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Sunday, December 08, 2013

While We're on the Subject. . .How to make Home Made Hawaiian Ice (Snow Cones!!)

Use any flavors you like!
Well, we can't let all this this beautiful snow go to waste, now can we?  Our whole family surely enjoyed our big old bowls of snow ice cream yesterday, but ice cream every day would get a little old (okay, I don't really mean that, but it does give me a chance to make another recipe!).

I think it's time to make some home made Hawaiian Ice.  If you don't know what Hawaiian Ice is, you probably know it under another name. . .the glorious summer favorite: the SNOW CONE! 

If you have a roaring fire going, there is no reason why snow cones must be relegated to summer.  Agreed?  Agreed!

And they are SOOOO simple to make, too.  Forget buying expensive flavored syrups, too.  They are very easy to make at home and you know what's in them!

Mix equal parts sugar and water

  • Equal parts sugar and water
  • (about a cup of each should be good for 6 servings)
  • flavorings of your choice 
  • (vanilla, lemon, almond, etc.  Fresh lemon juice, orange juice, cinnamon, and concentrated fruit juices work well)
  • Food coloring (if desired)


  • Mix water and sugar in a heavy bottomed pan and place over medium heat.  
  • Bring to a boil, stirring frequently
  • As soon as syrup boils (and sugar is fully dissolved), remove from heat
  • One sugar water boils, turn off heat
  • Let cool about five minutes in the pan
  • Pour into heat proof containers (preferably ones that are easy to pour from)
  • Add desired flavorings and colorings, if desired.
  • (we like to color each flavor, both because it is pretty on the snow and because it helps us remember which flavor is which)
  • Mix well and let cool
  • When syrup is cool, scoop clean snow in bowls or cups and pack down firmly.
  • Pour over snow and serve!!
  • Enjoy!!!  :)

Mix flavorings, syrup and color
(Note: don't pour too much syrup on. . .it travels down through the snow.  If you keep pouring until the color reaches the bottom, it will be way too sweet.)

That's all there is to it!  Get creative with your flavorings, too. . .the basic simple syrup is a perfect foundation for all sorts of interesting flavors. . .coffee, cinnamon, fresh raspberries, etc.  Let your imagination go wild!!!

It doesn't melt as quickly when you pour the syrup on if you wait until it is very cold!  :)

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