This two ingredient Kool-Aid Shaved Ice and Snow Cone Syrup is a game changer for homemade slushies!
I’m an avid shaved ice and snow cone lover! So much so, that as a child, my biggest aspiration in life was to work at a shaved ice shack!
My dreams finally came true at the age of twenty-four. My husband and I had been married for about a year and were finishing up our undergrad degrees at Utah State University. We both worked while we were in school, but during the summer we took off from classes and both decided to add a second job to earn more money.
You’ll never guess what job I went for. That’s right, the slush shack. The woman who interviewed me was quick to tell me that most of the other people working there were between 14 and 17. Ha!!! I didn’t care. The only thing I wanted to know was if I could eat all of the shaved ice I wanted while I was at work.
The answer was “yes,” and I still count it as one of the best summers of my life.
That fall, however, when I started seeing an OBGYN because I was pregnant with my first child, it was embarrassing to admit to him that the reason I looked so familiar was because I worked at the slush shack he frequented with his kids.
So now you know that I’m one million percent obsessed with shaved ice!
Two summers ago, I saw an infomercial for a Ninja Blender System. I had been wanting a heavy duty blender for a long time and was still trying to swallow the four and five hundred dollar price tags. I just couldn’t do it!
The Ninja System was advertised for about $200 and came with a food processor attachment and some smoothie/magic bullet-type attachments. I was already 80 percent sure I was going to call and buy it, but then they pulled out a fancy little trick it could do, and before I knew it I had dialed the number and was on the line with a representative.
“What was that trick?”
They took ice cubes, put them in the blender, hit HIGH, and voila! It turned into fluffy snow, perfect for delicious shaved ice.
I’ve had other little gadgets that were supposed to make shaved ice. Ugh, some worked better than others. But they all had things that made them a total pain, and just one more gadget that only got used once a year (if it was lucky). I love that my Ninja is always on my counter and I can whip up snow cones for the kids in less than two minutes on hot summer days.
Years ago, a good friend taught me how to make Kool-Aid Snow Cone Syrup, and now I keep Kool-Aid packets on hand so I can keep the shaved ice comin’!
All you need is some sugar and a Kool-Aid packet of your choice.
I like to make two or three flavors at a time so the kids have a variety of flavors to choose from. I found some little bottles that work great for mixing it and keeping it in the fridge. Before I had the clear plastic bottles, I just used a big cup or whatever I had around. These clear bottles on Amazon are similar to mine, but I found mine at my local grocery store, and I have seen similar ones at Walmart.
I’m not sure if all heavy-duty blenders can turn ice cubes into snow, but if you have a Ninja, you’ve gotta try it! So fun! And if you don’t…grab some ice from Sonic. They have the yummy, little ice. And pour some syrup over that for a refreshing and hydrating treat!
Also, can we talk real quickly about how much it costs to buy myself and all four of my kids a shaved ice these days? Kool-Aid packets are generally between 20 and 25 cents each. I can make snow cones for everyone and their friends for about 50 cents. WINNING!!!
- 1 packet of Kool-Aid of your choice
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- Add all ingredients to a clear squeezable bottle (condiment bottles work great) put lid on and shake until all of the sugar is dissolved.
- If you don't have a bottle, you can whisk it in a bowl until all of the sugar is dissolved.
- Squeeze or pour over shaved ice. Enjoy!