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Snow Cones with Homemade Fruit Syrup

How to make Snow Cones with homemade fruit syrup – you’ll be eating these all Summer! Plus a quick tip on making shaved ice!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword ice, ice lolly, shaved ice, snow cone, snow cone syrup, summer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 40 snow cones (10 of each flavour)
Author Nicky Corbishley


  • 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 (1/4 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). 

Nutritional Information

Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 112mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 11.4mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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