Kakigori - the Japanese summer treat

Shaved Ice Kakigori

Kakigori is a Japanese shaved ice dessert, typically flavored with syrup and condensed milk. It's most popular during the hot summer months and sold all over the Japan, from convenience stores to food stalls to restaurants.  Lots of Japanese families even make it at home since it's so simple to make, yet so delicious.  

Popular flavors for the syrup include strawberry, green tea, melon, lemon, cherry, and blue (yes blue is flavor).  You can also put additional toppings on the ice from fresh fruits, to sweet red beans, to ice cream and mochi.  Kakigori is to Japan as Froyo is to the states.

Just be careful of brain freeze!

Shigeki Abe
Shigeki Abe


Founder of Snakku; Born in Tokyo and raised in New York, Shigeki has always traveled and explored the world through food.

1 Response

Alex H.
Alex H.

October 03, 2014

Kakigori is way better than froyo especially with that red bean. That picture looks awfully familiar. Reminds me of my trip to Japan.

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