Tuesday, July 5, 2011

DIY Snow Cone Fun Anytime! (#Recipe)

We love snow cones here! 
So easy to make quickly on a hot day and frugal enough to have anytime.

This year, instead of stocking up on an assortment of flavored syrups, I decided to make our own. Ours will be high fructose free and preferably using fresh available fruit.

Have you tried it? It is just a flavored simple syrup and only takes a few minutes to whip up a jar of your own. Use fresh fruit, or Kool-aid (as we needed to make a patriotic blue for the 4th) and you will have a simple, cold, and sweet treat.

You Will Need:
2 c. sugar
1 c. water *
Flavoring - 1 c. pureed fruit or 1 package of unsweetened Kool-Aid.

*When using fresh fruit, I cut the water by 1/2 so it wouldn't be too runny. I think it is a personal preference. You could also strain out the seeds with a cheesecloth, but I would miss the chunks of fruit I got with just pureeing them.

Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan.

Bring this mixture up to a boil for one minute.

Turn off the burner and remove from the heat. Then stir in your fresh fruit or packet of drink mix. It is that simple! Store it in a sealed jar, a canning jar worked well, for up to 2 weeks.

And for the snow cones? We picked up a ice shaver at Target.

I like this model because it uses either round ice molds you can freeze with water or juice,  or use regular ice cubes. My molds melted in the car on the way to my in-laws so I was grateful we could also use the regular ice cubes! The kids were not able to wait too long for their treats.

These patriotic snow cones were the perfect treat for the kids at our Fourth of July get-together. They didn't last long.

So experiment and enjoy!
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