One thing I love about the summer season is the wide selection of sweets and treats to cool you down. My favorite growing up was a sweet, sticky snow cone. They were fun to make, but you would only see a snowcone stand once in a blue moon.
Well, in Idaho, snowcone stands are EVERYWHERE. And I love it. Sorry California, this is one advantage-point to Idaho. (But don't worry, you're still winning the overall game by about 164 to 3.)
Stands vary in size, appearance, and variety. There are stands with dozens of different varieties, and five sizes to choose from. Others only offer 10 selections and two sizes. Like snowflakes, no two stands are alike. Which just adds to the charm.
In my opinion, these things are widely popular for two reasons:
1 - There are no 7-Elevens in town, so Slurpees, Icees and the like are in short supply. There are only one or two gas stations that offer these, and it may be because the snowies have the market cornered.
2 - I'm all about small businesses, and so is Idaho. These are independent shops run by locals. When you spend your money at a local shop instead of a mass-market, it always makes you smile a little.
I haven't had my first snowcone of the season yet, but it will happen soon. I haven't had a snowcone in ages, and am looking forward to trying as many flavors as I can before the weather starts to cool again. That, and the sticky blue fingers, of course.