Snow Cones featuring Fruit + Herb + Spice

Snow Cones featuring Fruit + Herb + Spice | Seed Plant Water Grow

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How did I decide on Snow Cones you may ask???  Well…after last weeks Cacao Coconut Herbal Cola Float I had quite a few Cherries left over.  You see, I only needed a few but was left with a whole bag so I knew that incorporating them into a Tasty Tuesday story was a must.  That's when the creative light bulb started flickering.  It kept chanting Snow Cone, Snow Cone, Snow Cone.  OK I said…so my adventure started.  I researched out the best options in making these homemade ice chips of goodness and found there are multiple Snow Cone machine options.  And just so you know, I did try out several home appliances on the off chance a nifty Snow machine wasn't needed.  The results were fair but not quite authentic.  If I was going to take a walk down memory lane I wanted the real deal.  So I made my purchase and off I went.  Now...Snow Cones that I grew up around used artificially flavored syrups to sweeten the dome of ice.  And although I wasn't complaining back then, I'm now a much wiser participant in my nutritional choices.  So using those syrups of the past were out of the question.  I ended up making Fruit, Herb, and Spice flavored syrups made from whole ingredients with no additives.  Simple at it's BEST and healthier then their processed counterparts.  Coconut, Cayenne, Banana, Pineapple, Peach, Basil, Mint, Strawberry, Cherry, and Blueberry.  And yes…I do realize some of these are not your typical Snow Cone flavored syrups but I'm not a typical gal.  I generally like to think outside of the box.  By using the whole fruit and herb you're not only gaining nutritional value but FLAVOR…something we all care about.  And definitely a better option for those kiddos who will be begging for cooling treats to beat the summer heat.  So without much further ado, lets introduce these yummy delicious Snow Cone Stars:)

 COCONUT CAYENNE BANANA PINEAPPLE PEACH BASIL MINT STRAWBERRY CHERRY BLUEBERRY

 

Here's what you'll need

 

Sno Cone Machine(I used Waring Snow Cone Maker)

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Fruits, Herbs, and Spices

 

 

Fruit, Herb, and Spice Syrups

Snow Cones featuring Fruit + Herb + Spice | Seed Plant Water Grow

Here's your chance to do some SERIOUS cleaning out of the freezer.  I'm sure if you go digging you'll find all kinds of half used never opened frozen fruit bags.  It seems every time I go grocery shopping I always grab a few so this story was PERFECT in helping relieve my freezer's overcrowding issue.  Once I prepared all desired flavors I transferred them into clear squeeze bottles(for ease of dispensing) and placed them in the refrigerator to chill.  Here's what they look like...Beautiful Colorful Dispensers of YUM:)

 COCONUT CAYENNE BANANA PINEAPPLE PEACH BASIL MINT STRAWBERRY CHERRY BLUEBERRY

How To Prepare

There's a few different ways to prepare these syrups.  You can either use fresh or frozen fruit…heated/blended or just blended.  I used a variation of these methods so I'll explain what I did for each one.  And remember, the flavor options are wide open for all kinds of other fruit, herb, and spice selections so get into your kitchen and get creative:)

 

Cayenne

Place 1 cup of Water, 1/2 cup of Cane Sugar, and 1/2 to 1 tsp(depending on your heat tolerance) of Cayenne Pepper in sauce pan and simmer till sugar is incorporated.  Remove from heat, cool for 10 minutes, place in dispenser.  This one is used in conjunction with and to complement other flavors.

Banana

Place 1 large Banana, 1/2 cup of Water, a few tsp of Lemon Juice(for browning), and 1 tbsp of Maple Syrup in a high speed blender and blitz till combined.  Place in dispenser.

Peach

Place one cup of thawed Peaches(10 oz bag) in a high speed blender with 1/4 cup Water and 2 tbsp Maple Syrup.  Blitz till combined.  Or…place 10oz bag of frozen Peaches in a sauce pan with 1/2 cup Water and 2 tbsp Maple Syrup.  Simmer on low for 30 minutes.  Transfer to a high speed blender and blitz till combined(this method gives a stronger flavor).  Place in dispenser. 

Mint

Place 1 cup of Water, 1/2 cup of Cane Sugar, and handful of fresh Mint in a sauce pan and simmer till sugar is incorporated.  Transfer to a high speed blender and blitz till combined(this method gives a stronger flavor).  Place in dispenser.  This one is used in conjunction with and to complement other flavors.

Cherry

Place one bag of fresh Cherries(pits and all), 1/2 cup of Water, and 1/4 cup of Maple Syrup in a sauce pan and bring up to low heat.  Simmer for 30 minutes(I usually like to press the cherries as they warm up and start breaking open to help release the juices).  Grab a colander/strainer and place over a large bowl.  Transfer mixture to colander/strainer and press till all juice is released.  Place juice in dispenser.

Coconut

Place 1 can full fat Coconut Milk with 2 tbsp of Maple Syrup in a high speed blender.  Blitz till combined.  Place in dispenser.

Pineapple

Place one cup of thawed Pineapple(10 oz bag) in a high speed blender with 1/4 cup Water and 1 tbsp Maple Syrup.  Blitz till combined.  Or…place 10oz bag of frozen Pineapple in a sauce pan with 1/2 cup Water and 1 tbsp Maple Syrup.  Simmer on low for 30 minutes.  Transfer to a high speed blender and blitz till combined(this method gives a stronger flavor).  Place in dispenser. 

Basil

Place 1 cup of Water, 1/2 cup of Cane Sugar, and handful of fresh Basil in a sauce pan and simmer till sugar is incorporated.  Transfer to a high speed blender and blitz till combined(this method gives a stronger flavor).  Place in dispenser.  This one is used in conjunction with and to complement other flavors.

Strawberry

Place one cup of thawed Strawberries(10 oz bag) in a high speed blender with 1/4 cup Water and 2 tbsp Maple Syrup.  Blitz till combined.  Or…place 10oz bag of frozen Strawberries in a sauce pan with 1/2 cup Water and 2 tbsp Maple Syrup.  Simmer on low for 30 minutes.  Transfer to a high speed blender and blitz till combined(this method gives a stronger flavor).  Place in dispenser. 

Blueberry

Place one 16oz bag of frozen Blueberries(or a large container of fresh), 1/2 cup of Water, and 1/4 cup of Maple Syrup in a sauce pan and bring up to low heat.  Simmer for 30 minutes(I usually like to press the blueberries as they warm up and start breaking open to help release the juices).  Grab a colander/strainer and place over a large bowl.  Transfer mixture to colander/strainer and press till all juice is released.  Place juice in dispenser.

 

Now that you're armed with all that you need, it's time to have Fun and get flavor Creative.  ENJOY!!:)

   BLUEBERRY/BASIL     COCONUT/PINEAPPLE     STRAWBERRY/PEACH     CHERRY/BLUEBERRY