Summer is here! The heat is on! The kids are running around like crazy and begging for something to do! Sound familiar? Well I have the perfect solution for you…
Homemade Snow Cones!
Why in the world would you want to make your own snow cones? Well, of course it’s fun…and it’s easy…and it only takes 4 ingredients, all of which you probably already have on hand, 3 ingredients for the syrup plus ice!
These were truly a blast to make, even my teenagers had fun, not to mention the fun Doug and I had as well!
We are always up for a challenge, so when Kool Aid asked me to share a recipe using their drink mix, we knew it was going to be fun! Last year I spotted the recipe for Snow Cone Syrup on Pinterest from Southern Mom Cooks, I thought I had remembered the recipe using Kool Aid, so I searched through my Pinterest boards and found it.
Kool Aid has been around for as long as I can remember, and it’s still going strong. Right now you can share a photo of your family’s Kool Aid creation for a chance to win tickets to a concert and a meet and greet with Big Time Rush!
So with that in mind, we wanted these Snow Cones to be extra special! Off to Walmart we went to find a Snow Cone Maker.
And what we found worked perfectly! The Rival Snow Cone Maker and Snow Cone Cups were right in the seasonal dishes area, near housewares.
The Snow Cone Maker was under $17 and the cups were under $3, so for right around $20 this little gem makes a fun treat. You could also give them as a birthday gift, I bet any kiddo would love it!
As I mentioned earlier, the Snow Cone Syrup has only 3 ingredients…sugar, water and Kool Aid. Bring the sugar and water to a boil, then after letting it simmer for a few minutes, mix in the Kool Aid flavor of your choice.
I put the syrup in bottles that I found at Walmart in the housewares department, they were only $3. You could also use squeeze bottles too.
Here are a few tips we found when making the Snow Cones…
- Make the syrup ahead of time to it has time to chill, it will keep in the fridge for up to 1 month
- Fill the cups with ice first, then set them in the freezer. Then fill a large bowl with more ice and using a large spoon add more ice to the top to make the Snow Cones rounded.
- Use an ice cream cone holder to serve them and keep them upright.
We used a couple new flavors of Kool Aid; Mixed Berry, Cherry Limeade and also Grape. I think using the blue and red flavors for a fun Fourth of July treat would be a hit with the kids!
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup water
- 1 packet (0.16 oz) Kool Aid
- Snow Cone Maker or Food Processor
- Bottles for Syrup
- Snow Cone Cups
- In a medium pan, combine sugar and water, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally
- Reduce heat and let simmer 3 minutes
- Remove from heat and sprinkle Kool Aid packet in - be sure to sprinkle and not dump, it will combine better
- Stir for 1-2 minutes to dissolve completely
- Using a funnel, VERY carefully pour the syrup into a bottle - depending on the size of the bottle, you made need 2 batches to fill the bottle
- Place in fridge to chill
- Crush ice in Snow Cone Maker or Food Processor
- Fill snow cone cups, add syrup