Growing up in Baltimore, Katie Baum enjoyed snowballs every hot and humid summer she can remember. It wasn’t until she left home that she discovered that not everyone had the joy of this refreshing summertime treat. After 13 years in the Bay Area she decided to bring tasty snowballs to the West Coast and started Skylite Snowballs. These are much like the traditional Baltimore snack, but with a natural California twist.

Katie worked with Chez Panisse pastry chef Stacie Pierce to create the original ten syrup flavors using the freshest local produce. In 2011, teacher turned baker and former Namu Gaji San Francisco pastry chef Marykate McGoldrick, joined the team. With the same commitment to seasonal ingredients, Marykate has built Skylite’s snowball menu into an assortment of over 50 unique flavor options. Based in Oakland, a cook, baker and maker of things, Marykate’s tea cookies and cakes can be found at Umami Mart and Asha Tea House. You can also visit her website at www.mkmcgold.com.

A million miles from the chemically-cloying, fake sno-cones of our childhoods, these snowballs encompass everything from the light subtle flavor of white-tip jasmine tea, to the bright taste of ripe strawberries or the complex and delicious hint of fresh-ground coffee beans.