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Snow Cone Machine

Updated on March 29, 2012

Snow Cone Machine in Your Home, Why Not?

Snow cone machine is a machine for making snow cone; a paper cone filled with crushed ice topped with flavored sugar syrup. Snow cone machine is required not only for food home industry, but also for huge family that has many children within. Snow cone machine most needed on a hot summer day, when the family want something sweet and icy for cooled off. Snow cone maker also useful in the public events and community civic fund raisers.

Many snow cone makers today available in the market. They are easy to operate and more affordable in prices. By 50 bucks you can bring it out for surprising your kids and make them shouting "I love you, Mom".

In this lens, we will offer more information about snow cone machine or snow cone maker. Enjoy it.

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Snow Cone Machine Buying Guide

  1. Don't be confused between snow cone machine and and shave ice machine. The difference is in the texture of the processed ice that the two types of machines produce. While shave ice tends to be fluffy and snow like, the ice produced by a snow cone machine is more granular in texture.
  2. The reason for the difference in the two types of ice, is in the way that the two different types of machine produce their processed ice. A shave ice machine is a larger, more heavy duty, complex piece of machinery. It functions by spinning a large heavy block of ice while a sharp rigid blade is lowered down into it.
  3. A snow cone on the other hand, is a lighter, less complex piece of machinery that also functions quite differently. The processed ice from a snow cone machine is produced by either grinding or scraping away ice that is often in cube form. Even if a block of ice is used in a snow cone machine, it remains stable while the scraping mechanism scrapes off the ice
  4. How do snow cone machines work?

    Snow cone machines can work in different ways. Some shave the ice and blend in the flavor when served. The server pours the unflavored ice into a cone and then squirts syrup on top of the ice. This is a common type of machine for snow cones.

  5. Profit Potential with Snow cone machines

    Ice is really cheap and so are the supplies for these machines so the profit potential is pretty big, especially in the summer time. The hotter the day and the more publicly you display your snow cones for sale, the better the profits for you. Amusement parks are a very popular place for these types of drinks.

  6. When buying a machine for making shaved ice drinks, there are several things to consider including:

    * Size of the machine

    * The warranty offered on the machine

    * Presence of drain decks

    * Whether you want a model with a backlit sign

    * Storage units for syrup and accessories attached

    * Finish type for ease of cleaning

    * Motor size

    * Capacity

  7. Snow cone machine offerings vary by manufacturer and pricing ranges from a few hundred to several hundred dollars per machine but you can find online suppliers who will supply you with a high quality machine. You can also find suppliers with extra perks such as a money back guarantee if you are not entirely satisfied with your purchase.
  8. You also want to consider the appearance of the machine. If it has a viewing window to show the ice, this can be extra inviting to people looking at your snow cone or slush puppy machine on a hot day.

How Do the Snow Cone Machine Works - The schematic of snow cone machine

Snow Cone Machine Shematic
Snow Cone Machine Shematic

This is a schematic of a snow cone machine made in China.

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Homemade Snow Cones from Brenda Hyde

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer, wife and mom to three kids living in the Midwest United States. This is the recipes for more family friendly recipes and cooking tips.

Snow Cone Syrup


2 cups sugar

3/4 cup water

1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid, any flavor


Place the sugar and water in a medium pan and bring to a full boil. Remove from heat and stir in the Kool-Aid. Cool to room temperature, then place in the refrigerator until chilled. Pour over crushed iced.

Snow Cone Syrup Two


4 ounces of sweetened flavored drink mix powder

3/4 cup hot water


Mix the water and the drink mix. Cool and drizzle over crushed ice.

By the way, there are all kinds of tidbits out there on the first "snow cones." It appears Chinese Emperors may have flavored snow with fruit and honey. Also Native Americans may have sweetened snow with maple syrup.

Though the rich and famous create sophisticated fruited ices such as sorbet, I have a feeling our kids wouldn't be interested. Hand them a snow cone and they are happy!

The recipes taken from this website.

Obama Loves Snow Cone Too - Everyone loves snow cone, even the president

Obama and the children in Arkansas, some day.

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Healthy Snow Cones - Beware, not every snow cones good for you

This is the list you can determine what kind snow cones you serve to your family

  1. Orange juice: Not too good. Too bland and the pulp gets caught on the ice. Plus, the color is unappealing.
  2. Fresh squeezed lemon or lime with honey: Delicious, but too much work. The bottles lemon and lime juice tasted funny.
  3. Olive juice: I refused to taste this one. The kids claim it was good, but then again they didn't actually eat much of it between hysterical bouts of laughter.
  4. Juicy juice: So-so, but not very great.
  5. Limeade concentrate, melted: Really good, but not very healthy. (Though better than the Snow Cone syrup.)
  6. And finally, the winner: 100% fruit juice concentrate, melted: Fantastically good! We used cranberry-raspberry juice blend. But there's lots of flavors. You can keep the can of concentrate in the frig, ready to go. The juice plus the ice is basically the equivalent of a cup of juice. Not as healthy as a piece of real fruit of course, but still fairly healthy.

    This tips taken from this blog..

Hamilton Beach 68050 Treats Shaver Customer Review

Hamilton Beach 68050 Icy Treats Ice Shaver, White
Hamilton Beach 68050 Icy Treats Ice Shaver, White

We have purchased several snow cone machines over the years and this is my favorite!!! Each Spring, I make snow cones for 4 classrooms full of children (over 100 children). Using the Hamilton Beach Icy Treats Maker, this has been our best year! Also, we often will do snowcones out in the driveway after school and we'll have a dozen or so kids stop by.

I purchased two of these machines and had them running side by side in the classroom. I was able to make snow cones for 25-30 kids in 20 minutes. I love the cup/bowl that catches the ice. If you have leftover ice or want to make ahead, you can throw this bowl in the freezer to use the shaved ice later. Also the easy on/off on this machine is nice. If you put in ice that is the right size (some store bought ice is too big), then there shouldn't be too much trouble with jamming. Once or twice I had to arrange the ice because a larger piece was stuck. I LOVE that most of this machine goes straight into the dishwasher! Also, seems very safe to me. The kindergarten class was running both machines and had no trouble!


Hawaiian Snow Cone Machine Customer Review

Shaved Ice Machine and Syrup Party Package | Includes S900A Shaved Ice Machine, 3 Ready-To-Use Pints of Syrup, 25 Snow Cone Cups, 25 Spoon Straws, 3 Black Bottle Pourers, 2 Round Block Ice Molds
Shaved Ice Machine and Syrup Party Package | Includes S900A Shaved Ice Machine, 3 Ready-To-Use Pints of Syrup, 25 Snow Cone Cups, 25 Spoon Straws, 3 Black Bottle Pourers, 2 Round Block Ice Molds

I think this is a great deal if you're looking for fun and tasty treats. The machine functions noticeably better if the included ice molds are used. Ice cubes work, but they take much longer to shave down and you will get chunkier shavings (which do not hold the flavor as well). When using the ice molds, make sure to let the ice block sit out for five to ten minutes before shaving ("tempering"), and you will end up with icy shavings closer to a snow texture.

The included syrups are tasty, sugary and perfect for drizzling over your shaved ice. I would recommend refrigerating your flavors, even though you don't have to, to slow down how fast they melt the shave ice. The other accessories are fun and would be great for a party, but I think reusable cone cups would be a better solution for day to day snacking.

Overall, I am very happy with this purchase. The machine works well and isn't outlandishly loud (quieter with ice molds), and can turn out a full cone of shaved ice in under 30 seconds. The texture isn't what I experienced in Hawaii at the famous Waiola Shave Ice, but for the money, this is pretty close.


Back To Basic Snow Cone Machine Customer Review

Back to Basics SIT10823 Ice Treats Electric Ice Shaver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Back to Basics SIT10823 Ice Treats Electric Ice Shaver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

I bought this machine at a big box retailer and I think it is worth what I paid for it which was 19.99. You can use your normal ice cubes (from the fridge or from trays) but it works best w/ the mold they give you, assuming you prefer a very very fine texture. The only bummer is that you only get 2 molds with the machine=( I do like that you don't have to use the snow cone holder and you can just place a cup or small bowl under the machine to save money on snow cone holders! I have only used this for one month about 2x a week and so far so good but we will see how long it lasts based on the the previous review. As a side note I have also tried this machine w/ frozen milk,soda and juice and it still works well. Have fun!


Paragon Port-A-Blast Snow Cone Machine Customer Review

Paragon Port-A-Blast Sno Cone Machine for Professional Concessionaires Requiring Commercial Heavy Duty Snow Cone Equipment 1/3 Horse Power 792 Watts
Paragon Port-A-Blast Sno Cone Machine for Professional Concessionaires Requiring Commercial Heavy Duty Snow Cone Equipment 1/3 Horse Power 792 Watts

I bought this snow cone machine primarly for my kids birthday party, and it didn't let me down! There are so many different machines out there, that even myself was overwhelmed on which one to buy. I was just going to settle for a hand operating, or battery operated one, and I am glad I didn't. The ice was crushed like fine bits of snow, and the kids love it! So do my husband and I:) It's very powerful, and I am very pleased with it, and I am happy I bought it! We eat snow cones everynight.


Snow Cones Over The World

In Costa Rica "granizados" or "copos"; or "churchills".

El Salvador "Minutas"

Peru "cremolada" or "raspadilla".

Venezuela "Cepillados"

Colombia and Panama "Raspados" or "Raspaos"

Guatemala "Granizada"

Chile "mermelada con hielo"

Pakistan "Gola ganda"

India "Chuski"

Gujarati "baraf no golo".

Israel "Barad"

Source Wikipedia

Mango Strawberry Snow Cones - How To Make Healthy and Icy Mango Strawberry Snow Cones by recipe from Tyler Florence


* Ice

* 2 mangoes, peeled and chopped

* 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced

* 1 lime juiced, plus wedges for garnish


Fill a food processor with ice. Process until the ice is very fine, like snow. Add the mangoes and strawberries and pulse to blend. Pile the crushed ice into dessert glasses or dishes and squeeze over the lime juice. Garnish with lime wedges; serve immediately.

Recipe and photo taken from this website

Do You Love Snow Cones? - Do You want to have a snow cone machine?

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      7 years ago

      That would be awesome if I had the room.

    • aliciamaggie54 profile image


      7 years ago

      I would love to have a snow cone machine:) This is just in time for summer.


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