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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Summer Snowcones!

“The devil calls up his travel agent and says, ‘I’d like to go somewhere hot this summer.’ The travel agent says, ‘Have you ever been to Dallas in July?’ The devil answers, ‘It’s a vacation, not work.’”

We live in just north of Dallas and I can attest that the heat here can get downright nasty. Thank goodness for cool things…like air conditioners, swimming pools, libraries, and snow cones. Around here we have the famous Snowcone Lady who has been selling her delectable creations of yummy coolness for over 20years. One of my favorites is “Honeymooners Delight,” a mix of mango, guava, and real cream. Yes, she uses real cream in her snowcones, upon request.

A trip to The Snowcone lady isn’t always feasible so in its place we’ll often make our own at home. Sometimes Target runs out of our favorite flavors so last week I happened upon a recipe to make your own snowcone syrup. Unfortunately you can’t make it sugar free, but the cost savings makes up for it. Besides, I grew up in a family where we NEVER watched our sugar intake…see this link for a glimmer of how we grew up

Several years ago I purchased a small snow cone machine from Pampered Chef and it’s been worth every penny. A similar version is available at Target and I’m sure other places as well.

2 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Water
1 (0.13 ounce) package of unsweetened Kool-aid

Directions: In a saucepan, stir together the sugar and water. Bring to a boil, and boil for about 1 minute. Remove from heat, and stir in the drink mix. Allow to cool, and store in a container for pouring. Pour over shaved ice to flavor.
Another alternative is to omit the Kool-aid and add vanilla or amaretto (yum) flavor exract according to strength.

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