Have you ever heard the theory that eating ice cream actually makes you hotter? It has something to do with the fat content toying with your body temperature. Not great news now that the warm days of summer are here, but we're not sweating it too badly — because snow cones are totally where it's at anyway.
It doesn't get much cooler than the simple recipe of shaved iced and flavored syrups. And snow cones are super-easy to make at home. We'll show you how.
Snow cone ice
Up for some DIY that also lets you get out some aggression? Wrap ice in a clean dish towel, stuff it into a large freezer bag (so no chips get away), and beat the living daylights out of it with a rolling pin or the flat side of a meat tenderizer (or just grab a hammer from the garage, and wrap the tip in foil — as long as the dirty part doesn't touch anything you plan to eat or eat with).
Or simply throw the cubes into a blender, and crush them that way. Of course, there are also plenty of snow cone machines you can buy at varying price points if you prefer something specialized.
Snow cone syrup
Making the syrup is just as easy. Do you have water, sugar and flavored drink mix (such as Kool-Aid) at home? That's all you need. To make about a cup of syrup, stir a cup of sugar and a packet of drink mix into a cup of water, and bring it to a boil over medium heat until everything is dissolved. Remove it from the heat, and after it's cool, funnel it into a squeeze bottle or a bottle rigged with a bar spill-stop.
Put the ice into little cups, pour the syrup over until the ice is saturated, and enjoy. Of course, you can also buy flavored syrups from places like Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Amazon.com, where you can also buy other snow cone-making supplies.
Whether you make your own or buy them online, don't forget to try these favorite flavor combos.
Originally published July 2016. Updated June 2017.