Gone are the days of snow-cones’ past when we had to settle for about six colorful flavors over choppy ice at the afternoon Little League game. We happily danced around with our blue or red tongues and thought there could never be anything better. We were wrong. Snow cones have come a long way, baby. In the 21st century you can find flavors such as mokaccino, strawberry-kiwi, leche quemada, dill pickle and cola, among others. And the experience doesn’t end there:
You can TOP your icy confection with cream (yes, please) or caramel or fruit chunks. It is a whole new experience.
Below, please find a list of some of our favorite locations. Prepare to have your mind blown.
Jim-Jim’s Italian Water-Ice, 615 E. 6th St., Austin 78701, (512) 708-8285
Sno-Beach (two locations):
3402 Guadalupe Street and 801 Barton Springs Road
Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs, 808 E. 51st Street
Snow Monster, 11220 N. Lamar Blvd., (512) 551-3238
South Austin Sno, 5300 Manchaca Road, 2010 S. Lamar Blvd.
Rockaway Beach ATX, 1620 E. Riverside Drive, (512) 550-4671
Bahama Freeze, 8213 Brodie Lane
Sweet Caroline’s Snow Shack,13497 Hwy 183, (512) 234-7669
512 Sno, 1309 W. 45th Street, (512) 998-1488
Austin Frigid Frog, 2323 S. Lamar Blvd., (512) 229-6939
Mangia Snow Cones, 8012 Mesa,
Rita’s Italian Ice, 6001 W. Parmer Lane, (512) 996-8436
SnoLabs, 603 W. Live Oak Street (512) 900-9124
Top G’s Sno Cones & Roasted Corn, 2418 Stratford Drive, (512) 496-6009
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About the author: Ashley Clary-Carpenter left her Texas-hopping journalism job and joined the good fight of educating Austin middle schoolers so she could be closer to her awesome baby girl. She enjoys hiking, live music and spending time on the water with her water baby and rockstar husband.