so summer in new york city is great, truly, i’m like a broken record and i know. BUT, there aren’t really any places to get sno cones in the city! just a whole lotta ice cream trucks and smaller helado stands near the playgrounds. but everyone knows that sno cones are where it’s at! (especially if you dump a bunch of condensed milk on top, but i’m trying to be better and not do that.) we used to trek down to the meatpacking district for some new orleans style snoballs but they have since moved back to new orleans (we visited them when we were there last summer! if you’re ever there, GO! best ever).
i ordered this hawaiian shaved ice machine a few weeks ago and we have been having some good fun making our own sno cones at home! it’s kind of a win win, too, because we’ve been making our own homemade toppings full of yummy vegetables and fruits so it’s easier to let the kids make these knowing there aren’t any artificial sweeteners or color dyes. the recipes are below!
rolling the limes to get them prepped for squeezing out the juice! i didn’t know this was a thing but josh says it’s a thing. or it’s a thing now!
samson kept taking bites out of all the fruit he was in charge of adding to the blender! he ate a good fourth of our watermelon on this day. ha!
i also found these little silicone sno cone cups and swirl straws, which have been great because you can reuse them and they DO NOT LEAK!
the strawberry watermelon mint is the kids favorite!
for your reference, here’s two recipes below for some toppings we enjoy! we feel like we shouldn’t to buy or use a special topping or special sweetened syrup. you can just puree some fresh fruit as a healthy alternative. and adding a sprig of mint is a great way to dress it up a bit!
mint strawberry watermelon recipe:
2 cups strawberry
1 cup watermelon
a few fresh leaves of mint
(puree or blend everything until it’s in a liquid form! it’s great to chill it in the fridge for a bit before serving on top of your ice so it doesn’t melt the ice as quickly.)
cucumber lime recipe:
1 english cucumber
1/8 cup agave syrup (or sugar)
juice from 2-3 limes
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 1/2 cups water
(puree or blend everything until it’s in a liquid form. like the top recipe, we’ve noticed that chilling it in the fridge for a while before pouring over your ice keeps it from melting too quickly.)