Ohana Hawaiian Shaved Ice
Pronounced Ha-Lo Ha-Lo and could be mistaken with saying hello twice in a foreign accent, this typical Filipino dessert is known as Halo-Halo and translates to mix mix. Anthony Bourdain describes it as “oddly beautiful” and rightly so. Anyone who tries this delectable dessert will agree that it is most definitely oddly beautiful. This concoction of bright lavender hued ice cream known as Ube is topped with fruity boba bubbles, followed by sweetened condensed milk poured seductively between layers of shaved ice, all sitting atop a layer of Jackfruit, Coconut Gel, Mung Beans, Macapuno Strips.
Sound weird enough to try? You bet. Words don’t even begin to describe how all of these flavors somehow delightfully come together and Ohana Hawaiin Shaved Ice, located a few blocks from Atlantic Beach in Jacksonville, nails this strange yet satisfying dessert. Here’s a breakdown of the strange sounding ingredients in it:
- Ube [ooh-beh] – A brightly purple colored yam originating in the Asian tropics. The Ube ice cream atop the Halo-Halo is creamy, sweet with a distinctive and somewhat nutty taste that marries perfectly with the sweetened condensed milk and shaved ice.
- Boba Bubbles (bo-ba) – Strangely resembling large fish eggs, these little bubbles of joy definitely don’t taste like fish eggs. These little bubbles pop in your mouth creating an explosion of vibrantly sweet fruit flavors that dance all over your taste buds leaving you wanting more. It’s all about that pop.
- Jackfruit – A very versatile fruit and extremely high in nutrients, this tropical gem is different than most fruits with a unique yet subtle taste and a jellied candy-like texture
- Mung Beans – Often used in Asian desserts, it lends itself to a somewhat savory note in this dessert that compliments the Ubi’s sweet and savory flavor profile.
- Macapuno Strips – This is one that is even less common to see than the previous ingredients and is very popular in Filipino cuisine. Macapuno is actually a type of abnormal coconut known as an aberrant coconut. This means their genetics short-circuited along the way and the meat of the coconut deviated from its normal course of producing a white solid flesh and water to actually absorbing most of the water and creating a delightful white jelly-like flesh. It is usually formed into strips or balls after harvest and preserved in heavy syrup.
- Coconut Gel – Semitransparent milky white cubes of coconut contained in lychee juice with a somewhat firm a smooth texture.
Are you scared away yet? You shouldn’t be. Go on, get a little adventurous and you won’t regret it. Feeling more of a hot weather treat instead of ice cream? Ohana’s got you covered. Featured at Ohana are over 42 all-natural shaved ice flavored syrups, all made in house with no corn syrup and with a large selection of sugar-free flavors as well. Accompany these 42 flavors with toppings like fresh fruit, candies, marshmallow cream, coconut cream and three ice cream flavors to choose from. If you need to wash down your sweets with some tasty grub, Ohana also has snacks like sandwiches with a Hawaiian spin, hotdogs and hamburgers, plus salads and daily soup specials.
Check out Ohana Hawaiian Shaved Ice and support a great local business.
Tues: Shaved Ice Tuesday 12:00pm – 5:00pm (Ice & Smoothies Only)
Wed – Sat: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Sun: Noon – 6:00pm