Keep cool this summer with this super simple 3-ingredient Homemade Snow Cone Syrup recipe with free printables so you can choose your very favorite flavor combinations!
Well, I bought a snow cone machine! I love snow cones as a treat and I just couldn’t resist any longer! This is the snow cone machine that I purchased and I really like it. I didn’t want to have to purchase the one that you have to freeze ice into the mold to be able to use. (So keep that in mind when snow cone machine shopping!) But the one I got you can use regular ice cubes with it so you can eat a snow cone all day every day if you want!
And to go with a snow cone machine and ice- you need snow cone syrup!
How to make snow cone syrup
Snow cone syrup is actually pretty easy to make! There are a few recipes out there and all the ones I have tried have turned out great!
What is snow cone syrup made of?
Snow cone syrup is made of just 3 ingredients: sugar, water, and flavoring. The base for snow corn syrup starts with simple syrup which is granulated sugar and water. Then, you add your flavoring! Easy peasy!
Koolaid Snow cone Recipe
This DIY snow cone syrup recipe is 1:1 water and sugar. We like to rot our teeth so we add a little more sugar!
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 packet (0.23 oz.) unsweetened drink mix (like Koolaid!)
You boil the water and sugar together in a small saucepan and then add your Kool-Aid packet! (full instructions are down below!) Our favorite flavors are blue raspberry, cherry, watermelon.
Snow cone Recipe without Koolaid
Making syrup with koolaid is by far the easiest (and cheapest) But Koolaid doesn’t have all the flavors! Coconut and Banana are some of our favorites. If you want to make some unique flavors, Try using some McCormick Flavoring extract!
Add about a tsp into your sugar and water mixture. You can add more depending on the flavor! (some are stronger than others! The banana was very flavorful with just 1 tsp but we needed to add 2 tsp of the coconut to make it strong!
You can also add Torani’s syrup (we use these to add flavors to our soda drinks) These are ready to go and you can just pour them right on the shaved ice. Torani’s has sugar-free options. so if you want to eat your weight in snow cones and not have any guilt- These are the best options!
Store your Snow cone Syrup
Once your snow cone syrup has cooled- it needs to be kept in an airtight container in your fridge (up to 4 weeks!) We invested in a few of these squeeze condiment bottles for an easy way to add the flavor to our snow cones!
How to make my favorite snow cone flavor: Tiger’s Blood
I’m not sure if Tiger’s Blood is a common choice at your local snow cone stand. But in Idaho- it’s the most popular! So I’m going to share how to make the tiger’s blood flavoring so you can see how yummy it is!
You will make the sugar and water mixture as normal and then add
- 1/2 packet of Strawberry Koolaid
- 1/2 packet of Watermelon Koolaid
- 1/2 teaspoon Coconut Extract
Simmer that all together in a pan as you stir and after it cools, drizzle it over the crushed ice and tell me that not the best thing you’ve eaten!
Where to purchase snow cone syrup online
I also purchased a bunch of flavors online because I don’t know how to make them, like wedding cake, Bahama mama, and dreamsicle!
Walmart occasionally has flavors in store (usually during the summer!) But their flavors are pretty limited.
If you happen to live near a restaurant supply store, that is where I found the most bang for my buck. Gallon size of syrup for the same price as the pint size! I only grabbed one in the gallon size: Tiger’s blood. It’s our favorite so I knew we would use it!
I also bought some shaved ice syrup online from Hawaiian shaved ice. They had lots of unique flavors!
- I’ve heard you can use your food processor or blender to make your crush ice. If you don’t want to invest in a snow cone machine try that first!
- If you live where it snows, we grab fresh snow and make snow cones from it
- Try adding Ice Cream or Sweetened Condensed Milk! When we went to Hawaii, they served their snow cones this way and they were delicious!
Snow Cone recipe- free printables
Since we fell down deep in the Snow Cone Hole and had lots of cool syrups laying around. We decided we would test out and keep track of all the yummy snow cone combinations! Which resulted in me making some fun free printables! We have taken our snow cone machine to church events and family events and so we love having this graphic to help kids decide what kind of snow cone they want!
Grab the printable here:
We laminated ours so they would hold up with all that sticky syrup laying around!
Make sure to grab some snow cone cups and straws!
Snow Cone Recipe
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 packet (0.23 oz.) unsweetened drink mix (like koolaid!)
- Over medium-high heat bring water and sugar to a boil and let boil for 3 minutes until sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat and stir in Kool-Aid until completely dissolved.
- Let cool completely.
- Keep in the fridge in an airtight container.
- Can be kept in the fridge up to 4 weeks.
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