanilla or banana, it turns your shave ice into a creamy dessert similar to that of homemade ice cream.

Sour Spray

Have a hankering for something sour? Try adding some sour spray to your shave ice. This stuff really packs a punch so it’s not for the faint hearted, but it’s an excellent way to enhance your shave ice experience, turning your favorite flavor into a tongue-tied cool treat. Want even more sourness? Add our sour spray to an already sour flavor like sour grape or sour apple.

Fresh Fruit

Who says shave ice toppings have to be made of pure sugar? Adding some fresh fruit like pineapple or strawberries on top of your shave ice is an all-natural way to sweeten up your favorite iced dessert. It’s refreshing without too much sugar.Trivia tip – fresh pineapple is the traditional topping of an authentic Hawaiian shave ice. Japanese immigrants who worked in Hawaii’s pineapple fields would cool off from a hot day’s work by carving fresh shavings from a block of ice and placing fresh cut pineapple on top. The natural syrup of pineapple mixed with ice shavings makes for a refreshing way to cool off your taste buds.


Marshmallow is a common topping that is found in the shave ice traditions of Baltimore and New Orleans. The gooiness of the marshmallow turns your ice into a giant iced marshmallow. Add a drizzle of chocolate syrup to the mix and you’ve got  a s’mores shave ice.

Assorted Candy

Of course, there is the good ole fashioned candy route you can take for your shave ice toppings. From assorted gummies like bears, warms, and sweedish fish, to hard candy like Runts, Nerds, and even Heath Bars and chocolate M&Ms. When you need a sugar-packed pick me up, over your shave ice with an assortment of your favorite candies.

Come Try Different Toppings

Come try out different toppings, from your usuals to something new. We carry a large selection of toppings from fresh fruit and juices to sour spray and sweet cream. Follow us on Facebook to see when we’ll be slinging shave ice in your neighborhood.

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