Snow cones are a delicious treat that people of all ages enjoy. They only require two basic components: ground up ice and flavored syrup. While you can purchase flavored syrups to use on your snow cones, doing so can be expensive. You can save money by making your own flavored syrups for the ice you grind in your snow machine. Just follow the instructions below. These syrups are also naturally flavored, which makes them a healthier choice than the artificial ones you find in stores.
This is the classic type of syrup, similar to those you see at fairs and festivals.
- 4 cups of juice of your choice (grape, orange, and cranberry are all good choices)
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- a pinch of salt
- Pour the juice into a saucepan, and bring it to a simmer. Continue to simmer the juice for about 45 minutes, or until the volume has been reduced by half. The juice should be beginning to take on a more syrupy, thick texture.
- Add the white sugar and the salt to the pan, and return the mixture to a simmer. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat, and let the mixture cool completely before transferring it to a plastic bottle.
- Store this syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- To use the syrup, simply squeeze a few tablespoons over a cup of shaved ice.
Creamy syrups of this type are less common; they are sometimes used at more upscale beach resorts and the like. If you've never had a snow cone with a creamy syrup before, you're in for a real treat.
- 4 cups juice of your choice
- 1/2 cup sweetened, condensed milk
- a pinch of salt
- Pour the juice into a saucepan, and bring it to a simmer. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
- Remove the juice from the heat, and stir in the salt.
- Let the juice cool to room temperature, and then stir in the sweetened, condensed milk.
- Transfer the mixture to a plastic bottle, and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
- To make a snow cone with this topping, squeeze a few tablespoons of it over a cup of shaved ice. Be careful not to use too much, as this style of syrup is quite sweet.
Experiment with different juices, using the recipes above. You're sure to discover some new snow cone favorites! If you don't want to make your, visit a shaved ice provider, like Hawaiian Ice Company.