How to Make Snow Cones

How to Make Snow Cones |

Summer is the season for snow cones; last year when we visited my sister in Montana, we had the rainbow version with 4 flavors of sugary syrup on a scoop of snowy ice at a baseball game.

This summer, when my four kids, husband and I visited my sister and her family there were s’mores around the outdoor fire pit every night plus other special dessert we make only when our families are together. Since my sister is also a dietitian, we were looking for healthier options for refreshment after playing outdoors in the sprinklers.

Enter Homemade Snow ConesĀ made with fruit and honey.

How to Make Snow Cones |

I saw this recipe for Mixed Berry and Apple-Honey Snow last summer in the Chicago Tribune. And I’ve been wanting to try it ever since. While rummaging through my sister’s kitchen (she’s so accommodating to her food blogging sister!) I found the below white plastic “snow cone” holders – actually funnels.

How to Make Snow Cones |

We popped a fresh strawberry in the bottom to keep the snow cone from dripping. It worked fairly well – although to make it totally drip-proof, I’d recommend stopping up the hole with a strawberry plus a layer of plastic wrap. And since we didn’t have enough white cones for all the kids, we also served the fruity snow ice in fancy dessert dishes. (Tip: To get kids to choose a healthy snack over a not-so-healthy-one, just serve it in a fancy dish!)

I used this snow ice recipe in the Tribune with these modifications:

  • 1/4 cup of honey instead of 1/3 cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons fresh orange juice instead of 1 tablespoon lemon juice; this yielded more fruity juice to pour over the snow!
  • Skipped the pomegranate
  • Used less mint (for the kids)
  • Our refrigerator worked fairly well for crushing ice; you could also use a blender or food processor to ‘shave’ ice.

How to Make Snow Cones |

What are you serving for healthy summer refreshment?

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  1. I much prefer these to cones of ice filled with artificial color and flavor! Yum!
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  2. Yes! I craved snow cones throughout my entire pregnancy – I would have loved this!! :)
    Carrie recently posted..Strawberry Shortcake WafflesMy Profile

  3. Fabulous idea and you are spot on about serving food in fancy dishes to get kids to partake :-) Can’t wait to make this with my kids this summer!
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  4. The glasses make these snow cones so elegant! Love the real fruit!
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