When my son and his family were living with us, I was reminiscing about the snow cones we used to get at the snack bar of all of the Little League games my kids played in. And then, I found a Snow Cone Machine on clearance at our local grocery store for about $7.00! I decided it would be perfect to keep my grandchildren cooled off and happy and a great treat for when they were playing out in the backyard wading pool. I was even able to find the syrups on sale as well! I later found out that the company (Jelly Belly) had discontinued the model I purchased and came out with another one. But, you can still purchase the one similar to the one I have on Amazon.
It is surprising how well this little machine shaves the ice for snow cones! I just use regular ice cubes from my freezer and this little thing goes to town, shaving the ice fairly quickly. No one has to wait their turn very long. When I bought the machine, it came with little pointy snow cone cups, but we used those up quickly and now I use paper cups instead. They are easier to find and just a little sturdier for little hands I think.
Cook and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Allow to simmer at least 3 minutes, or longer to make it thicker.
Remove from the heat and stir in 1 package of unsweetened Kool Aid or other powdered drink mix.
Alternatively, you may add an extract, such as root beer extract or lemon, to taste.
Allow the syrup to cool then pour it into a squirt bottle to use on your snow cones.
Have a fun weekend!