Fresh Raspberry Lemonade Snow Cones | Virtually Homemade: Fresh Raspberry Lemonade Snow Cones

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fresh Raspberry Lemonade Snow Cones

My daughter absolutely adores snow cones.  Every summer we pull our little machine out and dust it off.  An electric snow cone maker is a must!  Manual ones are just way too exhausting.  We’ve had a few different machines over the last few years.  Either they only last one season or we just work it until it collapses.

We’ve also experimented with a lot of store bought syrups.  They are always brightly colored, sticky and very sweet.  Therefore, they are very unhealthy and surprisingly expensive.

This simple food blogger finally realized she could easily make her own syrups using fresh fruit, sugar and water.  I do add sugar (hopefully drastically less), but no preservatives or any of those ghastly food colorings that leave your tongue red or blue.

Of course I can’t create flavors like bubblegum, cotton candy or blue raspberry but I am sure you won’t miss them once you taste this fresh and fruity concoction.

For these snow cones, I shaved the ice and packed it down into 9 ounce plastic cups.  Then I created the dome by filling a scoop with ice and placing on top.  I then re-freezed that ice to make a nice solid frozen treat.  For a more slushy consistency, just shave ice and immediately pour on syrup.

Fresh Raspberry Lemonade Snow Cones
Yields about 10 snow cones

  • 6 ounce container fresh raspberries
  • 2 cups store bought or fresh lemonade
  • 1 cup sugar
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine raspberries, lemonade and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat on medium heat until the fruit mixture begins to boil and the sugar is dissolved. Let cool.
  2. With an immersion blender, puree raspberries in the saucepan. Pour raspberry lemonade mixture through a sieve and gently press on solids to extract the juice.
  3. Pour into a metal jar or container and store in the refrigerator.
  4. Shave your ice and pour desired amount of syrup on top.