Two things before I start. #1 This turned out to be A LOT more complicated and involved than I ever imagined starting out. Chalk this one up to “easier said than done” and #2. DARN YOU ERIK! I just had to get that out of the way. I feel better now.
Let me explain. Last night after dinner we were discussing the usual options for dessert, which usually starts out something like this: My husband Dave says, “(insert one of our kids’ names here), what did you make us for dessert?” (knowing full well there is no dessert anywhere.) This is usually answered with a mumbled “nothing”, or “there’s ice cream in the freezer”…or if we’re REALLY lucky someone will pipe up and offer to make rice krispie treats. (That’s usually me…but sometimes Britta. The “boys” seem to be extremely “allergic” to cooking. I think I’ve completely spoiled them…but that’s a topic for another blog post.) Since having to eliminate gluten from our cooking…rice krispie treats are a BIG favorite at our house. (Another topic for another post. Making mental notes here.)
Since there were no rice krispie treat offerings last night and no one seemed to be up to making anything else, Erik suggested we run down the street to the neighborhood Tropical Snow shack (you know, where they make snow cones? Those things that have never really appealed to me or tempted me before now!!!) I think I said something like, “you all have fun” and wandered out of the room. But then Erik HAD to tell me about the “Bahama Mama Rama” he had there the night before. More out of curiosity than anything else, I asked for more information about this strange drink with the stranger moniker. According to Erik, it’s a scoop of ice cream topped with flavored shaved ice (snow) and finished off with a drizzle of flavored cream on top. Huh?????? Does anyone else ever have those moments where you think to yourself “WHY do I not already KNOW about this thing???” This was definitely one of those moments. It sounded so strangely delicious I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
We didn’t end up going last night, I think we were all just too tired, even for a dreamy concoction like that.
But today, I could not stop thinking about this mama from the Bahamas. I couldn’t even wait for after dinner. I stopped by the shack on my way home from work and picked up a strawberries and cream flavored mama.
It would probably be overstating it a bit to say it was the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted…but not by much!! I got the largest size thinking I would never finish it but I could take it home and one of my kids definitely would. HA! I drank every last drop.
Now, from what I understand, not everyone is fortunate enough to have a neighborhood Tropical Sno Shack or a Bahama Buck’s (where I believe this originated from) where they can purchase one of these little tasty treats. So…..being a child of the superhighway, I consulted my friend Google and found some ideas for making your own “faux” Bahama Mama Rama drinks.
When all is said and done…it’s probably WAY easier to just run down to your local shack and see if they offer these or if you can bribe them to make you one special. :-) But it’s still fun to know you CAN make these at home if you want to….or if you live in some forsaken place that doesn’t offer such delicacies.
Shaved Ice “Recipe”
- Get some ice.
- Crush it up however you can.
My suggestion would be to pick up one of these little beauties for $15 from Amazon.
It doesn’t take buying many specialty snow cone drinks to pay for this puppy! That fancy ice is NOT cheap!
Snow Cone Syrup Recipe
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 (0.13 ounce) package unsweetened, fruit-flavored soft drink mix (Koolaid)
1. In a saucepan, stir together the sugar and water. Bring to a boil, and boil for about 1 minute. Remove from heat, and stir in the drink mix. Allow to cool, and store in a container for pouring. Pour over shaved ice to flavor.
Of course you can also save yourself time and grief with this ingredient too and order the snow cone syrup online.
You can even order cute little snow cone cups and straws! :-) (but you’re going to want a great big CUP for the concoction we’re working on!)
Cream Flavoring “Recipe”
Add 4 ounces of evaporated milk to a quart of flavored syrup. Mix.
Syrups that work best as cream flavors are Banana, Peach, Vanilla, Pina Colada, Coconut, Chocolate, and Strawberry. Once the evaporated milk is added, the cream flavoring can be refrigerated and will last for 4 to 5 days.
Now all that’s left to do is assemble!
1. Put a scoop of your favorite ice cream in the bottom of a generous sized cup. (I’m all about Vanilla for this).
2. Add the shaved ice, making sure to form it into a beautiful volcano shape. Just kidding, tastes the same however you dump it in there.
3. Drizzle the cream mixture over the top! (I personally do more of a “pouring” over the top, than a “drizzle”, but I battle that “more is better” disorder, so you be the judge.)
4. Add little paper drink umbrellas. (optional) :-)
E N J O Y ! (And let me know how you liked it!)