The blazing sunshine means that even I've been wearing strappy tops and sandals!
The kids have been begging for ice lollies every 15 minutes (Chris too), so to save my whole freezer being taken over by shop-bought popsicles, I've been making snow cones!!
I first made them a couple of years ago for another site, and at the time, I accidentally bought about a thousand snow cone cups.
The English weather means I've used about 27 of them since then, but this summer we're going to make a real dint in that unintentional Amazon purchase!
(By the way you can buy the snow cone cups here) <-- affiliate link
We start off making the fruit syrup, which I've made from cartons of fruit juice.
It's a simple case of boiling and reducing the fruit juice in a pan with some sugar until slightly thickened.
I used Orange, Apple, Pineapple and Cherry juice so we have a selection of flavours on tap.
I also stirred a little food colouring gel into the orange, apple and pineapple ones. This is completely optional, but trust me, a bright green apple snow cone looks far more appetizing than a suspiciously yellow-snow coloured snow cone.
Making the shaved ice is really simple. Just whizz up ice cubes or crushed ice in a food processor (I have this one) in short bursts (you'll need to scrape down the bowl in between each burst) until the ice is soft and fluffy. Then you're good to go!
Cheap, tasty and a real hit with the kids!!
The Snow Cones with Homemade Fruit Syrup Recipe:
Snow Cones with Homemade Fruit Syrup
- 750 ml orange juice - fresh or from concentrate
- 750 ml pineapple juice - fresh or from concentrate
- 750 ml cherry juice - fresh or from concentrate
- 750 ml apple juice - fresh or from concentrate
- 200 g granulated sugar
- Shaved ice - place ice cubes or crushed ice in a food processor and pulse until the ice is finely crushed and ‘fluffy’
- Food colouring gel – green - red and yellow (optional)
- Pour each of the fruit juices into separate saucepans. Add 50g (¼ cup) of sugar to each. Stir and bring to the boil, then simmer on a medium heat until reduced by approximately two-thirds. This takes around 30-50 minutes, depending on the juice.
- Add a small blob of food colouring gel to the fruit juices if using. Use green for the apple flavour, red for the orange flavour and yellow for the pineapple flavour. Cherry juice shouldn't need any food colouring.
- Stir in until completely mixed, then leave the syrups to cool. They will thicken slightly when cool*.
- Spoon the shaved ice into cones, bowls or cups and pour 1-2 tbsp of the syrup of your choice on top of each cone. Serve immediately.
Making the fruit syrups ahead:*Once you've made and cooled the syrups, you can pour them into seal-able containers and refrigerate if you wish. They should keep for at least two weeks. . Nutritional information is approximate, per snow cone, based on using 1/10 of the each syrup per snow cone (the nutritional calculator pulls in nutritional info for all of the juices, then works out an average - so the nutritional info may not be exact for each flavour).
I first made this recipe for DIYs.
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