Super simple snowcone syrups for a stifling and sweltering summer.
About a year ago (almost exactly, actually), we bought a snow cone maker. Along with it, we bought a couple bottles of snow cone syrup. It has taken a whole year, but we have finally run out of syrups. We looked at stores, and either couldn’t find them at all or couldn’t find flavors that we cared to buy. We looked on Amazon found a fair few, but only in large quantities. So Michelle said, “I bet we can make some…”
This really couldn’t be any easier than it is. Sugar, water, Kool-aid (or some other non-branded packet of flavored powdered drink mix). That’s it. Super easy. You will need some sort of squeeze bottle for the finished product. You could put it in a jar, but a squeeze bottle allows for storage and dispensing all in one. I got 4 at Walmart for $1 each.
Essentially what you are doing is making a super concentrated Kool-aid. Or rather, you’re making a simple syrup and adding Kool-aid to it. Very easy.
Stir a cup of sugar and a cup of water together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Keep in mind, you aren’t making candy. This will not take long. Simmer it until the sugar is completely dissolved. Then take off the heat and stir in your non-branded flavored powdered drink mix.
The kool thing about this (see what I did there?) is that you can make any flavor you want, as long as you can find a packet of non-branded flavored powdered drink mix in that flavor. We made grape, blue raspberry, and black cherry (at different times, as you can probably tell by the picture below). We have plans to do green apple, orange, and any other delicious flavor we can find. Remember Purplesaurus Rex? Maybe I can find that again….
Anyway, after the Kool-aid is completely dissolved, allow the syrup to cool for at least 15 minutes. You do NOT want to accidentally pour this hot syrup on your hands. And I have it on good authority that the hot syrup will melt your squeeze bottles. Or so I am told…..
Once the syrup is completely cooled, store it in the fridge. Squirt it onto some shaved ice for a classic snow cone. Or mix with some seltzer water to make a fizzy yummy drink (like my black cherry fizz you see here). Or maybe use it to make up some weird new cocktail. If you come up with anything great, let me know!
DIY Snow Cone Syrup
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 pkt Kool-aid (or other flavored powdered drink mix)
- Stir together the water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Simmer and stir until the sugar is complete dissolved.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in Kool-aid. Stir until completely dissolved.
- Allow syrup to cool for at least 15 minutes. Pour into a squeeze bottle.
***Store in the fridge. Use as a flavor syrup for snow cones, or mix with soda to make different flavored drinks.***