Nothing says summer like a refreshing sno-cone! Sno cones are awesome, but sometimes they are too sweet and sugary for my taste. My church group hosted a big Parish Wars event this weekend - 8 Parishes came up with teams of Young Adults and we played sports all day in the hot sun...and we had a sno cone machine! Needless to say the sno cone machine was put to good use - the machine was running all day long, and people loved them! Being the nerd and stickler for quality food that I am - I decided to make homemade sno cone syrup for this big event. I was surprised at how easy it was, and how delicious it was!
I just bought a bunch of condiment bottles at Target and relabeled them. I really wanted the clear bottles, but couldn't find any. This is what the bottles look like after being handled by 80 people for many many hours - they are pretty weather beaten. The most popular flavor was coconut, raspberry, and then the mango lime. Don't think anyone wanted the root beer flavor - which is my family's favorite! Make sure you strain out any seeds or fruit skin/pulp - otherwise they will clog up the spout - like they did with the blueberry flavor...and then no one will try it because they can't get to it! : ) You can make these syrups ahead of time and store them in the fridge...not too sure for how long, but I imagine they will last a while since they have so much sugar in them!
Root Beer Sno Cone Syrup
Lemon-Lime Sno Cone Syrup
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup lime juice
2 cups granulated sugar
Drop or 2 of green food coloring or chlorophyll
Bring to a boil sugar and juices. Add a drop of green food coloring. Then, let cool until completely cold. Pour over shaved ice or ice blended in a blender.
Raspberry or blueberry Sno Cone Syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1 bag frozen raspberries or blueberries (10-12ounces)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Coconut Sno Cone Syrup
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup canned coconut
2 tsp coconut extract
Bring sugar, water, and coconut to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add the coconut extract. Add blue food coloring if you want. I added it because at this pint the syrup was clear and if people can't see what they are pouring they just keep pouring.