SnowShack offers many flavors to cool off with

Published on Thu, Jun 29, 2006 by Tara Nelson

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Snow Shack offers many flavors to cool off with

By Tara Nelson

Robin Welch might greet you with a smile and a friendly Texas accent, but the source of her unusual syrups for her new snow cone stand is strictly off limits to even the most the curious connoisseur.

“I have had a lot of people asking me but I’d just rather not say,” she said, laughing. “The next thing you know someone will come along and try to take my spot.”

Welch, who moved to Blaine from Houston, Texas a few years ago, opened the Snow Shack, a small trailer on the corner of Birch Bay-Lynden and Blaine roads last month, serving up big flavor.

Snow cone syrups range from the fruity “Ocean Mist,” a combination of coconut, pina colada and lemon-lime-flavored syrups, to the sweet “Wedding Cake,” which combines coconut and vanilla syrups, and the more adventurous “Warhead” super sour flavor.

Welch’s favorites, however, are a little less complex. She said she prefers the banana, the Georgia peach and the blueberry above all.
“I put the banana in everything,” she said. “But the blueberry is out-of-this-world-great, also.”

Ice for the cones is shaved into a fine powder by a heavy duty block shaver, although the make and model of the machine was another highly-guarded trade secret.

“Let’s just say it’s made by the little elves in the back there,” she said.
Welch added she hopes snow cones will become as popular as in Northwest as they are in Texas.

“They just got a Starbucks in Texas three or four years ago,” she said. “I’m wondering how they know what to order.”

She added although she loves her home state, she has decided to make Blaine her permanent home.

“I love it up here,” she said. “Texas is beautiful but I think I’m going to retire here.”

Now, she said her only challenge is getting her parents to move here and start a “true” Texas barbeque restaurant. “I’m trying to talk them into it but they are retired so we’ll see” she said.

Snow cone prices are $1.50 for an 8-ounce serving, $2.25 for 10 ounces, $3 for 16 ounces and $3.75 for 20 ounces.

The Snow Shack is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

They are located at 48874 Birch Bay-Lynden Road across the street from Birch Bay Waterslides.