Nothing is better when you’re roasting in the sun than a flavored ball of snow, with sugary-sweet syrup poured over finely shaved and packed ice.
There are some serious snow cone stands in OKC. Cool your taste buds when the temperatures get to right below “blast furnace.”
By Devon Green
— Photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman
Shimmers Shaved Ice Sno-Cones
Four locations around the metro
Wesley McSwane has been building up and out since opening his first location at Northwest Expressway and N. Rockwell Avenue eight years ago. Since then, he has expanded to four locations, two of them open year-round, with 60 flavors to choose from plus 11 sugar-free options. The Edmond location, 1433 E. Danforth Road, is open all year and also sells smoothies with fresh fruit and ice cream or yogurt. As a bonus, a gummy bear sits atop all of Shimmers’ treats.
Huey’s Shave Ice
Mobile food truck
Lauren Wheat said she and her husband, Jamie, went to Hawaii to do their research. The couple wanted to bring the authentic flavor and technique of Hawaiian shave ice to OKC. Huey’s also offers the addition of ice cream in the bottom and sweet cream on top. You can spot it around town at local businesses like A Date With Iris, 4201 N. Western Ave., and Sun & Ski Sports, 10109 N. May Ave., or book Huey’s for your next private event through its website.
867 12th Ave. NE, Norman
From the parking lot of Homeland at 1724 W. Lindsey St. in Norman, Eskimo Sno has expanded to four locations in Norman and one in south Oklahoma City. At each, you will find the same quality of ice and more than 150 flavors. For a real treat, try the owner’s favorite, the Margarita Swirl, a strawberry and margarita snow cone topped with freshly squeezed lime juice. It also caters with a truck that will bring the fun and flavor to your next birthday party or event.
1526 W. Elm St., El Reno
This concept has been almost 20 years in the making in the mind of owner and creator Gale VanCampen. This year- round location offers premium shave ice in 72 flavors. On top of that, she also owns Hot Dog OKC, the hot dog cart you can find most days at the corner of 202 E. Sheridan Ave. She offers Hot Dog OKC’s full menu at SnoConeys. For us, it means delicious summer food all year round west of the metro. For VanCampen, it’s a dream come true.
NE corner of Second Street and Santa Fe Avenue, Edmond
This venerable Edmond institution recently changed hands from one family to another. The Koenigs took over the stand and moved it to its present location three years ago. Island Sno offers 130 flavors and is open 1-11 p.m. seven days a week through the summer; it closes for the year in September. Find out what Edmondites already know: Island Sno offers family friendliness and quality shave ice.
Summer Snow Entertainment
1325 N. Janeway Ave., Moore
Jeremy Norman and his family have been slinging snowballs in Moore for 16 years. A few years ago, they built one of the largest shave ice stands in Oklahoma in Moore. They named their largest size The F5. They wanted to present it in a unique way, so they serve it in a hollowed-out pineapple with vanilla ice cream in the middle. Summer Snow offers more than 150 different flavor combinations.
3333 W. Hefner Road
Andrew Ousley has taken over the stand from the Buck family, who operated it in the same location for years. He opened May 1, just in time for our first record-breaking hot days. Ousley offers 150 flavor options and more than 10 sugar-free flavors with the option to add candy, sour spray and sour straws. Of course you can get ice cream added to that. Check out social media for current hours. Starting in June, it will be open noon-10 p.m. seven days a week.