From New Orleans's snoball to Hawaii's shave ice the raspados found in Los Angeles, our guide to America's regional snow cones.
We can thank ice crushing machines — powerful enough to reduce blocks of ice into coarse pebbles in a matter of seconds — for the classic snow cone's delightfully crunchy bite. In 1919 a Dallas resident named Samuel Bert introduced snow cones at the Texas State Fair, and a year later patented the first automated ice crusher, helping to solidify the treat's place in American dessert history. True to their name, classic snow cones typically come served in waxed paper cones, which catch the sweet syrups that drip through the ice as you eat.
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