Thursday, February 16, 2012

Snow Cones :: Adult Style

This is why I'm absolutely intoxicated and utterly obsessed with Pinterest: ideas, ideas and MORE ideas. I have so many ideas that I don't know what to do with them or where to put them...aside from my pin boards. I often ask myself (as I pin, pin, pin), do I have enough time in my life to try all of these fashionable finds, beauty tricks, decorating tips, mouthwatering recipes and so on? I hope so.

Today I was brought back in time about 25 years (yikes) when a fellow pinner pinned a picture of the Snoopy Sno-Cone machine circa-1979. I immediately pictured myself with long pigtails sitting at my parents' kitchen table and vigorously churning ice cubes through the white sno-making house as Snoopy himself sat atop his red roof and smiled. I waited with excitement as the slush slipped from the shoot and and into my little paper cup. I scooped any icy remnants with the red plastic shovel, garnished my treat with the sweet snowman syrup and voilĂ  - instant sugar high.

My brief trip down memory lane has inspired me to try a little snow coning this weekend. I mean what better way to celebrate President's Day and liven up a frosty February day than with a refreshing burst of summer. As much as I would love to literally use the Snoopy Sno-Cone machine to whip up my slushy concoction, it would be wise to use something more grown-up; think food processor or perhaps an actual snow cone maker. Here is a glimpse at some of the cones I hope to create...

Mango Strawberry Snow Cone

Make Your Own: Mango Strawberry Snow Cone
  • Ice
  • 2 mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced 
  • 1 lime juiced, plus wedges for garnish 
Fill food processor with ice. Process until the ice is very fine, like snow. Add mangoes, strawberries and pulse to blend. Pile the crushed ice into desired glass and shower with lime juice. Garnish with lime wedge. Serve immediately. Consider a splash of Grey Goose Citron to liven things up.

Happy Snow Coning!

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