Every time I’m done with a Phoenix Palace Dim Sum event, I j-walk across the street and go have dessert at Glacier Snow. This place has boba, ice cream, and most importantly, shaved ice. Shaved ice… or snow is a recently cool phenomenon made by Asian people which involves a complicated machine that grinds down solid ice cream blocks. The result is a fluffy yet powdery flavored substance that dissolves in your mouth. Many stores then pile it on a plate and add really interesting addons like condensed milk, chocolate syrup, captain crunch, and mochi.
The boba’s fine but I am just going to talk about the shaved ice for now. Every time I go with my group, I’ve ordered from the top 9 “shaved ice” platters which are 9 really cool shaved ice dishes that they present to feed a group of 5…or 20. So far, I’ve had about 4 of the 9 shaved ice dishes. My favorite is personally, the vanilla but people have raved about the green tea one too.
Some shaved ice can have the texture of a mop but this little shop has the perfect texture for shaved ice. Soft yet dissolves in your mouth. The dish is “separated” by having the mountain high shaved snow in the middle and two to four little piles of what I call add-ons. The add-ons are complements of the dish to bring a certain texture to the dish. For example, I recently got the strawberry one and the add-ons they had nestled between the snow were captain crunch, strawberry, and mochi. Drizzled is the chocolate syrup or condensed milk in a zig zag pattern. You are supposed to take two spoons and toss it like a salad but we never really do that.
What you taste is light, but it is dessert. It’s extremely refreshing for an ice cream dish and a great party trick for any group involved.
They also have halo halo!
Glacier Snow’s interior is bright, popping, refreshing and fun. It pretty much reminds me of an old frozen yogurt shop I went to as a kid. The colors are bright, with a surprisingly pleasant mixture or light green, pink, white and blue. The posters about what is shaved snow and boba are very simple yet informative and the LED TVs are a great stylized way of showing people what’s on the menu.
What’s really common in boba places are small little games that will entertain the crowd for hours. Apparently in my little group… it’s jenga. I get bored of it after the 3rd time but my friends keep on playing it every single time we go to some boba place.
The owner and his wife (I think) are extremely nice and give us some free stuff some times. Love the employees to death as we like to joke and laugh a lot. There are a great combination of people working there and it’s nice because they don’t need too much management. The time it gets the product to your table is decently slow in my opinion, but it fits the setting because you should be busy playing jenga.
Sometimes it can get out of hand…
The cost is average for a Boba place and they might charge a bit of a premium on the snow platters but it’s well worth it. Even so, the snow platters are under 10 bucks. Nothing much to argue about here. The quality of everything else far outweighs the cost.
They have a punch card but their punch card doesn’t work on the big snow plates. Because I brought a whole group, I get a lot of stamps.
Their boba selection is good. It’s not Quickly huge (100 items or so) but it’s like maybe 20-30. Though 9 shaved snow collections doesn’t seem like a lot, I even haven’t eaten all of them. 9 is plenty unless you go there every week and want more. Because you can customize the selection of your snow flavor, and about 20 toppings, you should never get bored adding or subtracting endless combinations of stuff to your personal sized snow bowl.
Glacier Snow is a very refreshing dessert place with the standard boba, but also the unique shaved snow. If you’ve never had shaved snow and live in the East Valley, you need to go here and try it.
I love this place because of its friendly staff, fun atmosphere, and an awesome product.