Just about everybody has their favorite go-to spot for summer treats, whether it be a beloved ice cream or fro-yo shop, or possibly a custard, or snow cone stand. Here in the Lou we are fortunate to have several terrific summer treat options from which to choose. Without a doubt our family fav is Tropical Moose Shaved Ice, or Tro Mo as many fondly call it.
For years, Tropical Moose has been one of our frequent summer stops. Located at theKirkwoodFarmers Market, Tropical Moose serves Hawaiian ice, shaved to the perfect snowy consistency, topped with ample choices of flavored syrups. Each May, as soon as it “starts snowing” and the Tro Mo season begins, lines start forming with people excited to get a taste of this refreshing summer treat.
So at a recent fundraising event, when we found out we won the opportunity to “Name Your Own Tropical Moose Snow Cone”, you would’ve thought we just won the lottery based on our excitement!
We wasted no time setting up an appointment to meet Pat, the co-owner of Tropical Moose at the Moose Shack to decide upon a flavor and name for our snow cone to be featured all summer long. With the help of the Tro Mo staff, our Cowie boys started tinkering with different flavor mixtures. The kids had a blast mixing this flavor with that, deciding if they should add sprinkles or not, tasting and choosing…and tasting some more.
After ample cupfuls of potential flavor candidates had been consumed, the winning concoction was decided upon: grape snow cone over vanilla ice cream topped with a dab of whipped cream. Fittingly named the “Purple Cowie”, the snow cone is a take on the classic Purple Cow, a beverage made by combining vanilla ice cream with either grape juice or grape soda.
While the boys filled their bellies with snow cone choices, Pat shared with my hubs and I a bit of background on this small but mighty business. Pat’s husband Jack, a teacher for the Special School District, was looking for something to fill his time during the summer months. During a trip to Hawaii, the couple enjoyed a frozen treat and the business idea was borne. Pat told us that the name “Tropical Moose” is a reference to that Hawaiian trip, and the machines that they use to shave the ice into the perfect melt-in-your-mouth snow consistency originate from the Hawaiian islands.
Certainly, the couple never imagined what a success this little snow cone stand would become! Now in addition to the Tropical Moose stand in the Farmer’s Market, they recently expanded the business to include two additional Tro Mo locations and a Walk Away Waffles Wagon, offering Belgian waffles with loads of toppings.
Question: What is your go-to place to grab a summertime treat?