Now that the weather is warming up, the best way for families to beat the heat is with some delicious snow cones and shaved ice. Adults and kids cannot resist these satisfying treats that come in hundreds of yummy flavors. Luckily, the Wichita region offers so many different options that you would not have to search far to find one of these heat-breakers, and some will even come to you!
As I visited the locations “researching” for this article, I really enjoyed trying new flavors and engaging with the owners of these local businesses. A couple of things that they all had in common were
1) they know how to brighten the day of their customers with their tasty treats ,and
2) these business owners are active members of the community and support important causes such as education, youth sports, and others.
21st and 127th, east of QT at 13011E 21st St East, Wichita, Kansas 67228
Located close to Andover, this food truck was the first snow cone I had ever tasted (I know, right?!). I loved the variety of options and the three flavors my family tried were delicious: Summer Breeze, Wedding Cake, and Rock and Roll. There are three different sizes and the portions are very generous with prices ranging between $3 and $5. The staff was very friendly and answered all our questions. You cannot go wrong at The ‘Berg!
Andover Square @ Central and Andover, Andover, Kansas 67002
This very popular snow cone location has been open since 1999. On any given day, you will find people of all ages lined up for their favorite cool treat! They have an extensive list of flavors ranging from Blue Raspberry, to Cappuccino and Strawberry Daiquiri.
If you do not want to leave without a delicious snow cone – as we did the first time we went there – make sure you have cash on you, as they do not take other payments.
3350 N Woodlawn St, Wichita, Kansas 67220
This adorable shaved ice hut located in Northeast Wichita serves some delicious flavors and even allows for drive thru orders – which is extremely convenient when you have little ones or are on a tight schedule but still need your snow cone fix. There is also a cute patio area if you rather enjoy your treat on the spot. You can even book their mobile unit for parties and events – they will come to you!
Don’t forget to get a punch card for future purchases!
6505 E. 37th St. N., Wichita, Kansas 67226
Located near Bel Aire, this Hawaiian-themed truck offers some of the most popular shaved ice in town thanks to their delicious flavor combinations and the owner’s fun personality! His shaved ice is “the closest thing to real Hawaiian Shaved Ice” – the ice isn’t crushed/ground, but rather, shaved from a block of ice. You can also catch The North Shore Shave Ice truck at special events around the area and more recently at Chicken and Pickle.
550 N Rock Road Suite 110-111, Wichita, Kansas 67206
Sweet Pop is a unique dessert shop that opened last fall. They offer a variety of desserts from ice cream, boba teas, smoothies, specialty coffees and shaved ice. For $6.75, you can get shaved ice with a range of special toppings such as fresh fruit, special sauces, nuts and Oreos. The portions are huge! You do not want to miss out on the beautiful décor and peaceful atmosphere, so we recommend you enjoy your chilled treats onsite.
103 N Main St, Goddard, KS 67052
The owners of Mrs. Cole’s Tropical Sno started their business to fill children’s summer with sweet memories, and they are indeed accomplishing their mission. Their quaint storefront, which also offers seating, attracts a crowd every summer. You can also find their stand at many community events. They serve three sizes ranging from $3.50 to $4.50 and the portions are very generous. Try out one of their 40+ flavors or make your own combination. Don’t forget your punch card!
2445 S. Seneca St in the Westway Marketplace parking lot
Known for their amazing flavors and great customer service, Mimi’s Eskimo Snow offers a large selection of flavors with prices ranging from $2 to $5 depending on sizes. Mimi’s Eskimo Snow’s specializes in offering all flavors as sugar free, even the popular Barbie and Spiderman.
Don’t forget your punch card and keep an eye out on their page to learn about double punch days!
In front of Rodriguez Fashion on the corner of Jackson N Ave & W 21st St, Wichita, KS 67203
If you are looking to try some shaved ice with a twist, check out La Morelense where you will be served a variety of delicious homemade desserts – ice cream, shaved ice, snacks etc – with unique Mexican flavors. Their raspados are very popular and they are usually made with blended ice and fresh fruit. The consistency is very similar to shaved ice. They also have a table with spices and sauces, if you like your desserts with a kick!
600 Tyler St, Wichita, KS 67209
For the past 17 years, this family business has spread joy to their customers through their tasty chilled treats shaved directly from ice blocks. The friendly staff and the selection of over 60 flavors will keep customers coming back for more. Prices start at $2.50. Give Summer Breeze or The Spiderman a try!
Bring your cash, if you do not want to leave empty-handed, as it is the only form of payment accepted.
Rockin Rico’s Sno Balls (Wichita and Derby)
Wichita location: 8003 E Kellogg Ave, Wichita, Kansas 67207
New Derby location: Derby Plaza Theater Parking Lot
Expect to wait in line at Rockin Rico’s Sno Balls as it is a popular choice around town for New Orleans Style Sno Ball. You will be spoiled by all the flavor options including the gourmet Banana Split and Chocolate Crème Delight. They offer different sizes and a long list of add-ins such as ice cream, candy in the middle, and a variety of sauces. Their prices range from $2 to $5, with all add-ins under $1.
Don’t forget to download the Rockin Rico’s mobile app to order ahead of time or to track the flavor combinations you have already tried. The app was just released for Android devices and will be out soon for Apple devices.
Ice Caps Shave Ice (East) and Ice Caps Shave Ice (West)
East location: Located in the parking lot of Towne East Mall off Rock Road
West location: 7200 W 13th St N, Wichita, Kansas 67212
Ice Caps Shave Ice prides itself on offering “the softest snow like ice” treat shaved right from a block. And, their reviews are filled with happy customers echoing the delightful experience of delicious flavors and enjoyable texture. One of their most popular combinations is to add ice cream at the bottom of the snow cone. Ice Caps also offers a wide range of add-ons such as nerds, gummy candies and marshmallows. They offer a variety of sizes ranging from $3 to $4.75.
Wichita: 3151 N. Rock Rd.
Newton: 815 N. Main St., Newton, Kansas 67114
I absolutely love the name of this family business and that alone would encourage me to drive to Newton and try their shave ice. This adorable and quirky little hut is run by siblings who clearly love to put a smile on their customers’ faces through delicious chilled treats and whimsical messages on their signs. They offer four sizes ranging from $2 to $5 and their list of flavors is extensive.
WICHITA SURROUNDING AREA
323 S Meridian, Valley Center, Kansas 67147
This business spreads cheer to its customers through their tasty snow cones and the help of Breezy the Penguin who is very active in the Valley Center community. Their snow cones come in five sizes ranging from $1.50 to $4, with toppings and candies costing $1 or less. Try out some of their specialty flavors like Red Hot and Shrek. Breezy’s Snow Shack also offers a variety of party packages for your events ranging from $25 to $150 with special deals for nonprofits.
MOBILE (They come to you!)
While officially located in Mulvane, this mobile truck will come to you! Check Facebook for their weekly schedule to see which zip codes or parts of town they will be visiting. For those of you who live outside of the city of Wichita, Kona Ice of Greater Wichita will also be happy to serve you. The Kona Ice Franchise is also proud to give back to the Wichita community, with part of their revenue going to schools and youth sports.
We invited them to our neighborhood and all the kids were so happy to take a break from swimming and riding their bikes to enjoy a cool treat. There are so many delicious flavors, but I particularly enjoyed the Lavender Lemonade from their Krafted menu. Pomegranade Acai and Watermelon Mint were also a hit. They offer different sizes and special packages with flower leis and color changing cups. Prices range between $3 and $7.
Augusta location: 615 State St, Augusta, KS 67010
Rose Hill Location: 340 E Silknitter St, Rose Hill, KS 67133
With two locations in Augusta and Rose Hill, this business also has a mobile truck that will come to your event or neighborhood gathering. Some of their special flavors are caramel green apple, root beer float, and margarita with sea salt. Their dole whips are also a must! Prices for snow cones start a $2 and dole whips go for $5.
Snoasis came to our neighborhood and spoiled us with some yummy icy treats. I enjoyed my very first pineapple dole whip and liked that it was not as sweet. Their prices were very affordable and they stayed longer than planned to keep serving all the families in our neighborhood.
With the days warming up and all these options for sweet cold treats, I bet you and your family will be getting your own shaved ice soon! As you can see, you have plenty of options to choose from!