In Canada, snow is a seemingly endless resource. In fact, it continues to cover my backyard even as I write this. For most people, snow is an excuse to to curl up in front of the fire with a book and wait for summer to return.

Instead of wallowing on the couch, my sister and I decided to make the most of the snow while it's here and turn it into something everyone can enjoy: snow cones. 

We made ours orange-flavoured because it's what we had on hand, but you can easily use a different fruit or even Jell-O mix to change up the flavour. Just be sure to avoid lemon—nobody wants to eat yellow snow. Nobody.

Easy 4-Ingredient Snow Cones

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:15 mins
  • Total Time:20 mins
  • Servings:4
  • Easy


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 orange
  • snow
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  • Step 1

    Begin your simple syrup by juicing your orange. We used ¼ cup of juice, but you can use more or less depending on your preference.

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  • Step 2

    Add the water, sugar, and orange juice into a saucepan. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture develops a syrupy consistency (approximately 10-15 minutes).

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  • Step 3

    Remove the syrup from the heat and add the food colouring. To make orange, we used four drops of green and two drops of pink.

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  • Step 4

    Put the saucepan out in the snow (or in the fridge) to cool while you get the snow cones ready.

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  • Step 5

    We're fancy, so we used martini glasses instead of paper cones. The best method we found was to fill the martini glass with snow, then tightly pack a ladle with snow to create a separate, rounded surface.

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  • Step 6

    Once your glasses are ready and your syrup has cooled, drizzle the syrup onto your snow cones. Simple syrup is very sweet, so use no more than 2 tsp. per snow cone unless you want major cavities.

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Whether you're making these to share with family or just to show off your skills on Instagram, they're a great way to enjoy the snow from the comfort of your warm, cozy home.