In my neck of the woods, snow cone stands seem to be popping up in every parking lot. On a hot day, what sounds better than a nice, frosty snow cone? However, what’s in the syrups that go over all that innocent ice leaves something to be desired. My grandmother told me that if I can’t say anything nice, I shouldn’t say anything at all…so this is what I have to say about the ingredients in snow cone syrup:
Yep, there’s really nothing nice to say. In fact, there are at least 2 ingredients that are typically found in traditional syrups that are banned in Europe because they are known to cause health issues! But the good news is, you don’t have to give up enjoying a nice, cold snow cone this summer. You just have to be creative! Here’s an idea for delicious, healthy Real Food Snow Cones that you’ll feel good about serving your kids on a hot day.
If you’re going to be making a lot of snow cones, you might want to own an ice shaver. You can crush ice in a blender or food processor, but the really light and fluffy ice comes from a shaver. Ours is a simple one that my daughter got for her birthday one year, it’s easy to use and does a wonderful job of producing mounds of fluffy, snowy ice. There are a lot of different models available and most of them are very reasonably priced.
My favorite way to enjoy a real food snow cone is to make it with frozen whole fruit. Just choose your fruit, puree it in a food processor, and then freeze it. You can sweeten it with honey if you’d like, or just let the sweet flavors of the fruit shine through. You can combine different fruit or make it all one flavor…I used watermelon, strawberries and blueberries in mine but you could also use mango, pineapple, peach, cherry…the possibilities are endless! For a creamier snow cone, throw in some coconut milk or yogurt. Melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and no scary additives or neon food dyes. All the refreshing fun of a snow cone, without any of the drawbacks! It’s going to be a great summer.
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Do you have a real food snow cone recipe to share?