Sno-cones have long been a staple of Mississippi summers and Erica’s Shaved Ice adds a new spin on the classic.
What started as a permanent stand in Bruce, Mississippi, has three years later become a mobile stand based in Tupelo.
One of the first steps in the transition was finding a perfect mobile unit. Erica Warren, owner of Belle Ame Salon and Spa and Divine Culture Boutique, wanted something fun and retro to serve her gourmet treats from, and after searching far and wide, found CH Campers based in Chattanooga. The company remakes vintage Shasta RVs and allow customers to customize everything from paint color to floors. After perfecting the fuschia color on the outside and adding custom-made wings to the back, Warren was ready to transfer supplies from the Bruce stand to the mobile unit and move to Tupelo. For now the mobile stand is parked outside of Belle Ame Salon on McCullough.
While customers can opt for a tried-and-true flavor of shaved ice, there are other options including specialty sno-cones like Key Lime Pie–with graham gracker crumbs as a topping. The specialties were perfected over the past three years and have been tested and approved by family. Warren’s father loves the Butter Pecan Lovin’ which is a sno-cone with butter pecan syrup, cream and whipped cream. Any cone can be “stuffed” which means a scoop of ice cream is in the middle. Warren’s favorite is strawberry syrup, a scoop of vanilla ice cream with marshmallow cream on top.
Open Monday through Saturday from 12 pm to 6 pm, Erica’s Shaved Ice also sets up at festivals and private parties when available. One notable festival they were invited to was the 2016 Silobration, of Magnolia Market and Fixer Upper fame. Warren submitted the application, complete with photos of the stand and some of the treats. They were one of only three food vendors chosen. Warren says it was one of the coolest experiences because they were the only one from Mississippi and were able to meet Chip and Joanna Gaines personally.
Boasting 43 flavors and 7 different toppings, customers can score the most elaborate sno-cone for around $5.