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SA's Getting Its First Asian Shaved Snow Shop 

click to enlarge A sampling of the Taiwanese shaved ice we're in store for at Snopioca. -  FACEBOOK/SNOPIOCA

We're THISCLOSE to rolled ice cream (which is so hot or should we say cold right now), but until then, San Antonians with a sweet tooth can get their fill of Taiwanese shaved snow when Snopioca opens next Saturday, September 3*.

The shop, opened by Texas transplant Steven Lee and business partner Jerry Han, will occupy more than 2,000-square-feet at 6423 Babcock Road. Asian shaved snow or ice uses dairy products and flavoring, which are frozen and then shaved into ribbon-like layers. The result is fluffy and soft, milky but not yet creamy and customizable.

Snopioca's starting lineup of flavors will include the basic cream, mango, strawberry, taro root, honeydew and matcha green tea. As customers come into the shop, they'll fill out a paper slip with choice of ice, fruits, toppings and syrups. A regular serving will cost $5.25 plus tax for one topping and one drizzle and a large will cost $7.25 for 2 toppings and one drizzle.

Lee hopes to turn Snopioca into a late-night snack shop where patrons can enjoy the shaved ice until 2 a.m. 

The grand opening for Snopioca is scheduled for Saturday, September 3 at noon. The first 25 customer through the door will win receive free dessert vouchers valid until the end of 2016. 

*The date for the grand opening has been pushed back due to permitting.

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