9 Easy Snow Cone Recipes That Will Make You Forget About Ice Cream
There are two types of people in this world: ice cream cone addicts and the snow cone-obsessed. Maybe the sound of the music coming from your local ice cream truck as it chugs down your street makes you dream of smooth, creamy custard swirled into a waffle cone, or perhaps all you can think about on the drive to the county fair is a fruity, flavorful, crushed ice treat. Good news for those who side with the snow cone: this delicious summertime treat is easy to make at home.
Don't worry about having the right equipment to make this crushed- (or shaved-) ice treat, all you need to make a snow cone at home is some juice or flavored liquid; a wide, shallow, freezer-safe dish; and a fork. If you have these three things (and a little bit of time on your hands) then you can make a delicious snow cone — also known as a granita or simply as flavored ice).
Start by pouring your fruit juice or flavored liquid into the shallow dish. Then, put the dish in the freezer for 30 minutes. When you take the granita out of the freezer at this stage it will just barely have started to solidify. Stir it with a fork to break up the crystals that are forming and then return the dish to the freezer. After another 30 minutes, remove the dish from the freezer and stir the ice with a fork again. Continue this process, stirring and scraping the ice every 30 minutes, until you have an icy frozen treat. It’ll take about three to four hours.
Then, all that's left to do is pack your granita into a paper cone and enjoy (granita is best served within 24 hours). If you're looking for a few recipes to get you started, we've got nine that are so good even the ice cream cone addicts will love them!
What could be easier than dumping two cans of full-fat coconut milk into a dish, popping that dish into the freezer, and then stirring the coconut milk with a fork at regular intervals until it's fluffy and frozen?
Turn your favorite caffeinated beverage into a frozen treat by making it into a granita. Add sugar to your lukewarm coffee or espresso (about one cup of sugar for every four cups of coffee) and then pour it into a dish to freeze, stirring it with a fork every 30 minutes for three to four hours.
Originally published on May 28, 2015
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal's Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.