Name of Truck: Friohana Shave Ice
Owner: Victor Fernandez & Richard Fernandez
Type Of Cuisine: Hawaiian Style Snow Cones
Places You May Spot the Truck: The University of Houston campus, Houston Food Truck Park, and Fitzgerald’s (check website for weekly schedule)
Notable Eats: The shaved ice of course! The flavors range from your typical Strawberry and Watermelon, to the not-your-average Lychee, Cotton Candy, Blue Coconut, and Dreamsicle.
Fun Fact: Friohana was previously named Texas Blizzard but Dairy Queen wasn’t going for that. Even with a few legal snafoos, no one can take away their title of “2014 Best snowcones in Houston” by Culturemap (take that DQ!).
Here’s the Skinny: So what makes Friohana’s shave ice so freakin’ special? Well, for that answer, I have to take you back a few years to my first taste of the “nugget ice” better known as Sonic ice. It was there that I understood the importance of good…no…great ice. However, completely different from nugget ice, Friohana’s soft, fluffy, and melt in your mouth Hawaiian style “shave” ice is the stuff that dreams are made of. Paired with fresh fruit flavors that are the result of locally sourced ingredients, this food truck is a sure target for the summer months and beyond. You get the real deal when you visit Friohana.
Their syrups are made with pure cane sugar and pure filtered water. And even as you dive into your delectable frozen treat, you don’t feel bad afterwards because their snow cones are not overly sweet. You know that feeling of “I shouldn’t eaten that”?; not at Friohana. The available flavors rotate frequently which ensures they are offering options that are in line with the season. And unlike many snow cone wannabes, the juices encompass the entire block of ice so you don’t have to wait until the end to get to the good stuff. Their shave ice is handcrafted and available in three sizes: small, large, and Texas-sized. The small is perfect for the kiddos, I go for the large (it can easily be shared), and the Texas-sized is just like we like everything in the Lone Star State…big.