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Almond Slush?

I grew up in Lawrence, MA. I remember some of the stores downtown used to sell almond flavored slush- which I guess is an italian specialty. It is still sold in lawrence, but only during labor day weekend during the feast of the three saints. I am wondering if any other places sell it now? I don't really care about location- i will travel for almond slush. I live in wakefield now right near Joe Pace and Sons Italian market. I asked him, and he didn't know about it, so that option is out. Can anyone help me???????????

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  1. lollicup has several almond flavored beverages. they might be able to make you an almond slush

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    1. re: galangatron

      Almond slush sounds heavenly. Cafe Pamplona in Harvard Square sells Almond Soda --- sparking water, almond syrup and there signature crushed ice. With enough of their crushed ice it almost has the consistency of slush. I know it's not quite what you were looking for, but is similar.

      Also, I believe Boston Tea Stop in Harvard Square can do almond slush. I've never had that there, but they do have almond flavor on their menu, and I've often had slush, such as Rose Flower Slush there, without any tea flavoring.

    2. Too bad we don't have Grom here in Boston:


      but NYC is a short trip away...

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      1. re: robertlf

        Wow, cool website. Wish i new about this place when I lived in Europe!

        1. re: mwbachta

          They have two locations in New York. It is truly awesome!!! The gelato et al is shipped in from Italy fresh every week.

      2. This will be an expensive answer. I had dinner on Mother's Day at Oleana in Cambridge. The featured dessert was "Sicilian Almond Cremolata and Warm Chocolate Panino". I am not a dessert person, but this was truly one of the best desserts I have ever had. The cost was $12, but we split it between two people. I also wonder if any of the gelato places in the North End would have this. I will be looking for it too from now on.
        As an aside, the dinner at Oleana was outstanding. I had the Sockeye Salmon. Chef Ana Sortum was there that evening, and the kitchen did a remarkable job on everything we ordered. The dessert was a highlight.
        Good luck in your search...let me know when you find a source for the Almond Slush.

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        1. re: snowcone

          I will definately let you know when I find it. I have yet to try Oleana, but definately want to. I have Chef Sortun's cookbook called "spice" and have made several recipes from it. If you like that kind of turkish/ eastern european food you should look up Brookline family restaurant in the forums. Good stuff.

          1. re: mwbachta

            Will do re Brookline family. I have several of Oleana's spice mixes that I have purchased at the Copley Farmers Market, where her husband has a stand from Siena Farms.

            1. re: snowcone

              That is interesting as well- I am a spice nut. Always looking to add to my collection...

        2. MW, I grew up in Methuen and always went into Lawrence for almondade. It's one of my favoritest things in the world. And I have great news for you - they have it at the gelato place on 110 in Methuen next to Piro's. Heaven.

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          1. re: Eatin in Woostah

            WOWEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great news. I am going up to Methuen saturday for my nephew's little league game. I will definately be stopping afterwards! Thank you so much. All of the replies were great and helpful, but I was hoping for someone from the Lawrence area to respond- you even called it "almondade" which I havent heard since the old days in Lawrence! I am a happy man...

            1. re: mwbachta

              I was in Lawrence earlier today at the airport and stopped in Methuen to visit Dolce Fredo, the gelato place mentioned above. Unfortunately, the almond slush was not to be found --- the girl behind the counter pointed to the empty slush machines and said that they'll have it again soon, but she wasn't sure when. The owner has been busy opening a new store, I believe in Newburyport. Oh well. The ice cream place just down the street that proudly displayed a large "Slush" sign had very mediocre lemon slush (way too sugary). I hope to return to Dolce Fredo to try to slush, but I would call first to make sure.

              1. re: lipoff

                Wow, what a bummer. It's really good, too. You probably would have been better off staying at Dolce Freddo and having gelato anyway.

              2. re: mwbachta

                I replied today, and I see that others told you the name: Kim's. It is the same slush. I went to Lawrence High (67-71) and would stop at the store on Haverhill Street between Newbury Street & COmmon Street after school. Slushes were 5 & 10 cents back then. WOW, am I dating myself!

            2. A guy named John is the owner of Armando's slush. This is the slush you are talking about (I also grew up in Lawrence). He is married to a lady named Kim, and they have a pizza joint as well as over thirty flavors of the original slush including almond. Other stores used to buy buckets of slush from him and sell it from their stores... So, here is the info that you seek!


              He's getting up there in age but he still wont give me the recipe!!! i also go to Lotons hot dogs and Trippolis pizza all the time in Lawrence, even though I'm in Derry, NH....

              PS, he sells the slush year round.


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              1. re: KeithThomas

                Thanks, Keith. Yep, Armando's is the one I remember.

              2. Yes you can find it at the little store on Beacon St in South Lawrence (part way up the hill to Mt Vernon area) during the summer months btw they make an excellent Cuba sub at this little store also-please try it. Good Luck & enjoy! Let me know if you try the the sub and slush.

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                1. re: Sherri K

                  I wondered if anyone has tried the almond slush at the beacon street store yet? I had one last week and it was GREAT!

                2. Also Richie's Slush makes Almond too and I see it everywhere
                  Good Luck!

                  1. Just wondered if you have tried the Almond slush at the Mt. Vernon store on Beacon street in South Lawrence- It's the best and they make some pretty wonderful Cuban subs there too. the guy is immaculate! You gotta try this place and call ahead I think they close around 7:00pm

                    1. I am a native, but I have an acquaintance who gave me some info on Bosso's Almondade. Said that Bigart's in Haverhill currently sells the slush, but it's slightly different from what he remembers in Lawrence. I haven't tried Bigarts and unfortunately, I have nothing to compare it to, but that's what I've been told. You're right about it being a huge deal in the city.

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                      1. re: MVgal

                        Hi MV- I'll have to try that slush out but my gosh you and everyone has to try the almond slush at the Mt Venron store on beacon st in so lawrence and please try one of his cuban subs Yummie!

                        1. re: MVgal

                          Where is this "Bigart's i did a search but couldn't find it
                          Thanks let me know ok?

                          1. re: Sherri K

                            Sorry, I misspelled it, it's Biggart on Rt. 110 in Haverhill. Try Armando's first, listed as being available at Kim's in Methuen. I've heard from some people it supposed to be close to the real deal.

                        2. Armando's slush is available at:

                          Kim's Pizza and Subs
                          438 Prospect St
                          Methuen, MA

                          They have something like 30 flavors, including almond (my favorite as well).

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                          1. This must be the same as Almond Granita, no? If it is the same, then crucial to the experience is the whipped cream layered with the icey/almond stuff. I had this for the first time this summer in Sicily.

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                            1. re: hckybg

                              No, the one from our childhood in the Merrimack Valley had no cream.

                              1. re: Eatin in Woostah

                                Interesting...for whatever reason I guess the whipped cream didn't make it over the Atlantic. I will look forward to trying the Lawrence version someday.

                            2. Toretta's bakery in Revere sells Almond Slush that they make themselves. All the flovors they make are awesome...Lemon, Blue Vanilla, Almond...They may only have it in Spring & Summer but you could call to check. They have great bread and pastries as well!

                              1. There is a store in Lawrence on Prospect Street, near Ferry Street, that sells the same slush. The store might actually be in Methuen, but it is near this intersection. I cannot recall the name of the store, but my family lives in the area and I could find out if you reply again.

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                                1. re: Fitsue73

                                  Thanks for all of these responces. I have recently purchased the slush at Howe St market in Methuen. I had my tonsils out last month and my brother (who lives in methuen) made frequent stops to buy me some almond slush.

                                  1. re: mwbachta

                                    Wow, what a good guy. I think a trip to the old 'hood is in order for this weekend, to get some almondade.

                                2. There is one place that I think still has it at Hampton Beach. It's on a back street near a motel. I will try to find the exact location and name. It is a seasonal place bit is the only place I've found that has the same product as the little store in the Italian section of Lawrence. I, too, grew up in Lawrence and miss the food terribly. I'm in Lexington KY, home of every franchise in America and where the food really sucks.

                                  1. When spring comes, there is an ice cream place in Salem, NH called Peaches on Brady Ave. it's between Rt. 38 and Cluff's crossing near the golf course. They have almond slush and it's great. It's a great little ice cream place - all homemade. Nice country setting and they have goats and rabbits to feed (for the little ones).