Friday, June 7, 2013

Homemade Sno Cone Syrups...yum

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
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Root Beer Extract
  • Brown food coloring - optional

  • Bring the water and sugar to a boil, stirring continuously until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add the Root Beer Extract and food coloring, stirring until well blended. 

  • Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Pour desired amount over shaved ice or into container and store in refrigerator.

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

  • Bring to a boil sugar and water. Then, let cool until completely cold.
  • Defrost raspberries or blueberries and combine with lemon juice. Blend until very smooth in a blender. Strain through a sieve to remove seeds or skins..
  • Combine cooled syrup and raspberry mixture and pour over shaved ice or ice blended in a blender.

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.

  • Mango Lime Sno Cone Syrup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen mango pieces
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 8 limes)
  •  Boil sugar and water. Then, let cool until completely cold.
  • In a blender, mix mango pieces and lemon juice to a very smooth puree.
  • Combine cooled syrup and mango-lime mixture. Pour over shaved ice or ice blended in a blender.