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Barack Obama’s favourite indulgence—aside from his nightly handful of almonds— is kakigori, a Japanese shaved-ice dessert that became popular a century ago among sugar cane plantation workers in Hawaii. Shaved ice is smoother and softer than a snow cone, and it usually comes drowned in a rainbow of tropical syrups that coalesce into fruit-punchy goodness. Paradice, a neon-lit parlour in Little Italy, churns out mountains of snow splashed with traditional syrups like blue raspberry, cherry and watermelon. They’re all great, but the truly stupefying stuff is on the secret menu, where you’ll find the candy funhouse: shaved ice coated in cotton candy and stuffed with vanilla ice cream and gummy bears. From $7.