Strawberries Shaved Ice


Blogger Ana Frias grew up in the desert, in Sonora, Mexico. She has very strong memories of buying raspados—Mexican-style snow cones—after school from the curbside vendor, and slurping them until her brothers would finally pick her up. To make the shaved ice, just whirl ice cubes in a food processor, 2 cups at a time, until the ice no longer makes a racket and looks like snow, with no lumps.



  • 2 1/2 cups chopped fresh strawberries (about 1 lb.), divided
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup condensed milk (optional)
  • 6 cups shaved ice

How to Make It

Step 1

Put 2 cups strawberries in a medium saucepan with 1 cup water and the sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and strawberries are soft, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool until no longer steaming hot, about 10 minutes.

Step 2

Pour cooked strawberries and syrup into a blender or food processor and purée until smooth. Let cool completely (you can put it in the refrigerator to speed this up).

Step 3

For each raspado, fill a 12- to 14-oz. cup or glass halfway with shaved ice and pour in about 1/3 cup strawberry syrup. Fill cup with more shaved ice and pour in another 1/3 cup syrup. Top with 2 tbsp. chopped strawberries and pour on 1 tbsp. condensed milk if you like. Serve with a spoon and/or a fat straw.

Step 4

Make ahead: Syrup, chilled, up to 5 days. Shaved ice, frozen, up to 1 day (whirl again before serving to break up icy clumps).

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