Snowflake Shavery – Black Sesame Sensation

Snowflake Shavery – Black Sesame Sensation

My Second Shaved Ice Ice Cream in Las Vegas, NV

Snowflake Shavery - Black Sesame SensationFor those wondering about the first shave ice ice cream in Las Vegas, please refer to the beginning portion of the post for the Crunchy Cookie review a few weeks back.

Black Sesame Sensation

Don’t let the name fool you, black sesame is grey at best. That said, with all the weird flavors that are actually becoming mainstream in today’s ice cream landscape, it’s kind of amazing in that I seldom see this type of flavor around. It truly is something of a semi-uncommon sensuous sensation. This dish has three main components to it that make it said sensation:

  1. First would obviously have to be the black sesame. A nutty, unorthodox flavor to use, that makes for a delicious type of vegetarian protein.
  2. Secondly would be the condensed milk drizzled delicately over the dessert. It tones back the nut taste, and gives it a sweeter base that can be appreciated.
  3. The third would be the mochi pellets. Chewy, sweet, and provide an interesting texture change in between bites of this melting snowflake creation. You’re going to want to mix them around a little bit, so that in each bite, you’re sure to get a spoonful with both ice and mochi. The shave ice cream comes fist as it melts on your tongue, followed by the in depth chew on the pellet on your molars. It’s almost like a cold, fragile barrier is melted by the warm embrace of love, only to leave the fun and squishier core of sweetness.

Much like the crunchy cookie and other shave ice ice creams, this flavor is really pretty light and can be eaten what feels like indefinitely. There’s not a ton of calories, and the sustenance found in the cup is filled mostly with air. This part doesn’t necessarily make it a sensation, but it is still one of the key features working in this dessert’s favor.

Even with all the positives, there are still some turn-offs as well, that I would be remiss if I didn’t note.

Drawback(s) to the Black Sesame Sensation Creation

Even though it’s technically more than one, it’s more like one all encompassing drawback. It’s the topping balance. As I described before, the condensed milk is a B-E-A-UTIFUL touch to bring a softer creamy sweetness to the nutty fore taste. However the dressing/sauce is only found on the top layer. It doesn’t penetrate further down the cup, and even if you are to mix it up, it begins to clump and still doesn’t cover the entirety of the creation. So the beauty balance from before become a bit basic and bland. The sweetness is gone, and all that’s left is the snowflake nutty seed taste. Something similar can be said about the mochi pellets. Look at them, all mashed up together like a group of protesters getting pushed back by “The Man”. They want room to breath, to be free, to integrate in the rest of society. Sadly that’s left up to the eater to decide how integrated this really gets. Will there be an ample balance between snowflakes and the snowballs? Or will both stay segregated in an isolationist dessert creation?

Ok wow… that turned pretty damn dark, and fast. As you can see, the drawbacks are real, and even conjure thoughts of historical social oppression… of ingredients.

Black Sesame Sensation Conclusion

Despite the drawbacks, the creation is still really good. Great? Well, I wouldn’t go that far. It’s certainly interesting in that it’s an unusual flavor to see and try. If you happen to be getting tired of the same old traditional ice cream flavors that can be found in most ice cream parlors, I’d say give this a try. If you are perfectly content staying with what you like, then perhaps go for one of the more normal flavors like Choco Loco or Cookie Dream. Either way, even if you aren’t in love with the black sesame, you should still give Snowflake Shavery a chance.


If you want to experience this dessert at Snowflake Shavery, go to 5020 Spring Mountain Rd #3, Las Vegas, NV 89146.



Tell Me About Other Shave Ice Ice Cream Places!

I’ve only run into a handful of these places around the country (LA, Las Vegas, & NYC), and would like to try a few more of them before I make sweeping generalizations about the entire concept. Therefore, if you happen to know about any other places, please shoot me an email, or send me a message on my contact page. I hope to hear from your suggestion soon!


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