I wasn’t a big fan of shaved ice until I tried the Taiwanese version. Far different from American or Italian styles made with simple syrup, Taiwanese shaved ice consists of flavored shaved ice topped with chopped fruit, ice cream, lots of sweetened condensed milk, and any other goodies you can think of for toppings. The key ingredient is the sweetened condensed milk, which takes Taiwanese-style shaved ice to a whole new level in my opinion. It’s almost in a class of its own, rivaling ice cream or fro-yo for its mouthfeel. If you want to make a frozen dessert this summer and don’t have time to make ice cream, try my far-from-authentic (but really quick!) recipe for Taiwanese Shaved Ice at Small Kitchen College. No need for a special shaved ice machine – just whip out your blender!