Things are heating up, the 4th of July sets off a stream of BBQ parties and lots of frolicking in the sun. The pitter patter of children cooling themselves in sprinklers and swimming pools makes me nostalgic for snow cones. Do you remember the times when men pushed their snow cone carts around boardwalks and State Fairs? Samuel Bert of Dallas first sold snow cones at the State Fair of Texas in 1919, and he invented a snow cone-making machine in 1920. By the time of my childhood, it was rather a truck driving down the neighborhood playing some lighthearted music to draw in the neighborhoods children like the sirens of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
Whatever it may have been in your day the thought of mouthfuls of fruity flavored snow on a hot summer day is simply delightful and no doubt it will draw anyone near a circulation of snow cones. We went out of the way and got ourselves an old-fashioned snow cone machine. It’s just so much fun to make!
However, those store-bought syrups are a no-no. They are, simply put, nasty. Why buy them when it’s so easy to make. It’s as easy as boiling up fruit of your choice with sugar and then blending and straining. No artificial flavors, no corn syrup, and it tastes way better! Here is my version of Lemon Lime Snow Cones made the old-fashioned way at home.
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup lime juice
2 cups sugar
yellow or green food color (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan on medium heat and bring to boil.
- Pour into a serving container and allow to cool.
- Pour generously on shaved ice or snow and enjoy.