Our hot summer weather arrived just as school is resuming. It took me all summer to finally try out homemade snow cones. Seeing these cute paper cups started me thinking of how fun it would be to make our own. The choices in flavors are endless with markets bursting with ripened fruit.
Last weekend my niece helped me make these as our weekly treat. They are like a slurpee in a cone and a perfect snack for a hot summer day.
Snow cones are easy to make and when made at home are not too sweet. These consist of pureed fruit, a little sweetener and a bit of lime. I crushed the ice in a blender. One of my nephews requested plain mango so we whipped up a batch of those too. You could substitute raspberries or another favorite fruit. A paper cup and a straw would work fine if you don’t have the paper snow cone holders.
Strawberry Mango Snow Cones
adapted from Tyler Florence
2 mangoes, peeled and chopped
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 lime juiced, plus wedges for garnish
1/4 cup simple syrup
8 cups ice
Put the mangoes and strawberries into a blender or food processor. Squeeze in the lime juice, add the simple syrup and puree.
Crush ice in a food processor or blender until it is very fine, like snow. Pile the crushed ice into cones or dessert dishes; pour the fruit puree over until you can’t see any more white. Garnish with lime wedges; serve immediately.
Simple syrup is easy to make. In a saucepan mix 2 parts sugar to one part water. Bring to a boil and let the sugar dissolve. Take off the stove and let cool.