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Snow cones the easy, healthy way



I really don’t want to get into the global warming thing with all of you, but suffice it to say that I sit here, at the end of April in New England, sweating brain cells out of my pores. It’s in the 90s and since it’s normally in the 60s right about now, air conditioners weren’t really on our minds, pools aren’t opened and I look really dorky running under the sprinkler with my four-year-old.

I’m hot.

So I did what any self-respecting adult would do: I made a snow cone. I’m not talking about one of the sicky-sweet syrupy snow cones that cause a sugar rush akin to 15 four-year-olds pumped full of birthday cake. My tongue didn’t even turn a strange shade of blue (or red, or green…) after enjoying my snow cone.

Healthy Snow Cone


  • ice (about 6-8 cubes)
  • 1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate
  • about 4 tablespoons of water

Toss all ingredients into your Vita-Mix (or blender if your a plebe) and grind away until you’ve got orange snow. Easy, healthy and cooling, definitely cooling.

Now I’m contemplating the adult version of this Shirley Temple Snow Cone… what would you say to adding a splash of champagne? The Mimosa Snow Cone. A little vodka? The Screwdriver Snow Cone. What are the ingredients ina Cosmopolitan again? Oh yeah, I’m lovin’ this….

Photo Credit: quinn.anya / Flickr

4 Responses to “Snow cones the easy, healthy way”

April 30, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Whenever I see snowcones, I think of Shave Ices – the Hawaiian version of a snow cone. They have Shave Ice stands all over the place in Oahu. Instead of grinding the ice the way a blender does, they literally shave the ice from a big block and the texture is much smoother and “melt in your mouth” than a snowcone. They are fantabulous!

Alas, I probably won’t be swinging by Hawaii anytime soon so perhaps I’ll give your recipe a try :-)

April 30, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Well, the Vita-Mix is way better than a regular ol’ blender, and it comes out very much like actual snow, rather than the crushed ice chunks you get from a blender.

May 1, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Expensive? I checked the Vita-Mix site and there are no prices listed (that always makes me nervous) plus the nearest seller to me is in Pennsylvania, I think. I’m in Jersey. But the Waring blender I’ve had for 23 years is losing steam so…..

May 1, 2009 at 6:39 PM

Yes, expensive, but actually much cheaper for us int he long run. We were making so many smoothies that our blenders were literally disposable… we’d be buying anew one every year or two. The Vita-Mix is still going like the day we bought it, I can’t say enough about it! If you have a BJs club near you, ours was demoing them a month or so ago, so I think they sell them there.