How To Make Real Food Snow Cones!

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!

Real Food Snow Cones from 100 Days of #RealFood

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!

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Real Food Snow Cones

Making a Real Food Snow Cone honestly couldn't be any easier.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
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Servings: 2 scones


  • ice
  • 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!


Special equipment needed: blender or snowcone machine, plus cups and straws
Check out the recipe for berry sauce here – Homemade Berry Sauce
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
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40 thoughts on “How To Make Real Food Snow Cones!”

  1. If you have a ninja chopper you can freeze chunks of fruit like blood orange and cherry and then just run them through the ninja frozen for fruit ice that looks like colored son and is 100 percent fruit. I found this out when I was too impatient to wait for the blood orange to thaw to add to a chicken marinade so I ran it in my ninja. I hate to take out more orange from the freezer because I ate it. Also, I really hate endorsing products but I tried this with another blender I borrowed that was montel and it was not as powerful as my 29 dollar ninja.

  2. Yum! My family also uses fruit concentrate, and we also use condensed milk drizzled on top! For something more summer fair festive, I buy premade syrups from — their tiger’s blood flavor is my favorite! I also love toppings like mochi and sweet red bean, which are popular in Asia :D

  3. If you have an ice shaver (I bought one through pampered chef), You can also dilute the juice and freeze in cups and put that through shaver.
    We’ve used instant flavored coffees before and frozen them and put them through the ice shaver…YUM!!

  4. What exactly is frozen fruit juice concentrate? I mean, how is it sold in the grocery stores? The only thing I can think of is the frozen juice that comes in a can in the freezer section that you dilute with water to make juice. Is that it?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hello Stacy. Yes, that’s it or you can find some concentrates in boxes in the juice section of your grocery store.

  5. Hello Amy~can you tell me how many grams of sugar this recipe would contain? I know with some “natural fruit juices” they can vary but, I’ve not found any under 28 grams of sugar. Which is equal to a can of soda pop.

  6. Just what we needed this summer! We have really cleaned our diet and menu and are a VERY clean eating family. Our children do very well for the most part, but summer snow cones are a must and I don’t want to neglect them!

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