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Snow cones – healthier, tastier, addictive!



A while back, during a rare spring heatwave here in the northeast, I posted a recipe for a healthy snow cone that we make here at our house, using frozen orange juice concentrate. Even though it has been anything but hot and sunny here lately, my son and his friend have been relishing a new snow cone recipe that they helped create.

When I say addictive, I’m not kidding. They each had three snow cones in a row one day, and we’re talking an overcast, 60-something degree day. Yeah, it’s been a fun June here in Massachusetts. Regardless of the weather, these new snow cones are a huge hit, both with the kid who is used to getting healthy things stuffed down his throat, and with the neighbor friend who is used to getting sugary treats.

These snow cones have no sugar in them — none! They are sweetened only with agave syrup which has been touted to be healthy enough for diabetics to use. The juices used are all detoxifying, purifying juices, great for your liver, bladder and digestion.

Lime Rickey Snow Cones
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If you were addicted to raspberry Lime Rickies like I was asĀ  teen, you’ll be eating a snow cone right along with your kids. All measurements are approximate; this is really a “to taste” recipes — you can’t go wrong!


  • about 8 ice cubes
  • squirt of agave syrup (about a teaspoon)
  • squirt of lemon juice (less than a tablespoon)
  • squirt of lime juice (more than a tablespoon)
  • splash of unsweetened 100% cranberry juice (more than a tablespoon)

First, grind the ice cubes in your blender until snowy. Then add all of the other ingredients, and mix in with a spatula. You can try using the blender to mix, but it ends up a weird texture for me, almost foamy. This makes 2 snow cones.

Photo Credit: Debbie McDuffee

2 Responses to “Snow cones – healthier, tastier, addictive!”

June 30, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Those snow cone cups are adorable.

I read an article recently that was anti-agave. I generally trust his research and articles. That said, I still use it sporadically only now I’m conscious about the fact that it’s chemically processed, highly processed and almost all fructose.

I missed the first snow cone post. I’ve been coveting the Vita-Mix for awhile. When the time is right – and I have some extra money – I will buy one.

June 30, 2009 at 10:07 AM

I know, I had missed the Mercola article the first time around, but caught it last week. I generally trust him too, although I find him over the top. The thing about the agave is that my son has terrible trouble eating any kind of processed or refined sugar, yet he does fine on the agave and also muscle tests fine for it as well. I’m inclined to believe it is OK, or at least works well for our family. Plus, this is pretty much the only thing we use agave for; we don’t sweeten much at all in our house (the poor kid gets unsweetened vanilla almond milk and carob powder and I pass it off as chocolate milk!)

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