3 New Local Frozen Treat Purveyors Will Help You Chill
Published: July 29, 2014
Sure, you’ll also find banana splits made using Blue Bell, real fruit and nuts, but one customer’s suggestion has landed on the menu board. The Ultimate Explosion, for lover’s of all things tart and sweet, combines scoops of the shop’s pineapple, strawberry, mango and limeade sorbets with green and red chamoy, Lucas chili powder and sour cherry candies on top in lieu of a Maraschino. While it sounds like a mess, the presentation is flawless.
“It has to look presentable every time–it’s kind of an art,” Rodriguez said of making his treats.
CHAMOY CITY LIMITS
Stop by Broadway’s Lions Field Park on weeknights and weekends and you’ll find Chamoy City Limits, the chalkboard black alter ego of the Institute of Chili. Chili queen Ana Fernandez decided to turn her beloved truck into a snow cone purveyor this summer, and her days have never been busier.
“I’m not used to having to prep that much the day before,” Fernandez said.
She first launched Chamoy City Limits in late March. Her hook? House-made syrups, singular flavors and gargantuan portions.
The chamoy-making process starts with a signature chile syrup that’s made using a variety of peppers including ancho, guajillo, jalapeño and serrano. They add a base of pickled apricots, plums and peaches, puree, strain and voila–homemade chamoy. The truck will go through two to four gallons of the stuff on busy evenings.
Fernandez and her crew are also dabbling in gourmet syrups including a “Fabuloso” blend with a hibiscus base that pays homage to the popular cleaning product, and tamarindo. Her pride and joy is the pink leche, which Fernandez remembers from growing up in Corpus Christi. The syrup’s recipe is a closely guarded secret, but she shares that it has a strawberry and cinnamon base.
Once again, presentation is key. Fernandez uses a high-capacity shaved ice machine to turn 300 pounds of ice into fluffy snow cones served in biodegradable, clear cone cups. There are already a few classics, including the picadillies with quartered pickle wedges, hints of Cherry Kool-Aid powder and the requisite chamoy, but the most ordered snow cone might be the Mangonada Supreme, which starts with mango sorbet, a layer of chamoy, and combines a “chango” (shaved ice with dill brine), several more layers of red and green chamoy, and chile salt. It’s not for the faint of heart.
Frank Collazo, co-owner of Chocollazo Food Truck, has branched out to create SnoDaddy, where he’s dishing out shaved ice and cold treats.
“It might sound funny, but I always wanted to open my own snow cone stand,” Collazo said. A relative newcomer, SnowDaddy’s held its grand opening in early July, but has already found fans at The Point Park & Eats off Boerne Stage Road and Random in Boerne.
While he’s making his own seasonal syrups, Collazo isn’t pigeonholing himself to one treat alone. The lineup includes mangonadas and whipped cream-crowned slushies. A visit to SnoDaddy could also mean picking up fresh fruit sodas on tap, like the refreshing strawberry basil, or indulging in the diet-damning monster ice cream sandwiches with homemade ice cream and fresh-baked cookies in combos ranging from classic to peanut butter and jelly (be sure to pick up a few extra napkins).
When it comes to cooling off this summer, escape the comfort of your air-conditioned home or car and reach for the velvety soft shaved ice at Frozen Friday’s, giant Franken-mangonadas with all sorts of homemade chamoys at Chamoy City Limits and big-as-your-face ice cream sandwiches from SnoDaddy. Braving the heat is worth it for these chill treats.
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