By Aimee Serafin and Elana Koehler

“It’s as if snow fell from the sky in any flavor you wished and you could eat it off the ground with a spoon,” said manager, Tyler LaVigne, when asked to describe the frozen dessert served up at Vampire Penguin’s unique shop located in North Augusta. While the dessert appears at first glance to be shaved ice with delicious toppings, the many flavors of shaved snow have a creamy taste and delicate texture unlike any other ice creams or shaved ices. They really do taste like snow that has fallen from the sky and landed on your spoon! The menu features snowy options with kid-friendly names such as the Yabadabadoo, Sweet Tooth, Mexican Candy and the Green Jacket. The Yabadabadoo includes vanilla melt-in-your-mouth shaved snow, strawberry sauce and sweetened condensed drizzle topped with Fruity Pebbles and a side of whipped cream. The Green Jacket showcases a mint and vanilla snow base, crushed Oreos and chocolate syrup. One of the most popular flavors across all franchises is the Strawberry Cheesecake which combines graham crackers, marshmallows, strawberry and white chocolate sauces, and strawberry boba balls.

The North Augusta Vampire Penguin franchise opened on September 7, 2020. There is also a Vampire Penguin in Aiken. The company was started by a father and two brothers from the Philippines who moved to the United States. The very creative name, Vampire Penguin, originated because one of the brothers was born on Halloween and the other brother loved penguins. The whimsically dark decor features a gothic throne, hanging icicles and plush playful penguins with vampire fangs.

If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, Vampire Penguin is a great option for you. There are dairy-free options, and all the snow is gluten-free! The website contains a helpful comprehensive ingredient list for everything on the menu. Though deliciously sweet, all the dessert snow is low-calorie and the highest sugar content of any base flavors is 15 grams.

Store hours are 12-9pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays, and 12:30-9pm on Sundays. Vampire Penguin’s delicious snowy treats and fantastical decor are sure to be a wonderful adventure for any after-school crowd!