Tucson Eats: Raspados
Have you ever been fulfilled by a snow cone? They seem refreshing at first, but eventually you remember they’re basically just sugar and frozen water—plain, substance-less, disappointing…
Unless, that is, you’ve ever eaten raspados. The Mexican version of “scraped ice” addresses all of the American version's incompetencies, and then improves upon them. Homemade syrups, fruits, candies and even ice cream make these treats well-rounded, filling and sometimes almost vaguely healthy.
Raspadors—the people in charge of making these delights—are often more creative and inventive than purveyors of the plain old snow cone. Their flavors and varieties are endless, but can also be a bit intimidating. To show you around, we visited some of our favorite vendors in town.—Andi Berlin/Special to Metromix
Pictured here: Freddy Muratalla of Sonora Snow Cones with pineapple and strawberry and pineapple raspado.