Prickly Pear Raspados & a Giveaway

Time for another Tex-Mex lesson! What’s a raspado? Quite simply, a snow cone. But raspados are different in that they have more exotic flavors. Some of the most popular in South Texas include Strawberry Horchata, Lechera (sweetened condensed milk), Watermelon, Tamarind, and Plum. But by far, my favorite? Prickly Pear and Lime.

You can pretty much find Prickly Pear fruit (called Tuna in Spanish) anywhere these days. I can find them at Whole Foods here in New Jersey, already de-spined and ready for peeling. Wanting to get a true flavor profile, I asked James to taste the naked fruit after I’d peeled it and tell me what he thought it tasted like. His answer: Watermelon meets Blackberry. I think he’s pretty spot-on there.

You can eat Prickly Pears on their own and they’re a wonderful bright pink snack that you’ll be thinking about days later. Once peeled, you can devour them seeds and all, much like you can eat a watermelon’s white seeds without issue. They’re incredibly juicy and flavorful.

But my favorite thing to do with them is make syrup – syrup that can be used in raspados, or for a more adult beverage – Prickly Pear Margaritas.

At the beginning of Summer, West Bend sent me their Electric Ice Shaver to try out and review. I was pleasantly surprised at how efficient and uniform this little guy is at making shaved ice. I’ve been giving Rita’s Water Ice a run for their money all summer long – and it’s been a whole lot cheaper!

Whether you want to make margaritas or raspados, the process of syrup to frozen beverage is greatly helped along by the West Bend electric Ice Shaver.

The ice shaver comes with its own little paper cups for snow cones, plus straws, and these handy little bowls for freezing the perfectly shaped ice disks for the machine. But you can use regular ol’ ice right out of the freezer too (in case you’re impatient, like James and me).

I think you’re going to love Prickly Pear Raspados so much, you’ll be making them in the dead of Winter. You can sometimes find Prickly Pear juice on its own in the grocery store, but they’re incredibly simple to juice. Simply Recipes did a great job of explaining how to peel them, so pop over there if you’d like a picture tutorial.


Would you like to win a West Bend Ice Shaver?

How you win:

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Come back here and leave a comment telling me which appliance, other than the West Bend Ice Shaver, you would love to have in your kitchen, especially this Summer. You must be specific. “Milk Shake Maker” will not count.

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-Winner will receive one West Bend Ice Shaver {$29.99 value}. Product will be shipped by West Bend.


This giveaway is provided to you by West Bend. The views and opinions expressed by Amber Bracegirdle on Bluebonnets & Brownies are my own, and based upon my cooking experiences with West Bend products. I was given the product free of charge to test and review it; however, I was not monetarily compensated for the review or giveaway.

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  1. Nikki says

    I love homemade icecream, so I would enjoy having the 4qrt Wooden Bucket Ice Cream Maker!

  2. says

    I’m so glad I’ve found your site, and West Bend’s! They have so many cool cooking tools and equipment! I would love to have this 4 Qt. Wooden Bucket Ice Cream Maker! So cool! I’m going to browse around more. Love these prickly pear raspados you created! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a prickly pear before. :) I guess there’s always the first time.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  3. Kelly says

    The Kettle Krazy popcorn maker looks fun. Popcorn is my favorite snack and I could use a new popper! thanks

  4. says

    Is it bad that I want the smoothie elite blender thingy just to make margaritas?! It has a spout! Or a rice cooker, I could live with a rice cooker.

    LOVED LOVED LOVED this post! I’m embarrassed to say I have never tried atuns…I do remember traveling to paint rock with my parents, and they picked TONS of these so mom could make jelly! But the color was SOOOOOOOOOO deep. Wonder what the difference is?!

  5. Christine Saul says

    4 Qt. Plastic Bucket Ice Cream Maker –I learned how to make ice cream when I went to culinary school and was hooked. I like the versatility of this maker and the fact that it doesn’t take up a ton of room when put away.

    I already follow B&B on Facebook! :)

  6. says

    Recipe sounds great!! I love raspados, we get them at a Mexican store here and all the flavors are wonderful! I wouls love the 6 quart Versatility Cooker, what a great combination! :)

  7. says

    Ooh, right now, with a heat index of 111 here, I’d love to be able to crank out some ice cream in the Canister Ice Cream Maker, or any of their ice cream makers! Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Carole Resnick says

    I would love the 6 quartslow cooker. Fall is rapidly approachingand so are slow cookedmeals.

  9. Lynda Clark says

    Liked Bluebonnets & Brownies on Facebook as Lynda Clark

  10. says

    We LOVE movie nights with our grandkids, so I would definitely consider buying the 6 Qt. Stir Crazy ® Corn Popper. At ages 2 and 5, they would go nuts watching the popcorn pop. I also love the popsicle molds for the same reason. The babies would love making their own popsicles and snowcones in the summer. Great giveaway!

  11. Kat says

    I need a new blender! Mine is just about made its last smoothie, so my vote is for the 76005 – Blender.

  12. Heather says

    I would love to have the 41300 – Hi-Rise™ Bread Maker! I love having fresh bread in the house!

  13. Steph says

    Summer is the perfect time for outdoor movie nights with the neighbors. What could be more perfect than snocones and popcorn! I’d love to have 82514 – Stir Crazy® Theater Popper, 4 oz. so that we can make enough popocorn for everyone all at once!

  14. Jessica O says

    I would love the 35C Water Bath Canner – I’ve never done any canning before, but I would certainly give it a shot if I had this setup!

  15. Beth says

    I would love the (Model # IC10893)canister ice cream maker! I love home made ice cream and it’s fun to get creative with different flavors!

  16. Jan Alexander says

    I would love the rice cooker, the slow cooker, the ice cream maker, the…….. In other words, I would like any or all of them. LOL I already follow you on FB.