Making a Real Food Snow Cone honestly couldn’t be any easier. Think about it – a snow cone is basically just ice (that’s definitely real) topped off with highly processed syrup (that’s definitely not real).
Typical list of ingredients in Snow Cone Syrup: Water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, artificial flavor, propylene glycol, sodium benzoate (preservative), sodium saccharin, xanthan gum, FD&C blue #1.
There’s just no need for all these unwanted additives and chemicals when you can simply pour an organic juice concentrate mixture or homemade berry sauce over all that shaved ice instead!
You could use an ice cream scooper to make a nice round top on these snow cones, but this is how they come out of the machine. My daughters didn’t seem to mind at all. :)
Now you could make the “shaved” ice in your blender (I’ve tried it before and while it’s more like crushed ice it definitely works), but I’ve actually become fond of the inexpensive little snow cone machines that are available these days.
I host a little backyard end-of-school-year party for our neighbors every year, and I always whip out my little snow cone machine for the kids. It only makes 2 at a time so they all line up and patiently wait for their turn. In the end it’s a fun little activity – and treat! – that they always enjoy.
I’ve tried a couple different machines and this is the one I currently like and use. So don’t delay… collect your supplies so you can get started!
Real Food Snow Cones
- frozen fruit juice concentrate any flavor (or use homemade berry sauce – link to recipe is in notes)
- Make the “syrups” by mixing together 2 parts fruit juice concentrate with 1 part water. The berry sauce is ready to go as is and can be thinned out a little with water if desired.
- Shave the ice in your blender or snow cone machine. Arrange the shaved ice in the snow cone cups. Use an ice cream scooper to achieve a nice rounded top (if desired). Pour the juices/sauces over top, insert a straw and enjoy!