Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Summer Treat You Can Make at Home

Snow Cones, Snow Balls, Shaved Ice, whatever you call them they are a popular, fun and delicious summer treat. I see the trucks driving all over town and the little stands opening all over the place already. If you have a craving for this fun summer treat but don't want to spend the money this is actually a very simple thing to make yourself at home.

What you need:
Something to crush ice (snow cone/shaved ice maker, blender, food processor, etc)
Unsweetened powdered drink mix (such as Kool-Aid) any flavor
Cups (you can buy paper snow cone cups, I just use any cups I have on hand)
Whipped Cream (optional)

The first thing you need to do is make your syrup as it must cool completely before you can use it.

To make the syrup first mix 2 cups sugar and 3/4 cup water in a pot and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until it comes to a rolling boil. Then remove from the heat and stir in the drink mix (we chose strawberry). You can get creative here and make any flavor you wish, you can even double or triple your batch to make a few different flavors for a rainbow treat. Allow it to sit for about 30 min then place in an airtight container and refrigerate it until it is completely cool.

Once your syrup is cool you are ready to make your icy treat. Crush your ice and pack it down (I used the slicer/shredder attachment for my kitchen-aid mixer, use whatever works best for you). Use an ice cream scoop to form a ball and place in a cup or paper cone, then drizzle your syrup over top an voila! You can eat it just like that or I like to    put mine in a cup and add whipped cream on top.

These are so easy to make and fun for the whole family to get involved. Plus they are very inexpensive to make yourself so you can save the money it would cost to purchase them from the truck or stand. Have fun!

Share some of your favorite snow cone flavors or other fun summer treats.

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