Hey there! How are you livin'? Does it feel like summer in your neck of the woods already, too? Here in good old OH-IO we get a full two weeks of spring if we are lucky before the tornadoes and summer heat start rolling in. I've been trying to suppress my urge to whine and beg Dave to turn on the air already man, for the love of sweaty leg pits and in order to do that, I've had to get creative with my stay cool methods. I mean, twelve fans on high can only help so much, you know? ;)
My mom works in the office of a factory and in the summer, the factory part of the building is not air conditioned. In an effort to keep all those hardworking factory men happy, she goes in one night a month and churns out snow cones for those guys at top speed to help them cool down. But, obviously, snow cones require syrup and she was flying through the store-bought kind, so she came up with this recipe and, take it from me, it's a thousand times better than any of the kinds they carry at Wally World, plus the flavor options are pretty vast.
Now here's where I need you to swear on your favorite pair of flip-flops that you won't tell anyone the top secret recipe I'm about to fork over.
Tell anybody you want, friend! And you're welcome in advance for your extra month of lower energy costs ;)
You only need three things to make this nectar of the shaved ice gods:
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 packet of Kool-Aid
That's it, for real!
Just dump the sugar and water in a medium saucepan and stir it up.
Heat it over medium-high heat until it starts to boil and when you notice that it is boiling, set the timer for one minute and just let it keep bubbling.
When the minute is over, take it off the heat and stir in the packet of Kool-Aid.
I just go do other things and let it cool in the pot and when it's nice and room temp, I use a funnel to pour it into two squirt bottles (it fits just perfectly, every time --insert high five emoji here--) and store it in the fridge.
Just in case you are wondering, we use an inexpensive Rival snow cone machine. My mom gave it to me wayyyyyy before K was born and it's still chopping ice like a champ!
Kinley has been starting every single day for the past week with a beg for snow cones, and today her yummy icy ship finally came in! And major bonus, she got to head to one of her favorite parks with me while we waited for the syrup to cool off :)
Tell me I'm not the only one who's adorable park photos have gone from a smiling child stuck in a baby swing to a faceless blur running away from the camera in 6 short months? Sigh. It was great while it lasted. I'm glad I stocked up on hundreds, possibly thousands, of those little girlie park photos. It's so cool that she can do pretty much all of the things on the playground now, but I sure miss that teeny-tiny girl that needed an escort down the slide. Okay, okay. I'll grab a tissue and dry it up over here ;)
We all had snow cones for dessert tonight. Kinley chose watermelon Kool-Aid this time and we give it six sticky thumbs wayyyyy up! I love Sharkleberry Fin and mango-peach, too. Droool.
If you find a super yummy flavor, holler! I'm sure this batch of syrup will be gone by tomorrow night and we are always up for trying new flavors.
Stay cool, good buddy! :)
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