I’ve been getting into making snow cones with the little one and wondered about what kinds of Flavor Syrup 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 they would work. Here’s what I found…
As a general rule, you can use Sodastream syrup on snow cones.
In fact, it is common to make simple syrup using soda and artificial flavors.
Because Sodastream is concentrated, it makes a great simple syrup for Snow Cone’s variety of flavors.
But, for the best syrup, you should boil it with sugar and soda water or plain water.
I will explain the exact recipe below to make a fantastic syrup out of Sodastream syrup, and the only ingredients you need are water or soda plain water, sugar or artificial sweeteners, and your Sodastream syrup in a Sodastream bottle.
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.
The best syrup is Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola is the most popular soda or soda water in the world and therefore cola snow cone syrup is most likely the best syrup or Snow Cone Flavor.
It has a similar flavor or flavored water to Frozen Coke.
But, people report that the best snow cones flavored syrups have a scoop of ice cream and/or condensed milk.
I also looked at the best snow cone syrup based on their average review rating on Amazon.
Here are 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|
You can also use vanilla cola snow cone syrup for an Unusual Flavor. However, you can also make your own custom snow cone syrup out of your favorite flavor or 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 and artificial colors to give it an interesting and cool color. *Recipe source (link).
But, using Sodastream syrup instead of soda or carbonated water is a bit different.
Using SodaStream syrup
The main difference when using SodaStream syrup is that you first add water to the Soda Stream Flavor Syrups or homemade syrup to turn it into a soda or carbonated water
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, you can have a wide range of artificial flavors in it. However, there’re numerous flavor options in syrup like green apple, pina colada, berry flavors, coconut flavors, chocolate flavors, lime flavors, and orange flavors.
The best thing to do is add a few drops of Soda Stream Flavor Syrups 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 bottle or 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 or carbonated water you like.
For example, you can use Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, berry flavors, etc.
Whereas, you can’t buy these flavored syrups 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 or Snow Cone Flavor to make it last longer or to make it really cold before putting it on your snow cone.
Here’s what I found…
It’s perfectly fine to freeze snow cone syrup or concentrated syrup with artificial sweeteners.
The average shelf life of Snow Cone Flavor or syrup at room temperature is 3 months (source).
On average, freezing food or drink adds 3 months to their shelf life.
So, if you freeze snow cone syrup it will last 6 months instead of 3 months.
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 (frozen treats) 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 of non-carbonated water.
But, does cordial make a good syrup for snow cones?
Generally, cordial can be used on snow cones.
There are many recipes from people who have created snow cone syrup from cordial.
You can use it as it is, however, making it more diluted and adding sugar or Fructose Corn Syrup can give you a better overall syrup.
The same recipe that I explained above about how to make snow cone syrup with soda or carbonated water 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. You can add artificial sweeteners as well.
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?
As a whole, certain types of blenders can make snow cone ice.
If it can, it will have a crushed ice button on it. If it doesn’t have a crush ice button then you’re best to look at the user manual for your blender.
It will explain whether you can crush the ice with it.
And some blenders are too weak to crush ice cubes.
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 Snow Cone Maker is by 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 Snow Cone Syrup For Slushies?
Yes, you can utilize snow cone syrup to make slushes.
Simply combine snow cone syrup, crushed ice, water, and a thickening agent like sugar, cornflour, or pectin, to make a slush.
Additionally, you can add fruit or other components to your slush.
The optimal ratio of syrup to water is one part syrup to five parts water.
You can also add a little lemon or lime juice for added taste or flavor Combinations If preferred.
Be sure to fully combine these ingredients before placing them in a processor or blender until the appropriate consistency is reached.
Once the desired consistency has been reached, serve the slush in glasses and drink!
Can You Use Slush Syrup For Sodastream?
You may produce a variety of various flavored fizzy drinks using a SodaStream machine by using any flavoring syrup that is specifically made for use with a SodaStream machine.
Cola, fruit punch, strawberry, blackcurrant, lemon-lime, raspberry, and ginger beer are among the most popular Syrups For Drinks compatible with SodaStream.
If you choose slush syrups, combine the syrup with sufficient water and load the SodaStream carbonating container accordingly.
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?
As a general rule, you can use Sodastream syrup for slushies. These slushes are available in different flavor options like pina colada, coconut flavor, chocolate flavors, lime flavors, and orange flavors.
Sodastream syrup tastes delicious in a slushy, however, it’s generally better to dilute your SodaStream syrup first to make it easy to mix with the ice in your slushy.
(check out my Sodastream Models ultimate guide here)
The less syrup and the more Ounces Of 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, carbonated 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 from 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 in carbonated water for slushies as well.
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