I’ve been getting into making snow cones with the little one and wondered about what kinds of syrups you can use for them.
Specifically, I was interested in whether I could use my Sodastream syrup.
I looked around at the common snow cone recipes to see whether it would work. Here’s what I found…
In this article, I will also explain what the best syrup is for snow cones, whether you can freeze snow cone syrup if you can use cordial, and how to make the snow cone ice.
What Is the Best Syrup for Snow Cones?
So soda syrups can be used for snow cones, but what’s the best syrup for snow cones overall? Here’s what I found.
I also looked at the best syrup based on their average review rating on Amazon.
Here’s the top 5:
|Syrup||Average review rating/number of reviews|
|Torani Blue Raspberry||4.9 out of 5 – 167 reviews|
|Torani Sugar Free Vanilla||4.8 out of 5 – 6,212 reviews|
|Hawaiian Shaved Ice 6 pack||4.8 out of 5 – 6,060 reviews|
|Torani Vanilla||4.8 out of 5 – 3,494 reviews|
|Torani Syrup Fruit Flavors 3 Pack, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Peach||4.8 out of 5 – 1,283 reviews|
However, you can also make your own custom snow cone syrup out of your favorite soda, and the recipe is very easy. Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup of soda or Sodastream syrup in water
- 1 cup of sugar
- Sauce plastic squeeze bottle – normally $1 each
To make it you boil 1 cup of your favorite soda and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan until it starts to boil.
You then let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes.
After that, you can add food coloring to give it an interesting and cool color. *Recipe source (link).
But, using Sodastream syrup instead of soda is a bit different.
Using SodaStream syrup
The main difference when using SodaStream syrup is that you first add water to the SodaStream syrup to turn it into a soda.
You can use regular tap water or soda water. How much syrup should you add to a glass of water?
It depends on your taste.
The best thing to do is add a few drops and see how it tastes.
Then add a bit more depending on how you like it.
Once you’ve added enough SodaStream syrup to a glass of water then you can boil it in a saucepan with sugar in the same way as I explained above.
After that, you pour it out into a glass jar or jug and let it cool to room temperature.
Then you can pour it into your plastic squeeze sauce bottle.
Now, it’s best to cool it in the refrigerator so that it doesn’t melt the ice when you pour it on.
The best part about making it this way is you can use any soda you like.
For example, you can use Dr Pepper, or Mountain Dew.
Whereas, you can’t buy this syrup individually.
And nothing tastes like the real thing.
Can You Freeze Snow Cone Syrup?
Snow cone syrup has a shelf life and you may be wondering whether you can freeze snow cone syrup to make it last longer or to make it really cold before putting it on your snow cone.
Here’s what I found…
Snow cone syrup is very easy to make, and takes about 5 to 10 minutes using ingredients you have around the home.
Interestingly, some types of store-bought snow cone syrup will remain runny when you freeze them.
Keeping snow cone syrup frozen also has the effect of not changing the shape of your snow cone when you pour the syrup on it.
Rather than having deep grooves that will form when the room temperature snow cone syrup has melted the ice.
Can You Use Cordial for Snow Cones?
Cordial is similar to SodaStream syrup, however, it is made for non-carbonated water.
But, does cordial make a good syrup for snow cones?
The same recipe that I explained above about how to make snow cone syrup with soda also works for making snow cone syrup out of cordial.
Dilute the cordial in a glass of water.
Add some cordial a little bit at a time until it has a good strong flavor.
Then boil it, together with 1 glass of sugar for 2-3 minutes.
The resulting mixture is a delicious snow cone syrup that will last up to 3 months at room temperature.
To add it to the top of a snow cone, you can ladle it on with a spoon.
But, a really convenient option is to pour it into a plastic squeeze sauce bottle.
You can reuse an old bottle of sauce, or buy a special sauce bottle for around $1 at stores like Walmart.
And you can also buy them on Amazon.
Can You Make Snow Cones With a Blender?
Another part of making snow cones is the ice.
And I’ve often seen people blend ice with smoothies or juices to cool them down.
But, can you make the ice for a snow cone using a blender?
If you’ve lost the user manual you can typically find it online by doing a Google search for the make and model.
If you still can’t find them then your best bet is to call or email the company that makes your blender to ask them.
Another way to make crushed ice for a snow cone if you don’t have a blender is using a hammer or a mallet.
To do that you put ice in what’s called a Lewis bag.
But, a plastic bag wrapped in an old towel will also work the same.
You hit the bag with a hammer or mallet for a few minutes to get crushed ice that will make great snow cones.
Here’s a video showing how to make crushed ice using a lewis bag:
Can You Use SodaStream Syrup for Slushies?
A slushy is very similar to a snow cone however the ice is more finely crushed and is more melted when it’s served.
But can you use Sodastream syrup for a slushy as well?
The less syrup and the more ice you have the harder it is to mix them both together.
But, if you take the same amount of SodaStream syrup and mix it with some water or soda water.
And then add it to your slushy you can mix it around much faster, and the syrup will be distributed more evenly.
A slushy is made in a slightly different way to a snow cone.
With a slushy, you blend both the ice and the syrup together in a blender.
However, with a snow cone you make the crushed ice, and then pour the syrup on top.
The end result is that a slushy is runnier, but the overall flavor of both a snow cone and a slushy is nearly identical.
Therefore, you can use SodaStream syrups for slushies as well.