I’m a huge fan of snow ice, a Taiwanese shaved ice dessert made with cream/milk, water, and sugar – sounds like ice cream, but the different is that it’s frozen into a giant block, then shaved into thin ribbons by a special machine. I really like this dessert and was a bit sad that I didn’t get to have any in Taiwan – it was too cold there for icy treats, haha – and there aren’t too many places that make decent snow ice in San Diego. The version at Yogurt Swirl is probably the best here, and my all-time favorite so far can be found at Class 302. However, I read recently on Kirbie’s Cravings that a new snow ice place called Chilly Ribbons had opened up in the Westfield Mission Valley mall, so I planned a shopping trip with S, partly for shopping, but also partly to check out Chilly Ribbons.
After doing a bit of research, I discovered that Chilly Ribbons is actually a Florida-based franchise, inspired to make snow ice by the owner’s experience at a night market in Taiwan. He wanted to introduce snow ice to America – well, he’s a tad bit late since several places have already opened up, but hey, I’m not complaining that there are more snow ice places opening up.
The Chilly Ribbons stand can be found right in front of the Macy’s in Westfield Mission Valley (not the Macy’s furnishing store, which is on the opposite side of the mall – I first went there instead and was worried that the shop had already closed, haha).
You could see the snow ice makers… the unit in the back is shaving a block of green tea flavored snow.
S wasn’t interested in the snow ice, so I ordered a “kiddie”-sized one for myself: green tea snow (based on Kirbie’s recommendation) with condensed milk and popping boba. They have both mango and strawberry flavored popping boba, and I chose mango.The verdict? It was pretty good! I liked how flaky and fluffy the layers were, and the flavor was quite nice. I liked that the snow itself wasn’t super sweet, so with the condensed milk it was just the right amount of sweetness. S thought that the popping boba was weird with the green tea, so we ended up eating those separately from the snow, haha.
As you can see from the menu, you get free syrup and one free topping, so the prices aren’t too bad. I thought the kiddie size was just right for me, so the regular might be better if you’re planning to share.
Overall, I was pretty happy about this new dessert option at the Westfield, and I’m looking forward to trying some other flavors here! S and I recently discovered how awesome Nordstrom Rack is (sorry, off topic), so hopefully we’ll be back to shop more – and come back to Chilly Ribbons!
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1640 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108
Mission Valley Mall (in front of Macy’s)