I love to find easy ways to change chemical-laced treats into real food. Those of you who were following along with our family’s 10 days of real food might recall the incident when my daughter had to sit and watch her classmates eat snow cones at school while she settled for a fruit leather that I gave her as a substitute (click here). In the wake of that disappointment, I promised her I would get a snow cone machine at some point and make real food snow cones for her. The last thing I want taking up space in my kitchen is a snow cone machine, but I couldn’t help making that promise when my daughter was in tears about it. I noticed in this week’s Target ad that their snow cone machines were on sale for $17.99. Not exactly a bargain in my book, but I decided to splurge on it.
Lisa Leake suggests using fruit juice concentrate without additives as a real food syrup for snow cones. I picked up some grape juice concentrate and apple raspberry juice concentrate, and we were in business.
¼ cup grape juice concentrate
¼ cup apple raspberry juice concentrate
¼ cup water
Pour each type of juice concentrate in its own little pitcher. Add 1/8 cup water to each pitcher and stir. Shave about ¾ cup of ice into 4 separate glasses (i.e. a total of 3 cups of shaved ice) and pour the fruit juice syrup evenly over the ice. I’d be surprised if any child would be able to tell the difference!