Shaved Ice Flavors

Written by Serena Berger
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Many years ago, you could have a Model T Ford in any color you wanted--as long as it was black. Gum came in two flavors--mint and pink. For decades, you could get any flavor of ice treat you wanted, so long as it was orange, cherry, or grape. Of course, it wasn't long before a few enterprising individuals started offering more choices. The public responded by demanding even more options.

It's hard to run a successful business today, especially in something like dessert treats or shaved ice, if you don't offer more flavors than anyone else. Some of these flavors will be sophisticated and unexpected taste sensations which appeal to more discriminating palettes. Others may be pure novelties which almost no one will ever order, but can enable you to say that you offer x+1 options, which will set you apart in marketing when the guy down the street only offers x.

Flavors to Consider Stocking

For the more conservative customer, you should certainly offer cherry, strawberry, grape, orange, and lemon. Still well within the bounds of normalcy and popularity are watermelon, raspberry (in red or blue), apple, and peach. For more sophisticated taste buds, guava, mango, banana, passion fruit, and papaya are all great options.

There's no denying that kids are among the most enthusiastic patrons of shaved ice and snow cone stands. Fun flavors like bubble gum, cotton candy, pink lemonade, or tutti frutti can be very popular with young people. You can also consider giving kids the option to mix and match flavors, either neatly down the center of their cup, or all mixed together to create something crazy and fun.

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