Granizado (Costa Rican Snowcone)

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"In spanish, granizo means hail (like the kind that falls from the sky). So a granizado is basically shaved ice with some really lovely goodies added to it! This recipe shows amounts because, well, amounts are required to post a recipe! But this is a "do your own thing" kind of a recipe - whatever floats your boat! I know the powdered milk may raise an eyebrow or two, but believe me, once you try it you'll be obsessing for more!"

Original is 1 serving
  • Amounts are just for show - use each ingredient to your taste.


  • Serving Size: 1 (219.3 g)
  • Calories 330.3
  • Total Fat - 7.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 23.1 mg
  • Sodium - 200 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 59.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.1 g
  • Sugars - 47.8 g
  • Protein - 6.3 g
  • Calcium - 179.3 mg
  • Iron - 1.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

This is a do-your own thing kind of recipe. I've seen many variations of layers: 1) shaved ice, syrup, powdered milk, shaved ice, syrup, ice cream, syrup, condensed milk; or 2) ice cream, powdered milk, syrup, shaved ice, powdered milk, syrup, condensed milk; or 3) no ice cream at all, just layers of shaved ice, powdered milk syrup and condensed milk; or 4) a layer of diced fruit (pineapple, apple, grape, mango) in any of the other combos.

Step 1

Place a scoop of ice cream or shaved ice in the bottom of a plastic cup or parfait glass. Add the next layer - your choice - and then the next. Usually a bit of syrup is introduced to each layer, as well as a good tablespoon or two of powdered milk. The top layer can be ice cream or shaved ice.

Step 2

The final layer should be condensed milk. Pop the Pirouette into the glass, and serve with a straw and a spoon. Maybe a cherry on top, or a marshmallow. Imagine yourself in a tropical paradise, surrounded by mountainous rainforest and hearing the waves lap at your feet...

I personally LOVE the powdered milk, and probably use at least 1/4 cup total among several layers. It is soooo good!!! Sometimes, when I'm feeling lazy, I'll just have a small scoop of ice cream in a bowl, top with powdered milk, then top with condensed milk and a cherry. Yum!


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