Easy, homemade snow cones

Today, most kids are happily playing in the snow while their parents are wishing it would just melt away. Here’s one fun way to get rid of the snow–eat it! Try my recipe for homemade Chicago “snow” cones. It’s made with real outdoor snow and homemade syrup, and it takes just minutes to make. Your kids are going to love this yummy recipe!


Good to know

Use a spoon or straw to eat your homemade snow cones.


Snow melts fast, so enjoy these treats right away!


The syrup is good for 10 or more snow cones. When finished, store any leftover syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two months.


2 c. of snow per each snow cone

1 c. water

1 c. sugar

Kool Aid liquid (I like cherry and grape)


In a saucepan, mix the water and sugar and bring to a boil. Stir occasionally for about two minutes until the sugar is dissolved.

Remove from the stove and divide the liquid into two bowls. In one bowl, squirt about eight drops of one Kool Aid liquid flavor. In the other bowl, do the same with the other flavor, until the desired color is achieved.

Put the bowls in the refrigerator until the liquid is cold. When it’s ready, take your kids outside and have them scoop about 10 cups of fresh snow into a large container (this will make about five snow cones). Make sure it’s clean snow!

Back inside, put the snow into a 1-cup measuring cup and press down until the snow is compact. Keep filling until the cup is full. Turn the cup over, shape it into a ball and put the snow ball into a bowl or snow cone cup. Spoon flavoring over the snow and enjoy!

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