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How to make snow cone syrup

Posted by  ·  July 13, 2009  ·  Last Updated: April 20, 2017

This machine has been getting a workout…

snowcone1because we have been eating tons of these!

snowcone2To make your own homemade syrup for snow cones you only need sugar, water and this

snowcone3Snow Cone Syrup Recipe

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

1 .22 ounce unsweetened powder drink mix

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then immediately remove from heat.  Don’t allow it to boil or you will make hard candy! Allow to cool. We used a funnel to put syrup into a recycled bottle.


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

snowcone5I 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.

Those Kool Aid packets are actually quite versatile! Did you know they can be used to make hair dye? Learn how to dye your hair with Kool Aid. It would be another fun kids activity.

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  1. Pedro
    Friday, September 20th, 2013
    I live in Brazil and tried to make this recipe without powdered juice but turned a caramel and hardened D:
    • Monday, September 23rd, 2013
      Hi Pedro, then it got too hot. Just let the sugar dissolve.Hope this helps!
  2. Holly smith
    Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
    I live in England, where can you get the little packets from?? Do you happen to know any suppliers?
  3. smart start daycare
    Thursday, June 20th, 2013
    our daycare makes a similar version but with a lot less sugar. I use 1pkg. kool-aid 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar or splenda for a sugar free variety. just heat water and sugar to boiling. stir until sugar is dissolved. turn heat down to med/high and continue to boil and stir for 5 additional min. to thicken. remove from heat. in sealable containers add 1 pkg kool aid powder. then use a funnel to add 1 cup of cooked clear syrup to each flavor container. cool all the way and cap tightly for storage. if using plastic containers, let the mixture cool 30 min. in the pan. glass containers can be mixed immediatley. use caution when touching the glass, they are extremely hot.

    tip: if using splenda use 1 cup and 1 1/2 cups splenda. bring water to a boil stir in splenda remove from heat immediatley. stir until dissolved.
  4. Diana
    Thursday, May 30th, 2013
    Got an awesome Snow cone maker from Amazon and it is wonderful. 50% off of the regular price. I'm so excited,
  5. chloe
    Friday, February 8th, 2013
    I'm 13 and my friends and I sell these when it is warmer. The store bought ones cost almost $3 and I'm tired of having to use my share of the cash to buy. This year I think I will try this instead because last year it was getting expensive.
  6. Heather
    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
    I am excited to find your recipe! I found by google "make snow cone syrup" . We are giving my son a snow cone maker for his 5th birthday and now have a use for the Kool-Aid packettes that I got free from my grocery store with purchase. This will save alot of money with four boys that love snow cones!
  7. candace
    Sunday, December 30th, 2012
    to answer everyone's question about storage; I just make sure my bottles lid is screwed on tight! and store on the shelf in kitchen cabinets. there is nothing in the ingred. that will go bad anytime soon. I have made a gallon size and it will be its 3rd summer in a few months. and the flavor is still great!. you just need to make sure all is clean to prevent ants and other sugar eating bugs.
    Sunday, December 30th, 2012
  9. Sara
    Saturday, July 28th, 2012
    Thank you! I am going to try this. I will be using stevia instead of sugar. I really enjoy your page. I come to it often when I am googling things. Thank you again!
  10. amber
    Thursday, July 26th, 2012
    I just want to say THANK YOU! I am a sno cone vendor and I just broke a gallon jug and needed it immed!! I did this with cherry real quick,,and I will be switching to doing my own syrups!I got RAVE reviews about its flavor--total cost to make a gallon-3.20 total savings of 7.75 per gallon!! AND MUCH MORE FLAVORS TO MAKE!!! THANK YOU!!
  11. Yvonne Mizelle
    Thursday, July 26th, 2012
    Thanxx for saving me mega-dollars in shipping and handling. That's about half the cost of the product. I was going to spend $37 in product and the S&H was $27. I'm happy I found this site.
  12. Linsey McKellip
    Sunday, July 8th, 2012
    we are going to try it
  13. MissPinkKate
    Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
    Thanks for the recipe (found via Google); I just made it to use with our new shaved ice machine and it looks AWESOME! Sad that I have to wait until it's no longer boiling hot to use....
  14. Carol
    Friday, June 29th, 2012
    How do you store any that is left over? I googled for a recipe for making the syrup after eating one we bought at a snow cone hut. Your webpage came up. I have enjoyed reading it all. Thank you very much.
  15. Monday, June 25th, 2012
    omg i have the same exact snow cone maker. i got mine at kmart 06-25-2012 just today and i came across this site wow talk about luck.
  16. Jessica
    Monday, June 25th, 2012
    Sounds awesome haven't tried it just yet but sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe, will definitley try. thanks again
  17. Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
    We love making snow cones as a summer treat too, but I've had a difficult time finding syrup at the stores, so my husband suggest googling how to make it with Kool-Aid. Thanks for the recipe! Once again, I'll be linking to your blog for my summer bucket list.
  18. LORI
    Friday, May 25th, 2012
    For the record, a much healthier option is to use first, a no color kool aid and second... stevia in place of half of that two cups of sugar. Stevia, has no caloric count, no glycemic index and is ten times sweeter than sugar.
  19. Saturday, May 12th, 2012
  20. Monday, May 7th, 2012
    we dont have those in new zealand! do we?
  21. Mickelle
    Sunday, April 29th, 2012
    @Patty- I refrigerate the syrup (that's what the store bought ones say to do). I don't know how long they're supposed to last, but ours have kept for about a year, when they get old the sugar starts to settle.
    @olga- for crushed ice , buy the pre-sweetened kool-aid (in the container). You blend 3 cups of ice ,1 cup of water. and 1/2 cup koolaid mix. These are great if you don't have an ice shaver.
  22. Friday, April 6th, 2012
    can you make the crushed ice without a special ice crusher thingy? some thing like blend ice.
  23. Patty
    Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
    Thanks! It costs $12.00 Canadian for 3 bottles. Ridiculous! That is why I serched for a home-made recipe. QUESTION: Does it have to be stored in the fridge? How long does it keep for?
    Thanks. :-)
  24. poopy
    Friday, March 16th, 2012
    this is stupid
  25. Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
    i hate it
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    Saturday, December 10th, 2011
    Hey people Paula and Wanda are two wonderful ladies who will answer questions until the cows come home.
  30. nikkii
    Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
    yanow im gonna try this thanx
  31. Rachel
    Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
    I too am wondering how you should store the syrup after it is cooled.... Please let me know!!
  32. martha
    Monday, May 30th, 2011
    do you put the syrup in the fridge after making it?
  33. Melanie M
    Friday, November 5th, 2010
    I wouldn't worry so much about the sugar, but the artificial colours and dyes can be a killer---literally! Derived from petroleum, they are known carcinogens, but what you might not know is their link to hyperactivity in children. So many parents think it's the sugar they're feeding their kids that makes them bounce off the walls, but it's really the artificials. Lest you think I'm a stick in the mud, not letting kids have snow cones, there are lots of flavourful, non-carcinogenic, natural ways to make colourful treats. For more information on the link between artificials and kids' behaviour, consult www.feingold.org.
  34. jodi
    Sunday, August 15th, 2010
    You can also make it with a sugar substitute. I made mine with sweet and low and it was awesome! Not sure how kid friendly that is, but I think splenda is kid friendly.
  35. Mary Gambrel
    Friday, August 6th, 2010
    Wow! We just made a batch and just had THE BEST snowcone (according to my 4yr old grandson). Thanks for sharing the recipe!
  36. laura
    Thursday, June 24th, 2010
    cannot thank you enough for saving the day. I went to 4 stores tonight looking for syryup. It's my son's lasy day of preschool tomorrow and I told him I would make snowcones for his class. Well no luck and then right there in the last store I figured their had to be a recipe online and voila there you were. Srups made and ready for the big day. And it tastes good too! Of course I had to taste test ;-)
  37. Moriah
    Monday, April 12th, 2010
    Great..works well <3 it
  38. karin
    Sunday, October 4th, 2009
    thanks for the idea I have tried to find it in stores and needed it for my duaghters school being a seasonal item no one had it . thanks for the help it made the carnvial a success
  39. Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
    Thank you so much for posting this! We realized that the store bought syrup is a seasonal item and the stores have quit carrying it. We have a similar maching and, living in California, love our snow cones almost year round - at least to Thanksgiving! Thanks again - you saved the day.
  40. NHLeslie
    Thursday, August 13th, 2009
    Great idea - thnanks for sharing! I'll try it this week in prep for our sno-cone stand. Here in New Hampshire we sometimes make them with maple syrup - a nice healthy alternative. It takes after a tradition called "sugar on snow." When the first batch of maple syrup is finished in the spring, we pour hot, thickened syrup on a pan of snow and it makes a toffee-like candy. We serve it with a doughnut and a dill pickle!

    More healthy ideas - could probably make the syrup with honey, and add natural flavoring.

    Oh - and have you tried adding a creamy flavor with some watered-down condensed milk? Could probably make that, too. Yum!
  41. Tanya
    Thursday, July 30th, 2009
    Wow .... what a $$ saver. I made 3 batches today. Very yummy!!
  42. Dee Dee
    Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
    Wow! I was participating in a mission trip in which it was my responsibility to travel to 7 public parks and make sno cones for children participating in Bible clubs. I ran out of bought syrup and nearly panicked. After searching stores frantically I realized there must be a recipe. Wa - la ! I used the recipe and lots of children were happy! I've made 8 gallons in two days. Fun! Fun!
  43. Friday, July 17th, 2009
    WOW! I never knew! Thanks for the yummy info, now we can make our own refreshing and delicious treats at home.
  44. Thursday, July 16th, 2009
    I used this recipe yesterday to make the syrup , works great ,kids loved it , it was so hard for them to wait , I should have made it in the evening and let it cool overnight , BIG HIT >
  45. Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
    Made some grape ones today...LOVE IT! It really works...thanks you saved me a bunch of money on those syrups. I want to have a sno-cone party now ;-)
  46. Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I tried it the other day and it works like a charm...the kids LOVED them!
  47. Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
    I got a group of kids coming tomorrow! Guess what I am doing!!!! Thanks1 I linked to this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com
  48. Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
    I will be doing this tomorrow!
  49. Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
    This is a great one! I am really excited to try it out. Thanks for the tip.
  50. Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
    That sounds really good! We love snowcones here too!
  51. GenTX
    Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
    I made this with the kids yesterday they loved it. Thanks for sharing.
  52. Monday, July 13th, 2009
    I am so doing this! Those syrups are expensive...love it...thank you!
  53. Monday, July 13th, 2009
    My kids will love this. Thanks for sharing :D
  54. Monday, July 13th, 2009
    Wonderful idea! Thanks!

    And I don't think you're a hypocrite at all - it's one thing to devote an entire meal (breakfast) to sugary shapes doused in milk, and another to supplement a meal with a nice cold treat. Makes perfect sense to me (also, I love my cold treats too, so I'm kind of defending my own position as well)!
  55. Monday, July 13th, 2009
    What a great idea! We have so many of those Kool-Aid packets that we'll have plenty of flavors from which to chose. Not to mention that we've been meaning to break out the snow cone machine. Thanks for the reminder!
  56. Monday, July 13th, 2009
    Oh I love this idea and am going to go buy one of the ice machines today. This would be perfect to serve the kids outside when they are swiming and want a little break.

    I never knew how to make the syrups before so thank you.

  57. Monday, July 13th, 2009
    my kids would luv this
  58. Monday, July 13th, 2009
    So EXCITED! We have the exact same machine and ours gets a work out at least twice a day in the AZ heat! (nothing wrong with a little shaved ice at 9:30 in the morning!) Our counters look like a water and ice store with all the syrups we have! Thanks for the awesome tip, I can't wait to try it!
  59. Marianne
    Monday, July 13th, 2009
    Well, we must do what we have to to stay cool in the summer. And you're only a kid once, they'll remember these fun times.
  60. Monday, July 13th, 2009
    I am SOOOO excited to try this!!!
  61. Monday, July 13th, 2009
    Thanks for the recipe! Its way cheaper than regular syrup. You are such a fun mom.
  62. liz anderson
    Monday, July 13th, 2009
    I use fruit juice for the ocassional treat. The coloring is at least natural, but you still have the sugar (albeit natural sugar) stigma. With all things parenting, it's pick your poison, right?