Shoppers and residents of Flushing can enjoy cold and sweet relief during the last days of summer with the opening of a new frozen treat store.
Snowdays opened in Flushing on Friday at 37-20 Prince St. and sells shaved cream, a frozen dessert that mixes the fluffy texture of snow with the taste and creaminess of ice cream.
The store has another location in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, but the new Flushing spot has its own exclusive red bean flavor, which is not available anywhere else. Other flavors stocked at both locations include green tea matcha, New York cheesecake and a coconut-flavored vegan option.
Founder Tony Quach first tasted frozen shaved cream while living in Los Angeles. It was created as a new take on wildly popular shaved ices from Taiwan and Korea flavored with toppings and syrup.
Quach brought the dessert to the east coast soon after his first shaved cream by opening his first storefront at 241 E. 10th Street.
“It was the best thing I had ever tasted. There was nothing like it,” Quach said. “What was first a cool new place to take friends for dessert quickly turned into an obsession and craving.”
According to the Snowdays website, the company replenishes their inventory daily in small batches on the premises with fresh organic dairy from the Hudson Valley and seasonal ingredients such as hand-roasted black sesame seeds and real cream cheese.
Dewan Tarek, director of events and catering at Snowdays, said Flushing was a natural choice for a second location because of the strong Asian fan base which has grown around the dessert.
“Flushing is a thriving Asian neighborhood, so it felt like a natural transition,” Tarek said. “Shaved cream is inspired by Taiwan and Korea so it makes sense to bring it to the people.”