A slightly healthier alternative

July 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm Leave a comment

When in college at Pittsburg State University, we made at least weekly during the spring/summer/fall months to Tropical Sno to visit our friend Dave. And by our friend, I mean, Dave was the entire town’s friend. He was like the bartender who know’s everyone’s name, only instead of delicious alcoholic drinks Dave sold delectable frozen ice confections. It was a cheap treat and a cheap date night, walking over to Tropical Sno, and you were guaranteed to run into friends from school.

There were literally hundreds of flavor concoctions available, and everyone’s personal goal was to get a flavor named after them. My husband and I never made this dream come true, but we still enjoyed our cheap dates, chats with Dave, and the amazingly sweet, sour, cold, perfect summer treat. My favorite was called Coach T and was some mix of citrusy flavors. The key to the perfect snack there, though, was to pay the additional 50 cents to have your shaved ice swirled with real cream. It tasted just like homemade icecream and love. (For a few scant calories, ha)

It’s funny how foods and simple places can make you homesick for a town, or a period of life. Tropical Sno and Dave are one of those things. On a hot summer day, I miss the two minute walk from our apartments and the brief respite from studying with my eventual husband.

I was feeling nostalgic today and mixed up something that tasted delightfully reminiscent of our favorite summer treat. We happened to have some heavy, unwhipped whipping cream left over from making homemade whipped cream and strawberries for the 4th of July. This version is probably a bit healthier, so easy to make it doesn’t count as a recipe, and most importantly took me right back to college.

In blender, blend 1 cup of ice and 1 cup of Cranberry Raspberry juice cocktail. It will be slushier than tropical sno, but still plenty icy. Pour into large glass.

Pour two tablespoons of heavy whipping cream over top, mix. Devour.

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My name is Mallory Murray and I have a love of all things oldfashioned. I'm a modern day feminist who also adores Martha Stewart. Read on for my sewing, crochet, cooking, gardening, quilting and crafting projects. I am the chief officer of marketing and design at Northwest Missouri State University, so expect the occasional random post about marketing/universities/design. I dream of a hobby farm with baby doll sheep, a sheep dog, a small flock of chickens, and other animals to be announced. I'm also a Pitt State grad, football lover, HGTV addict and obsessed with the color aqua.

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