Chelsea Madren aka OC Food Diva: Johnsonville's The Sausage Dome Champion, World Food Championships E.A.T. Certified Food Judge, KCBS Certified BBQ Judge, Brand Ambassador, Culinary Researcher, Food & Travel Critic, Food Competitor, and Recipe Developer
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Snow Heaven is snowing yummy desserts and drinks in Lake Forest, California
Fred Chen saw the Taiwanese snow-like shaved ice dessert (bào bīng) craze
sweeping through Los Angeles and realized that Orange County did not have this.
He started Snow Station back in 2012 with soy-based ice cream and shaved snow
for those with a vegan or lactose-intolerance lifestyle. Later, he branched out
on his own along with partners John Bui and Bee Lee to open Snow Heaven in June
2016. Even as we now enter the winter season and after only being open for 6
months, Snow Heaven has developed a following of loyal South Orange County
The interior has a light, ethereal feel coupled with Hello Kitty. It is
very inviting and friendly. You order at the counter and can watch them “make
snow” right in front of you. The machines are just like the ones you would use
to make shaved ice. The difference is that Snow Heaven mixes the flavors right
into the ice.
Let’s take a look at some of their snowy sweet menu items:
Tropical Paradise Snow ($8.25) is made with passion fruit and coconut
ices topped with lychee, kiwi, jackfruit, and drizzled with honey. The dessert
is so light; just like snow. The passion fruit ice has a strong passion fruit
flavor and tropical feel. The coconut ice is creamy, but the coconut flavor is
a bit subtle compared to the passion fruit. The fruit toppings add texture and
freshness. Rating: 4.4/5
Crepe ($5.95) is filled with the ice cream and toppings of your choice.
I went with the Nutella ice cream topped with whipped cream, fresh berries, and
drizzled with chocolate sauce. This is a great dessert with a French flair. The
Nutella ice cream matches perfectly with the crepe. The ice cream is
Asian-style, almost like ice milk, so it is light but rich with Nutella flavor.
The berries add a refreshing texture and tangy flavor balancing perfectly with
the chocolatey flavor of the ice cream. Rating: 5/5
Slush Snow ($8.25) is strawberry lemonade topped with strawberry snow.
This tastes best if you mix the snow into the lemonade. The creamy flavor
balances the slightly sour flavor of the lemonade turning it into a strawberry
lemon cream smoothie. It is refreshingly light and tangy. Rating: 4.5/5
Snowball ($7.25) is Bubble Gum and Strawberry Cream Cheese Ice Creams
topped with Green Tea Snow, rainbow mochi, and raspberry sauce. The color
choices here are just crazy which will be right up the alley of young children
with green, blue, pink, purple, orange, and red. Looks like something Hello
Kitty would order for dessert to share with her friends. Even as an adult and
graphic designer, I love crazy flavors and colors. This brought me back to my
childhood as well. The green tea snow is light and has a subtle green tea
flavor. The bubble gum ice cream tastes like pure bubble gum, the flavor you
get when you have the first good chews of a bubble gumball. The strawberry
cream cheese ice cream tastes like a light strawberry cheesecake. But I think
the best part is the soft, pillow-like rainbow mochi. I’ve never had mochi this
soft before with such a soft chew. Rating: 5/5
Taiyaki Fish Waffle Ice Cream ($4.50, +$.35 for red bean inside the
cone) is a sweet waffle cone served warm with your choice of ice cream and
toppings. I chose Nutella ice cream topped with caramel. This is perfect for
winter as the cone is served warm. The ice cream texture works perfectly with
the waffle. It is also a great for the kids as it is in the shape of cute fish.
Even though we are heading into winter, we all still have cravings for
icy desserts. Snow Heaven is ready to make your next snowy creation!
Purchase a drink in a 32 oz. mason jar for $6.50
and bring it back for $3.65 refills.