Hang on to your taste buds because we’re about to hit you with a homemade snow cone syrup recipe!  This recipe is super easy to follow and just requires three ingredients that you can find at any grocery store. Best of all, you can adjust the flavors to your liking. So gather up the kids and get ready for a summer treat that will have everyone smiling from ear to ear!

Homemade Snow Cone Syrup

This machine has been getting a workout… (I noticed our machine has been discontinued so I found this one that looks amazing.

We have been eating tons of these snow cones!


To make your own homemade syrup for snow cones you only need sugar, water, and Kool-Aid drink mix packets.


Snow Cone Syrup Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 – .22 ounce unsweetened powder drink mix

How to make Snow Cone Syrup

  1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and then immediately remove from heat. 
  3. Allow to cool.
  4. We used a funnel to put the syrup into a recycled bottle.

Pour syrup over shaved ice (our machine makes great soft shaved ice) and enjoy!


I know I know, this is not healthy and I am one of those moms that won’t buy sugared cereal—- sorry I am a bit of a hypocrite (especially since I feed my kids this too)! Snow cones are definitely a treat, one we love! Making the snow cone syrup yourself is so much cheaper than buying the flavored syrup from the store and it tastes better.


Snow Cone Syrup Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 22 ounce unsweetened powder drink mix


  • Mix all ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and then immediately remove from heat.
  • Allow to cool.
  • We used a funnel to put the syrup into a recycled bottle.


Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.04mg
Servings: 36
Course: Dessert
Author: Cindy Hopper


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  1. Do you have to refrigerate the left over syrup?? What kind of shelf life does this have?

  2. LOVE this! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. We inherited a sno-cone machine last year, but I hated paying for the syrup, so we didn’t use it as much as dd would have like to.

    Q: wonder if a sugar substitute would work in your recipe? Did you ever try it? Or maybe Crystal Light? I’m thinking it wouldn’t, since you need the sugar to make a syrup, right? Hmmmm…. thinking….

  3. Now I nned to go out and buy a snow cone maker! We like to go CO. State fair and some local ones too, so this is great for our family. Thanks for posting it. Some of these parents act like this is almost ‘dangerous’ to give to their kids, did they ever eat sugar as a kid. Brush their teeth twice a day adn cook at home, make them go outside and play. I think the kids will be alright.

  4. What a great idea and money saver thanks for the great idea. I love your blog.

  5. We own 3 sets of the silicone snow cones and they are awesome. You can squeeze them to raise the snow cone at the bottom of the cup and they wash up really easy. Well worth the money. The stands work great also, especially when you are making more then one snow cone.

  6. Oooh I love snow cones (or slush puppies as they’re more often called in the UK), but I hadn’t thought of making my own syrup! Off to make some now…have a great weekend 😀

  7. I also think infused simple syrups would be tasty. I did a lime simple syrup recently that I use for all kinds of things and little would go a long way. Any citrus would work nicely, or vanilla, almond, lemonade, etc.

  8. It is 1 package —the measurements do differ on the Kool-Aid and the store brand.

  9. In reply to Michelle’s question, what was meant was 1 pkg the kool-aid mix. There’s a space between the 1 and the .22, but it’s hard to see.

  10. Thanks for posting this…what a great money saving idea…and this would be fantastic to serve the kids at our annual back 2 school carnival!! Thanks again!

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