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Latest ice cream craze arrives in Wichita

Taiwanese shaved ice was introduced this week at Krispy’s Fried Chicken & Seafood.
Taiwanese shaved ice was introduced this week at Krispy’s Fried Chicken & Seafood.

It’s all the rage on the West Coast and in Houston. And now, the latest ice cream trend has arrived in Wichita.

On Monday, Krispy’s Fried Chicken & Seafood at 3009 S. Hillside started serving Taiwanese shaved ice, a ribbon-like frozen creation with an ice cream texture. The shaved ice, which in Taiwanese is called xue hua bing, is made by freezing milk and flavorings together. The frozen mixture is put in machines that shave it into thin ribbons, and the way they pile it into a bowl gives the treat a dramatic, artistic look. (Read this story about Taiwanese shaved ice from the Los Angeles Times.)

Krispy’s is serving five flavors: mango, strawberry, sweet milk, taro and green tea. Customers can choose two toppings from Asian fruits like jack fruit and lychee, or they can pick cereal or cookie toppings. A regular is $3.99, and a large is $5.99.

Krispy’s is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

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