Are you wondering how to make homemade snow cone syrup? I’ve tried many recipes, made a few adjustments and have finally come up with the easiest recipe that is sure to be a crowd pleaser for not just the kiddos but the adults too!!!
This recipe is so simple and takes about 10-12 minutes to make with ingredients that you likely have on hand! So let’s get started and make some homemade snow cone syrup! STEP 1: Gather your ingredients.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup of water
- 1 bottle of flavoring (OR one packet of kool aid/individual drink packet-see more info below on flavoring options)
STEP 2: In a medium sized pan combine the 1 cup of water with the 2 cups of sugar.
Did I mention this is NOT a healthy snack! 😉
STEP 3: Heat the water/sugar mixture on the stove on high so it will combine.
Once it gets to a rolling boil (and I mean rolling-like pictured below) time it for 3 minutes-stirring frequently. If you go over 3 minutes your syrup will be a really thick texture and not a syrup like we want. Don’t go over 3 minutes.
Step 4: Remove from heat and add flavoring.
****This is where you have countless flavor options, I am going to share my favorite first****
(Option A) One little bottle of flavoring will flavor the entire syrup mixture we just made. I found these at our local pharmacy and there were tons of yummy flavors. They were $1 a piece. Making this a fairly cheap treat to make!
(Option B) Another option that works is if you use a standard packet of kool aid or even a single serve packet of drink flavoring. The first time I tried this I didn’t have any little flavoring bottles on hand, but I did have 1 grape drink packet left from school lunches that never got used. It was one of those that you just pour into a water bottle and shake. It flavored the syrup with a very bold grape flavor! I like using the bottle flavors more because the varieties are more than just your average grape, cherry, blueberry, etc…but definitely try it if that is what you have on hand and you want to make this right now!
Anyway, now that you have stirred in your flavor your syrup will be hot. You want to pour it into something that won’t melt. I used glass mason jars. As you can see I was too lazy to go to the garage attic to get a 3rd smaller jar for the cotton candy snow cone syrup (blue) I made, so it went into a big jar…although it looks like less, it is the same amount as the other’s.
This is the hardest part, waiting for it to cool long enough before gobbling it up. I let it sit for about an hour before the kid’s pleading finally got the best of me and I poured the still warm syrup over our shaved ice.
The day we made these syrups I had 8 kids in my care as my friend was in the hospital having her 6th child. They were a HUGE hit! I didn’t have any cute little cones to put them in (like a good blogger would have done for cuter pictures) but I did have some big cups that worked just great! 😉 I like my snow cones with LOTS of snow cone syrup, so I made them pretty slushy! Cotton candy was the biggest hit.
The younger kids really loved the bubble gum flavored one:
I really enjoyed the root beer one. The syrup was really easy to make, SUPER cheap-especially when you compare the cost to what it would have cost for me to go down to the local snow cone shop to buy 9 snow cones- and fun. WARNING: This syrup is very very very sticky! I suggest these be eaten outside.
Once the syrup is completely cooled I poured them into empty water bottles and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. YUM! If you liked this post please use the PIN IT button on one of the photos above and share it with your friends or save it on your Facebook timeline for later! Thanks for stopping by to learn how to make homemade snow cone syrup.