Living up to its name, Social Ice provided a cool hangout spot when it opened in March near Hanks High School. The sweetery is the perfect place to cool down and energize with some fresh flavors.
Not quite shaved ice and not quite a sorbet, one of the popular types of treats at Social Ice is what co-owner Adan Martinez calls natural Italian ice. Smoother than a snow cone and without any dairy, the chilly sweets are made with real tamarindo, cucumber, cantaloupe, mango, strawberry, pineapple, coconut, lime and watermelon.
One of their bestsellers is their mangonada, mango Italian ice layered with chamoy sauce and fresh mango chunks and topped with Lucas chile powder.
“We’ve even had customers who don’t like mango and will still order that,” Martinez said.
Their pimped-out version includes a tamarindo straw, a mango-chile lollipop and a pepino (cucumber) lollipop.
Shaved ice is also sold at Social Ice with more than 50 flavors that range from classics like tiger’s blood and grape to unique ones like coffee and wedding cake. Several flavors, such as cherry and coconut, are sugar free.
But you won’t only find cold treats at Social Ice; the shop also sells a variety of funnel cakes in 4 and 8 inches. Toppings include homemade brownie, fried ice cream, s’mores and a variety of fruit. Secret menu items have included tres leches and banana-brownie with fried oreos. When the temperatures drop, Social Ice plans to sell hot chocolate and coffee.
Look out for Social Ice at The Substation’s artists and farmers market and at the San Carlos building’s night market by following them on Facebook at @epsocialice.