Like butter sculptures, frozen desserts are quick to melt, fun to create with family, and best stored in the human mouth. Enjoy icy symbiosis with today’s Groupon: for $225, you get a mobile ice-truck rental and 25 shaved-ice treats from Shave It, valid within Los Angeles and Ventura counties (up to a $450 value). Customers outside the service area will incur an additional $1 per extra mile.
Shave It melts down dessert seekers’ hardened shells and unleashes inner culinary chemists with a customizable menu of shaved, creamed, and caffeinated ice. The original Shave It, fluffier than its sno-cone kin and packing half the calories and twice the vocabulary of frozen yogurt, begins as a canvas of finely shaved ice, ready to be painted with punchy Hawaiian-made “flavas." Parked on any blacktop surface, the Shave It truck surprises private parties with a vast chamber of ice, syrups, and ice cream waiting to be sculpted into 25 ice treats for as long as patrons’ palates crave coolness, along with energetic staff and boisterous music. Party planners preselect six shaved-ice flavors and one flavor of ice cream to equip the mobile treat machine. After devouring the first 25 treats, hungry hootenanniers can munch on additional shaved-ice treats ($4 each) or Shave Its with ice cream ($5 each) while test-driving retirement fantasies of ice-cavern homesteading. Not content to simply place frozen treats in loving stomachs, Shave It donates a percentage of all of its proceeds to the Foster a Miracle Foundation and a portion of all of its surplus syrups to hungry honeybees.
It started as a simple idea shared by two moms. Karen Bain and Lisa Kudrika wanted to make their favorite dessert, shave ice, “hip and trendy,” according to 805 Living magazine. So when they opened Shave It—which recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Tarzana location—they made sure to express their sense of style with chic interior design inspired by water, ice, and snow. Inside the shop, blue plexiglass hangs like icicles over steel tables and chairs. Flat-screen TVs broadcast shots of surfers and snowboarders, and a colorful floor changes design with every step.
Each cup of fluffy shave ice comes drenched with fruity “flavas” flown in from Hawaii, such as mango, guava, or green tea, or a combination, such as root beer ice over vanilla ice cream. Beyond the storefront, Shave It also purveys the frozen concoctions on the go, thanks to a mobile truck that is often spotted at beaches and parks, unless its cloaking device is turned on. They also donate a percentage of their sales to their foster-child foundation, Foster a Miracle.