Have you ever had one of these?
Oh man, you’ve got to try one. It’s not just shave-ice, as we call it in Hawaii, but it’s shaved-ice kicked up a couple notches.
When my mom came in to town (hi mom!), I asked her the same question. She said no. She thought a halo was just that thing she sees above my head all the time (totally kidding). Getting a “halo” was automatically put on the things-to-do-while-I’m-in-Hawaii list for my mom.
On her last day here, we jumped in the car and headed here “Angel’s Ice Cream and Shave Ice Store”. It’s a favorite hangout here.
Here’s how this works. When you decide to have a shave-ice, you gotta be ready with your flavors. It’s an unwritten rule everywhere in Hawaii, that you can pick up to three flavors.
I tend to pick local flavors: coconut, li hing, and lilikoi. Li Hing is a powder that is sweet with a little bit of salty mixed in. My mouth is salivating right now thinking about it. Lilikoi is the Hawaiian word for passion fruit. If you want to taste Hawaii, those right there are your flavors my friend.
I should back up a bit. Before any ice is even put into the cup, ice-cream goes in first. I always pick vanilla.
Once the flavors are on, sweetened condensed milk is drizzled on.
And because that isn’t enough sweet goodness, this monstrously refreshing treat is crowned with whipped cream. And so it should be. The whipped cream on top of this is the kicker.
Wait a minute. Do you hear that?
It’s an angelic choir singing in the background.
While we may have kicked up the calorie count by a few thousand, by golly it was worth it. The cream and the sweetened condensed goodness on top is worth a ten mile run.
Really, this should be eaten by two people, but as you can see, my husband and I don’t agree with that serving size mumbo jumbo. We each order our own to keep the wedded bliss going between us.
If you ever are in Hawaii, on the North Shore, pay Angel’s Ice Cream a visit and ask for a Halo.
It will be the highlight of your trip.
Well. It should at least make the top ten.