Japanese kakigori snow cone slushie with pineapple and strawberry syrup and condensed milk, in dessert cups, served on a tray.

Kakigori Snow Cones

Kakigori snow cones are a shaved ice treat inspired by Japanese kakigori. It’s icy, refreshing, creamy and oozing with fruity syrup. It’s perfect for when the months start heating up and you want a dessert that doesn’t feel heavy.

Japanese kakigori is made from flakes of shaved ice and topped with mouth-watering syrup and sweetened condensed milk. Usually, the sweetened condensed milk makes kakigori not vegan, but you can buy delicious coconut condensed milk at the grocery store.

How To Make Kakigori Snow Cone Syrup

Store-bought syrups are typically loaded with dyes, preservatives and extra sugar. Cut all of that out by making homemade fruit syrup. My recipe for strawberry and pineapple syrup is all natural and made from just 3 ingredients: fruit, sugar and lemon juice.

Start by cutting the fruit into small pieces and then pureeing in a blender for a minute. Add the lemon juice and sugar and pulse until combined. Next, move the sauce over to a saucepan and cook on the stove to get a smooth consistency. Allow the syrups to cool before moving into a squeeze bottle or other containers.

How To Make Shaved Ice

A kakigori shaved ice machine is not something that’s available to most people, so I recommend using a regular shaved ice machine. The ice will be flaky, crunchy and cool and works well as the base for the snow cones. I’ve had the Dash Shaved Ice Maker for over 2 years and it works like a charm for all my snow cone and slushie needs.

How To Assemble Kakigori Snow Cones

To make sure every bite of a kakigori snow cone is delicious, layer the ice and syrup in an alternating pattern. When putting everything together, imagine a rounded dome shape that is flat at the top. This will make the snow cone easier to eat.

Start by shaving the amount of ice you want to use and set it to one side. Get your dessert bowl and squeeze some syrup (if using a squeeze bottle) or spoon some syrup on the bottom of the bowl. Pack a layer of shaved ice on top of the syrup. Liberally drizzle some more syrup onto the ice, making sure to saturate the shaved ice. Add one more layer of ice to the bowl, rounding it off the top. Generously pour more syrup onto the ice and then finish it off with two heaping tablespoons of coconut sweetened condensed milk.

Use squeeze bottles to get the most even distribution of syrup in the snow cone.

There you have it! Kakigori snow cones are a delicious, crunchy and fruity dessert that feels like the perfect complement to a warm day.

Leftover syrup can be stored for up to 5 days and drizzled on anything! It pairs great with pancakes, stirred into Chia Seed Pudding or added to oatmeal. If you make this recipe, don’t forget to leave a review below and tag @PlantBasedDogGuy on Instagram.

Two dessert cups of vegan japanese kakigori made with strawberry and pineapple syrup and drizzled with coconut condensed milk, photographed by a pool.
Yield: 6 Servings

Kakigori Snow Cones

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Refreshing and fruity, kakigori snow cones are layered with homemade pineapple and strawberry syrup and drizzled with vegan condensed milk.

Ingredients

Pineapple Fruit Syrup

  • 20 oz. / 1 Can Canned Pineapple Chunks
  • 1/8 Cup Confectioners Sugar or 1/4 Cup Granulated Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

Strawberry Fruit Syrup

  • 2 Cups Fresh Strawberries
  • 1/8 Cup Confectioners Sugar or 1/4 Cup Granulated Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

Other Ingredients

  • 7.4 oz. / 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk (I recommend Edward & Sons, Let's Do Organic)
  • 4 Cups Ice Cubes

Instructions

FOR THE PINEAPPLE SYRUP

  1. Open the canned pineapple and drain the liquid from the chunks.
  2. Cut the chunks into smaller pieces.
  3. Put the pineapple into a blender and purée for a minute.
  4. Squeeze the juice from a lemon and add 1/2 tablespoon into the blender.
  5. Add the sugar into the blender and pulse until smooth.
  6. Empty the syrup into a saucepan set to low heat.
  7. Stir to dissolve the sugar and cook for a few minutes, allowing the syrup to thicken.
  8. After the syrup becomes smooth, set aside and allow to cool before pouring into a squeeze bottle or mason jar and storing in the fridge.

FOR THE STRAWBERRY SAUCE

  1. Wash the strawberries and cut off the stems.
  2. Slice into small pieces.
  3. Put the strawberries into a blender and purée for a minute.
  4. Add 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice into the blender.
  5. Add the sugar into the blender and pulse until smooth.
  6. Empty the syrup into a saucepan set to low heat.
  7. Stir to dissolve the sugar and cook for a few minutes, allowing the syrup to thicken.
  8. After the syrup becomes smooth, set aside and allow to cool before pouring into a squeeze bottle or mason jar and storing in the fridge.

ASSEMBLING KAKIGORI SNOW CONES

  1. Place ice cubes in a shaved ice machine and shave according to the manufacturers instructions.
  2. Set the bowl of shaved ice aside.
  3. To assemble the snow cones, layer the ice and syrup for an even distribution of flavor.
  4. In a dessert bowl, squeeze (if using a bottle) or spoon some syrup in the bottom of the bowl. Layer shaved ice on top.
  5. Pack another layer of shaved ice on top of the syrup. Then liberally drizzle some more syrup onto the ice, making sure to saturate the shaved ice.
  6. Add one more layer of ice to the bowl, rounding it off the top. Generously pour more syrup onto the ice and then finish it off with two heaping tablespoons of coconut sweetened condensed milk.

Notes

  • Put the syrups in squeeze bottles for the best way to distribute the fruity sauces in the shaved iced.
  • Try experimenting with other fruit flavors like melon, lemon or orange.
  • The syrups can be stored in the fridge for 5 days and make delicious topping for other dishes like Chia Seed Pudding, pancakes, waffles and oatmeal.

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Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1/2 Cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 180Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 7gSodium 10mgCarbohydrates 26gSugar 26gProtein 2g

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