How to Make Homemade Snow Cone Syrup

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 by 2 Comments
How to Make Homemade Snow Cone Syrup

Do your kids like snow cones? My son has been a big snow cone fan since the first time he attended the county fair. We purchased a snow cone maker for him to use at home, but I recently discovered that you can make your own homemade snow cone syrup using Kool-Aid drink mix.

Homemade syrup, in addition to being cheaper than purchased snow cone syrup, is neat because you can make it in whatever flavor your child likes instead of being limited to common snow cone options like cherry, strawberry, and blue raspberry.

My personal favorite is lemonade syrup!


  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 package of unsweetened powdered Kool-Aid drink mix in the flavor of your choice


  1. Mix the sugar and water together in a saucepan.
  2. Boil until all the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Stir in the Kool-Aid mix.
  4. When the mixture is completely cooled, transfer it to a suitable storage container. (I used an old glass Snapple bottle, but a plastic squirt bottle would work well if you have one.)

This is a tasty snow cone syrup that my son actually likes better than the prepared syrup we purchased at the store. But, one thing I didn’t realize the first time I made it is that I couldn’t just stick it in the cupboard with the other syrups. (We ended up with a jar full of moldy syrup the next time we made snow cones!)

I haven’t really figured out how long the syrup will last in the fridge, but I’d suggest making only as much as you’re going to use within a reasonable time frame.

Photo credit: Dana Hinders

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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at

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  • Mom Home Guide

    Pretty cool! I should invest in a snow cone maker for my kids — I know they would love it!


    This sounds like a good idea to make sure your kid isn’t getting high-fructose corn syrup, too.