Cold shaved ice. Summer in Japan.
What Makes Japanese Kakigori So Unique
By Elaina Friedman
Shave ice goes by many names around the world — for example, in the Philippines, it's called halo-halo, which translates to "mix mix" in Tagalog. In Japan, the shaved ice treat kakigori stands out from other shaved ice with its elaborate mix-ins.
Kakigori was first enjoyed by Japanese aristocrats nearly 1000 years ago and typically comes topped with sweet syrups, fruit, and condensed milk or cream. As the dessert has grown in popularity, so too have its toppings, and artificially flavored syrups have become common.
According to MasterClass, if you want to make kakigori at home, use mineral water that's been "tempered" at room temperature to get melt-in-your-mouth ice. Freeze the water for three hours in the mold of a kakigori machine, and you’ll be ready to add your toppings.