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Best Snow Cone Syrups

dcfb Aug 3, 2006 05:00 AM

I have a new ice shaver and am hoping to get some snow cone (sno cone? shaved ice) syrups. Anyone done this? There are many vendors out there.


  1. MollyGee Aug 3, 2006 06:35 AM

    I wonder if you could use Italian syrup. I checked the Torani web site:


    and there is no mention of it being used for snow cones (granitas, but no snow cones or shaved ice). Maybe it's too viscous, but there are so many interesting flavors...

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    1. re: MollyGee
      JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Aug 3, 2006 08:59 AM

      I think Torani would be just about the right thickness for snow cones. I'd definitely use Torani over regular snow cone syrup; Torani uses sugar in their syrup, whereas your generic syrup brands inevitably use the dreaded high fructose corn syrup.

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      Alan408 Aug 3, 2006 02:34 PM

      I have been using Mahalo Brand, "imported" from Hawaii.

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      1. re: Alan408
        rumgum Aug 4, 2006 09:06 PM

        I personally like Mahalo Brand as well.

      2. Snackish Aug 3, 2006 07:49 PM

        The "ricos raspados" man in the plaza near my school in Oaxaca made his own, I think - they were big one gallon jars with fruit floating in them. And bees, lots of bees. Because they make it all taste better.

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          raj1 Aug 3, 2006 07:52 PM

          I posted this on another board...

          Our local Hispanic grocery store sells snow cone syrups. You might find them there if you're near one.


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            dcfb Aug 4, 2006 03:50 AM

            Well- I have a few options now. Some syrups I found at William-Sonoma, and Kool-Aid I got after getting a recommendation. I tried Torani tonight, but watered it down a bit thinking I needed to. Possible a mistake as the snow cone was truly watery. I may try to cook off the water.

            I think what I am expecting is that the syrup will coat through and leave color thoughout like I used to get at the snow cone stand growing up. The Torani didn't really coat. It kind of sank down.

            I also think this might be the shaved ice machine I have? I'm going to do some experimenting and will report back!

            Thanks for the tips.

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              MaryMo Aug 4, 2006 08:00 PM

              Although I've never tried them, I bookmarked this source from another chowhound posting on natural flavored oils:


              I noticed this morning that they have an amazing assortment of snow cone syrups.

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