Healthy desserts have been trending for a while. With dairy-free, gluten-free, organic and no-sugar-added options, there’s something for everyone. To compete with all the available goods on the market, one Lakewood neighbor had to get creative.
The Snowbaby story started when founder Chrissy Kuo tried Taiwanese shaved ice. She thought it was delicious and noticed the few shops offering it in Dallas were marketing treats toward the Asian community. Doing research, she discovered that the shaved ice contains high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors.
“I’m a ’90s kid. I’m totally OK with junk in our food,” Kuo says. “But whenever I started having kids, I realized, hey, you know, all this stuff that’s in our food is not very good for us.”
There had to be a better, healthier option.
Kuo spent a year developing the vanilla flavor. She had to test recipes and make sure the texture and consistency were perfect – creamy, refreshing and satisfying. While she was working full time and raising kids, she tested her creations at carnivals and other events to see if the treats appealed to other demographics. They did.
“I started to get a following, and I was encouraged,” she says. “I’m like, OK, this is something different, and it benefits everybody because it’s actually as healthy as you say.”
Kuo opened her business in Lakewood Shopping Center and called it Snowbaby.
“Imagine if a snow cone and an ice cream had a baby,” she says. “It’d be a snowbaby.”
Families are the main customers at the shop, but Kuo is also hoping to ramp up the catering business. She bought a used snow cone trailer on Facebook, but it was stolen right before spring break. She just got a little food truck to replace it.
Customers can pick from an already-designed creation or build their own treat. The most popular creation is birthday cake, which features vanilla snow, sweet milk, fresh strawberries and natural rainbow sprinkles colored with fruit and vegetable juices. Her go-to order is the coconut snow with vanilla cake bites from Unrefined Bakery, sliced almonds and sweet milk.
Snowbaby is offering seasonal flavors for summer: pineapple, lemonade, key lime and horchata.
“Our mission is to provide healthier treats to feed your inner foodie,” Kuo says. “And to create memories.”
Snowbaby, 6404 Gaston Ave.