Kakigōri is a shaved ice dessert that’s sweetened with colorful syrups and condensed or evaporated milk. Kakigōri has been enjoyed in Japan since the Heian period (794 to 1184), when a hand crank machine was used to shave blocks of ice saved from colder months.
Today, kakigōri day is celebrated in Japan on July 25. Street vendors also sell kakigōri during festivals, but this treat can be found all over Japan in the summer, in coffee shops, convenience stores, and restaurants.
Made from a smooth, fluffy ice, kakigōri is typically eaten with a spoon and flavorful toppings. Popular flavors feature fruits like cherry, grape, lemon, and melon as well as green tea and mixes of different flavors.