I posted about Iceskimo, a summer snow-shaved ice pop-up shop, just a couple of weeks ago, and S and I have already made several revisits because we really loved the snow ice there!
We visited with a couple of friends so that we can try more flavors… haha. Yes, I will steal your food if it looks good.My matcha-loving friend gravitated towards this one immediately, and I had a few bites. I liked the snow a lot! The green tea flavor was pretty strong, and the texture was nice and fluffy. As for the toppings, I thought the mini mochi was not bad, but I’m not a fan of red bean so I mostly stayed away from them. There was a good amount of condensed milk to sweeten the snow just the right amount. “Summer Love” refers to the harmony between strawberries and mangoes, both of which are in season in the summer! Another friend chose this one, and I loved the flavor of the original snow (milk flavored). Both of the fruits are quite fresh and sweet, and I liked this one a lot as well. It made me want to try their “seasonal special”, mango snow ice with fresh mangoes. S and I decided to try the “Bubble Tea” because, well, he loves milk tea, and I have never seen this flavor before elsewhere. If you look at the menu, grass jelly is actually not in the description, but the friendly dude at the counter said that he adds it because people tend to like the topping with this flavor. I thought that was a really nice gesture!
When it arrived, we were all surprised at the texture – instead of the thin flaky layers of snow, this didn’t have layers at all.
The texture started out light and fluffy but quickly turned very icy. The snow itself also wasn’t sweet enough at all – S and I asked for extra condensed milk, which helped with the taste, but I still didn’t like the iciness.
I was disappointed with this snow because of the texture. I think it’s because there’s not enough milk or cream in the base, so it doesn’t layer as nicely and turns out icy. Flavor-wise, the oolong was quite strong, and if it’s just a bit sweeter, I think it’d be spot-on. Hmm… maybe they should try re-making the base with more condensed milk? That could solve the creaminess AND sweetness problems at once, haha. Just my little theory, though. Also, S still ended up liking the bubble tea snow – I guess he can’t say no to anything milk tea – and our friend ended up ordering that for her next visit.
Overall, we still really enjoy the snow-shaved ice here – it’s still my favorite in San Diego – and I’m sure that we will be back some more this summer. I also saw recently on Iceskimo’s Facebook page that they’ve acquired their own store location, so hopefully there will be snow ice all-year round!
Read about my first Iceskimo visit and find the link loves here.
4689 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111
Hours: Fri-Sun 12PM-11PM