Lahaina's Shave Ice offers more than 20 flavors, including the pictured rainbow shaved ice.

While we strongly believe it's acceptable to eat frozen treats year-round in Tucson, icy snacks are even more tempting when summer hits.

From raspados and paletas to shaved ice delights, here are eight tasty frozen treats that aren't ice cream. (But don't worry, we have a list of places to get locally-made ice cream, too.)

Indulge in bingsoo, Korean shaved ice

Pictured is the Pot Bingsoo from Takamatsu, with the frozen berries pushed aside for a better viewing of the colorful mochi in the center!

Bingsoo is often described as Korean shaved ice, sometimes with toppings such as condensed milk, red beans, mochi and chunks of fruit.

Downtown eatery HeeMee Coffee + Bakery is one Tucson spot to find bingsoo, though only on Fridays and Saturdays. Their ice is soft and light — not comparable to the ice in a snow cone or a raspado. It melts on your tongue. They have five bingsoo flavors: matcha, strawberry, Oreo, mango and red bean. 

Over at sushi and Korean barbecue spot Takamatsu, bingsoo comes with crunchy ice, and is covered in colorful mochi, frozen berries, red beans and cereal powder. 

Location: HeeMee Coffee + Bakery, 20 E. Congress St.; Takamatsu, 5532 E. Speedway.

Hours: Bingsoo is served at HeeMee on Fridays and Saturdays only, but Heemee is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Takamatsu is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Price: $6.50 for small, $8.50 for large at HeeMee. $11.95 at Takamatsu.

Visit HeeMee's website and Takamatsu's website for more information.

Halo-halo, for the ube and shaved ice lovers

This halo-halo at Fiesta Filipina is shaved ice with ube-flavored condensed milk, jellies, fruit and beans.

Ube is one star of the show in the halo-halo dessert. The bright purple yam-like food can be found in Filipino desserts like jellies, puddings and cookies. It's mild in flavor, but still sweet. It's a bit nutty and some say it tastes vanilla-like.

Halo-halo typically consists of shaved ice, plus ube-flavored ice cream, condensed milk or whipped cream. Toppings can include jellies, beans and fruit chunks. In Tucson, you can find halo-halo at Fiesta Filipina and Nick's Sari-Sari Store.

Location: Fiesta Filipina in Park Place Mall's food court, 5870 E. Broadway. Nick's Sari-Sari Store, 2001 S. Craycroft Road.

Hours: Fiesta Filipina, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Nick's Sari-Sari Store, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Price: $7.99 at Fiesta Filipina, $5.50 at Nick's Sari-Sari Store.

Visit the Fiesta Filipina website and the Nick's Sari-Sari Store website for more information.

Go for a sweet or bold raspado

Arizbeth Valdez adds the crowning touch, a serpentina on the straw of a Niño Mango, at Mangos Refresqueria Y Cafe, one of the many shops you can find selling the icy treats around Tucson.

Raspados are among the best treats in Tucson.

Sweeter versions typically come with shaved ice, chunks of fruit, fruit juice, vanilla ice cream and lechera (sweetened condensed milk). But then there are also the bolder flavors, like the mangoyada, which can come with more tangy fruit options, plus chamoy and toppers like tamarindo candy sticks or Serpentinas candies.

Lucky for us, raspados can be found allover Tucson. See our list of raspado spots here.

So many popsicle flavors to choose from

Find dozens of paleta flavors at Paleteria y Neveria la Michoacana, including the pictured strawberries with cream, and cookies and cream.

When you walk into Paleteria y Neveria la Michoacana, you'll very quickly be enticed by the giant images of their treats allover their counters and along the pink-and-white-striped walls.

The space is home to paletas (popsicles), chocolate-covered bananas, smoothies, aguas frescas, ice cream, raspados and other antojitos. The flavor list for the paletas is the most extensive of all, with more than two dozen flavors ranging from fresh fruit popsicles to creamier versions. 

Other raspado shops also sell paletas, including a mangoyada pop at Delicias de Michoacan. Tanna's Botannas sells paletas with spicy candies stuck on top.

There are also popsicles at Hub Ice Cream, plus tea pops — with flavors like toasted marshmallow, peach and passion fruit — at Transit Tea

The newest addition to the popsicle scene, though, is Peace, Love & Pops. The spot opened in Main Gate Square last week, with a menu of juice- and dairy-based popsicles (and pupsicles for your dog friends). Flavors range from cherry limeade and blue raspberry to banana pudding and butter pecan.

Eegee's, a Tucson favorite

Pictured is a strawberry and lemon Eegee.

What would this list be if it didn't mention the icon that is Eegee's? The homegrown chain's iced drink, of the same name, is a favorite of Tucsonans.

Standard flavors include strawberry, lemon, piña colada, berry and the Teagee. There's also a rotating flavor of the month. For June, that's mango. July is typically the very well-loved watermelon flavor.

Location: Multiple locations, see them here.

Hours: Drive-thru hours are typically 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., but check your location to be sure.

Price: $1.99-$4.49, depending on size.

Visit the Eegee's website for more information.

Icy treats at your favorite tea spot

The snow smoothies at Bing’s Boba Tea are blended with ice and milk. 

Snows and slushes are a common sight at spots that specialize in boba tea. 

At Bing's Boba Tea, you can find slushes and snows, aka flavored drinks blended with ice and milk. There are 20 different slush flavors, including lychee, cantaloupe, strawberry and taro. You might get overwhelmed with the snow flavors though: there are 35 of them, including almond, coffee, pistachio, honeydew and raspberry.

Also check out slushes at tea spots Ni Hao Tea, Chatime and 7 Degrees Ice Cream Rolls & Boba Tea. Transit Tea also serves up tea snows.

The fruity punch of shaved ice and Italian ice

Angel Lopez holds a lime Italian ice at Slice & Ice, 1905 W. Grant Road.

Sometimes you just want a classic shaved ice, topped with a rainbow array of flavors.

Food truck Lahaina's Shave Ice does just that, with its shaved ices (large and not as large). There are more than 20 flavors, including classics like blue raspberry and cherry, in addition to even sweeter choices like cotton candy and bubble gum. 

Italian ice is also on the menu at Slice & Ice, owned by one of the original founders of Eegee's. Or, you may spot Tropical Shavings and Shaved Ice Saloon at events around town.

Slushes, both alcoholic and not

Try Me Again at The Pool Bar at The Tuxon Hotel

At Cuppa Gogo, they're not called slushes. Not slushies either. They're slooshies.

Cuppa Gogo, located at food truck park The Pit and known for its coffee, has nine flavors of slooshies, and even the option to add a Red Bull.

Alternatively, boozy slushes are definitely a thing. You can find three on The Tuxon's menu, including ones with rum and tequila, plus cider slushes at Bawker Bawker Cider House


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