Shaved ice desserts have long been popular summertime street food treats across Asia and South America.

Kakigōri, Japan’s iteration, garnished with a variety of syrups and condensed milk, has recently been elevated, however, finding itself on menus at top-tier patisseries and restaurants across the globe. Chefs have been giving the dessert a makeover to accommodate Western tastes, while also looking to extend its appeal beyond summer.

New York purveyors are currently imagining a range of festive varieties for winter. Lower East Side patisserie The Little One is serving a white winter kakigōri, with coconut pudding and white chocolate snow, while Bonsai Kakigōri, in Canal Street Market, is offering spiced apple caramel kakigōri. It looks like it might be a white Christmas. §

As originally featured in the December 2018 issue of Wallpaper* (W*235)