Don't wait for the festivals and fairs to come to town before you treat the kids to snow cones. You can easily make these shaved/crushed ice treats at home!
Easy and fun
Buy small paper cups for your snow cones in. Look for markdowns on party goods to keep around this summer for snow cones and other treats.
You can crush the ice in your blender
-- some have a specific setting for this. Alternatively, you can crush ice by hand by placing the ice in a clean kitchen towel and crushing it with a rolling pin. You can even buy a special appliance (usually under $30) to simplify things. Take a look at the Hamilton Beach Snowman Ice Shaver
and the Rival IS450-W Deluxe Ice Shaver
Here are two easy syrup recipes:
Snow Cone Syrup 1
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
1 package unsweetened powdered drink mix, any flavor
Place the sugar and water in a medium pan and bring to a full boil. Remove from heat and stir in the Kool-Aid. Cool to room temperature, then place in the refrigerator until chilled. Pour over crushed iced.
Snow Cone Syrup 2
4 ounces of sweetened flavored drink mix powder*
3/4 cup hot water
Mix the water and the drink mix. Cool and drizzle over crushed ice.
* While you can use sugarfree drink mix powder (such as Crystal Light), it makes for a super runny "syrup."
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