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792 Col­lege St., 647-648-1936

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.

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