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Snow Cone Syrup {Recipe}

Posted by  ·  July 15, 2011  ·  Last Updated: July 15, 2011

It is HOT here in Kansas with triple digit temperatures so

this machine is getting a workout…


because we have been eating tons of these!


How to make snow cone syrup

To make your own homemade syrup for snow cones you only need sugar, water and unsweetened powdered drink mix.


Snow Cone Syrup Recipe

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

1 – .22 ounce (these vary in weights by brand) unsweetened powder drink mix

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat to dissolve sugar. Bring to a boil and then immediately remove from heat.  Don’t allow mixture to boil for longer than a minute or your syrup will be too thick. Allow to cool. We used a funnel to put syrup into a recycled bottle.


Pour syrup over shaved ice and enjoy!


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  1. Jennifer Johnson
    Friday, June 29th, 2018
    how did you make a bubble gum flavor? have you made a cotton candy or banana flavor? If so how
  2. MissMaryContrary
    Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
    Thank you Ruth for sharing a sugar-free recipe! I just spent $7.00+ tax yesterday on some sugar-free Torani syrup to make italian cream sodas. This should work just as brilliantly for a fraction of the cost.
  3. Andrea
    Thursday, July 5th, 2012
    how to I make the cotton candy snow cone flavoring please...niece is coming for a visit in a few days and loves cotton candy....
  4. Lisa
    Monday, April 30th, 2012
    Having a Birthday party and was cringing at the cost of syrup for the snow cones. You have saved the day and gotten the little one another present.
  5. Monday, March 12th, 2012
    Awesome! Found you through Tip Junkie :) Thanks for sharing.
    Here in Hawaii we don't have snow cones, we have shave ice (yes there is a difference-shave ice is much more finely ground). Anywho, I'll have to try out your recipe. We also put a little condensed milk on ours.
  6. Kellie Smith
    Monday, March 12th, 2012
    Thank you! :)
  7. Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
    Forget the splenda! It's poison, but if you want a diabetic safe alternative you can use stevia. Some people think stevia has a weird flavor, but if you mix it in bottle and let set over night it looses any "weird" flavor.

    Also, you could make a honey syrup with equal parts honey and water. Or better yet, honey and real juice. That gives you an option for a sweet treat to give the kids without all the artificial stuff.
  8. Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
    My husband has been reminiscing about the sno-cones he ate as a child lately. What a special treat this will be to make for him! Thanks for sharing. :)
  9. Sunday, July 17th, 2011
    I never even thought about making my own snowcone syrup! This is fantastic! Thanks for the recipe! I just found your blog tonight via Tatertots & Jello & am enjoying all your craft ideas and recipes! I also love your blog header & the cute stripes going down the columns. Can you tell me who designed your blog? I've been thinking about having someone do a header for me with a cute cartoon look, like yours. It's so cute! Thanks, Patti in TX
  10. Sunday, July 17th, 2011
    yum! i must save this one!
  11. Saturday, July 16th, 2011
    This is perfect! I just told my husband last night that we never use our snow cone maker because I never have any syrup for it. I also just ran across some Kool-aid packets that have been in there for quite a while too. My kids will certainly thank you :)
  12. Saturday, July 16th, 2011
    Thank you for the fabulously simple recipe! Yes, Oz has been V-E-R-Y hot for the past week and a half. You know when churches start posting "Satan called, he'd like his weather back" on their meeting signs that it's officially too hot!
  13. Ruth
    Saturday, July 16th, 2011
    Sugar-Free Snow Cone Syrup

    My husband is diabetic. He loves to make a sugar-free cherry syrup to add to his Coke Zero. This is a good recipe for all flavors of sugar-free syrup.

    2 (1/4 ounce) packages of unsweetened Kool-Aid powdered drink mix
    1 1/2 cups Splenda sugar substitute
    water (about 3 cups)

    Place Splenda and Kool Aid powder to a 4 cup glass measuring cup. Add water to the 4 cup mark. Stir gently to combine. (Splenda will dissolve very quickly)

    Transfer fo plastic squirt bottles. Refregerate and use as needed. To use, just add desired amount in beverage or over shaved ice and serve.
  14. Pam
    Saturday, July 16th, 2011
    These can be made sugar free by using a sugar substitute instead. Try one dram of a flavoring, Lor-ann are great, and the flavor possibilities expand. Bubble gum and root beer are our family favorites!
  15. Monique
    Saturday, July 16th, 2011
    In our house as soon as the temp feel like summer and summer vacation is about to start or starts we bring out the snow cone machine and it sits out on my counter (even though it doesn't match the decor,haha) the entire summer until it gets too cold for snow cones and snow is around the corner

    I saw this last year and meant to make them and lost the link (broken computer), I am so grateful for pinterest
    thanks a tone my kids will be grateful, now to find some containers
  16. Laura
    Saturday, July 16th, 2011
    It even works with the sugar substitutes that measure like sugar. Did it for my son's carnival birthday so the moms wouldn't be hit with sugar overload and the end of the party. Especially with the cotton candy & cracker jack!
  17. Friday, July 15th, 2011
    Thanks for sharing this recipe and they are really CUTE (more like ADORABLE) children.
  18. Friday, July 15th, 2011
    It's official!
    I TOTALLY wanna come spend the SUMMER at your house!
    You guys do all my FAVORITE things!
    I haven't had a SNOW~CONES since I left THE SOUTH!
    We don't even have a SONIC!!!!
    I LOVE snow~cones!!!
    One of my favorite things!
    Pinning this...of course!
    Hugs from Bainbridge!
    I need to set up a SNOW~CONE hut on this island~!
  19. Jonni
    Friday, July 15th, 2011
    Yum! What a great idea! Thank you. BTW, your family is adorable.
  20. Friday, July 15th, 2011
    I'm so excited about this. We love snow cones but sometimes it's hard to find syrup to purchase and then the flavors are so limited. This will be insanely fun!!! Pinning.
  21. Friday, July 15th, 2011
    We've got one of those machines too, and we are almost out of the bottle of syrup I bought. This will be so much cheaper! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)
  22. Alice
    Friday, July 15th, 2011
    Thank you so much for this recipe. My grandchildren are going to love it. We in Florida are having very hot temperatures also and this will surely come in handy.