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Monday, August 6, 2012

How to Make Homemade Snow Cones

Some of my fondest memories as a little girl are of all of our summer vacations down at the Jersey Shore. Every time we went down there, I would consume massive amounts of rootbeer snow cones! My brother, he was all about the grape ones!

Now that I am a wife, mother and grandmother, I am continuing the summer tradition of enjoying snow cones and have been making them all summer long for my granddaughter.

Making homemade snow cones is super easy and the only piece of equipment you really need are good Hawaiian Shaved Ice Machines. Once you have selected your machine, you will need a few bottles of snow cone or shaved ice syrup, some cups and a bag of ice!

Back in the good old days, you could only find the basic syrups like: cherry, blueberry, grape and rootbeer. A lot has changed since I was a little girl and now you can find all kinds of traditional and exotic snow cone flavors like: banana, kiwi, bubblegum, pineapple, tangerine, orange-pineapple, strawberry-kiwi, cherry-cola, cherry-vanilla, banana-bubblegum and so many more! With all of the different flavored syrups available, you can mix and match to your little heart is content!

Once you have purchased all of your supplies, you are ready to make some great tasting snow cones! You will want to read the instructional booklet that comes with your shaved ice machine and then you are ready to go.

You will want to put your ice into the machine and watch it come down the tube and into your cup or snow cone wrapper. Once it is done, you are ready to squirt your favorite syrup into the newly shaved ice. I suggest starting out slow with the syrup until you get it just right (you can add as much or as little as you would like depending on your own taste buds).

Once you are done making your snow cones for the day, make sure you wipe down your machine, close up your syrup bottles and clean everything up. You want it all nice and clean for the next round of snow cone making!

Snow cone making is a lot of fun and it's a great way to spend some family time together, especially during the hot summer months when you and the family want a cool and refreshing summer treat!