Homemade Snow Cone Syrup

The nice weather has my children making snow cones again like crazy.  The syrup for these can be costly but my Mom used to make this when we were kids for a fraction of the price!


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • (1) .22 ounce unsweetened powder drink mix (kool-aid, etc.)


  1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Stir over medium heat to dissolve sugar.
  3. Bring to a boil and then immediately remove from heat.
  4. Don’t allow mixture to boil for longer than a minute or your syrup will be too thick.
  5. Allow to cool.
  6. Save in recycled bottle

Nostalgia Electrics SCM-502 Vintage Collection Old Fashioned Snow Cone Maker

Meal Type: Gluten Free

Comments & Reviews

  • that’s so cool! My son was asking for a snowcone today but we don’t have any shaved ice….any idea how to make some? or do you have to have something that makes it?

  • My question – how do you store it after making? Can it sit on a shelf or does it need to go into the fridge?

  • Yes, snow cones are excellent when it is hot. I’ve just started making them as well and I am so excited because the kids love them and they are just exceptionally frugal! Especially when you make the syrup yourself as well, like the one in your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • YEARS ago I bought a plug-in snow cone maker that uses regular ice. I still use it today.
    I’ve never boiled my recipe, but I simply make Kool-Aid as directed on the package, except with half the water. I’d like to try the boiled version; I bet it will be thicker that way. 🙂

  • Thanks for posting! We just ran out of some store bought flavors and wanted to re-use the bottles. Great suggestion!!! Now I know what to do 🙂

  • This is basically a simple syrup recipe with koolaid. If you want something with better flavor try adding pineapple juice instead of the koolaid and when the syrup is hot throw in a sprig of rosemary and let steep for a bit, like tea. I like doing fresh mint with peach necter or strained puree with the simple syrup. Strawberries pureed with the simple is great too.. you can kick that up with a little mint or lemon also… YUMMM. ANything with simple syrup should be cooled then stored airtight in the fridge for up to 7 days. It NEVER lasts that long.

  • You can put your ice in strong plastic bag. place bagged ice on floor with towel under it. Gently beat ice with hammer. This will crush your ice. Now you can make your water ice.

Leave a Review/Reply

Want to see your picture by your comment? Get your custom avatar by registering for free at Gravatar.

Your email address will not be published.