You and your family love snow cones (who doesn’t), and you want to keep the fun going after you leave the fair, carnival, or mall. Home snow cone makers are basically ice shavers with some cabinetry to make them more stylish and appealing. It would be tempting to buy a cheap snow cone machine, but you may be disappointed with its performance.
A snow cone machine needs a special design to get the ice to come out like you’re used to at the fair or carnival. Making snow cone machine ice is very hard on the equipment and many of the inexpensive models may not be able to take the punishment.
Also, if you’re just making snow cones for yourself, a smaller shaved ice machine may be fine. If you’re making them for your family and their impatient friends at a party, then a smaller, less expensive sno cone machine will only cause frustration. I can think of few things worse than having half your kids and their guests eating snow cones and half just standing there bored. It’s even more likely that the kids without snow cones will cause some sort of mayhem because they have nothing to do.
Save yourself the embarrassment, frustration, and impatient whining by purchasing a better quality snow cone maker that can quickly satisfy multiple requests for snow cones while providing the kind of snow cone ice experience you’re used to.
Also, remember that many snow cone machines can provide ice for more than just snow cones. Many desserts and drinks call for shaved ice and ice shaver machines made for snow cones can easily handle whatever is required.
Few machines come with syrup in a variety of snow cone flavors and snow cone cups, so you will have to buy those yourself. If you want to make it yourself, I’ve seen some great recipes for syrup online. Why would you want to make it yourself? Besides saving money, making it yourself gives you the flexibility to make new flavors and make sure the flavors you love are just the way you like them.
Here’s one popular recipe.
DIY Snow Cone Syrup
- 1.5 cups sugar or Splenda
- 1.5 cups water
- 2 packs of your favorite flavor Kool-Aid mix (can use sugar free)
Mix sugar and water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. After it is boiling, mix in 2 packs of Kool-Aid mix while boiling for about 1 minute. Let the mixture cool. Put mixture into a squeeze bottle or sports drink bottle. Make the ice and squirt in syrup to taste!
Don’t want to make your own syrup? Here are some choices to Snow cone syrup and the traditional cone cups.
We looked for snow cone machines that are reasonably priced, fully capable, and look good in your home. Take a look at our list and see if one of these fun sweet treat machines is the best snow cone machine for your needs!
If you’re looking for a snow cone maker that will look great in your home and fits on your countertop too, the Nostalgia Electrics RSM602 Retro Series Snow Cone Maker is a great choice. It lets you use standard ice cubes to make shaved ice fast for snow cones, fruit slush drinks, yogurt snow and smoothies. Its retro design will look fantastic in the kitchen, family room, or rec room, but is also perfect for dorms, offices, and clubhouses. Stainless-steel ice-shaving blades insure long life. Here’s what you need to know.
- Countertop retro-styled snow cone maker with stainless steel ice-shaving blades
- Side tray to hold cones
- Removable ice compartment
- Uses regular-size ice cubes
- 2 reusable plastic cones included
- Built-in safety on/off switch
- Easy to use and clean
- Makes great ice
- Fun and versatile for kids and adults
- Compact for easy storage
- Noisy operation
- Questionable durability
- Some reported problems with reliability
- Ice can get stuck
The Nostalgia Electrics SCC200 Vintage Collection 53-Inch Snow Cone Cart takes snow cone making to a whole new level. Already have a popcorn machine, love the nostalgia look, which you had a snow cone cart like the carnival; then this is the shave ice machine for you! It’s really a beautiful machine that will look good in any family room or rec room and is sure to be the life of any fundraiser or party for children or adults. It not only looks great, it does a great job of shaving ice fast, comes with a handy storage compartment. Unlike some models, it comes with cups and syrup as well. Here’s what you need to know.
- 53-Inch high vintage snow cone cart with retro styling
- Shaves 2 lbs. of ice in 90 seconds
- Tempered glass windows
- Ice shaver machine has stainless steel shaving blades
- Uses standard ice cubes
- Complete with storage compartment for storing syrups, extra cones, and supplied
- 100 – Paper cones
- 100 – Spoon straws
- 2 – Syrup bottles
- 1 – Metal ice scoop
- Great for parties of all sizes
- Look great in your home
- Could pair with a popcorn machine
- Makes perfect ice
- Needs assembly
- Included snow cone syrup mix not the best
- Very short power cord
- Must wait until ice cubes soften before using
When it’s hot and the kids want something cool, there is nothing more refreshing and more energizing than an icy snow cone. Whether you’re an adult or a child there is something special about a shaved ice drink. This machine not only makes snow cones but it can provide the perfect shaved ice for all those party drinks as well. One of the best home snow cone machines is the Waring Pro SCM100 Professional Snow Cone Maker. It fits compactly on your counter, can make enough shaved ice for 4 snow cones in 30 seconds, and it’s perfect for parties, all kinds of get-togethers, fundraisers, and more. Here’s what you need to know.
- Stylish kid-friendly carnival design
- Professional-grade motor and blade mechanism makes enough shaved ice for 4 cones in 30 seconds and also supports all types of icy party drinks
- Built-in pull-out serving tray
- Fits compactly on the counter
- Uses up to 12 standard ice cubes at a time
- 12 – Paper cones
- 4 – BPA-free reusable plastic cones
- Makes ice fast
- Easy clean-up
- Very user-friendly
- Safe operation
- Ice chute is small
- Compact for easy storage
- Handle is flimsy
Snow Cone Machine
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