. . . are watermelon, cherry & blue raspberry.
One of the kids got a snow cone machine for a birthday a couple of years ago. We were all happy and excited, and then it was put up on a deep shelf in the mudroom, and no one gave it a second thought. It’s lived there since then, sad and unused.
Until today, that is! With their oldest brother off at summer camp, the little ones have been clamoring to do “special” things. While I was digging out lawn chairs a few days ago, I spotted the lonely ice shaver and pulled it out tonight after dinner for a treat. We have the Back to Basics Dual Ice Shaver.
It works pretty well, but after playing with it a while I figured out a couple of things. First of all, we have an automatic ice maker, so the cubes are those half moon shapes, curved on one side and flat on the other. Since they don’t fit in the shaver nicely, they sometimes jam out of reach of the blades. So I started using the “crushed” option on the ice dispenser. Ours doesn’t crush nicely, just smaller than the cubes, but that helped the ice to settle in more compactly and keep contact with the blades. I also found, when I went back to make seconds, that the ice that had been sitting in there and allowed to melt slightly shaved more quickly and nicely as well.
Now the syrup I had purchased at Target, but I can’t seem to find it through them online, although it’s widely available through other sources like Amazon and walmart.com. We used Back to Basics sugar free flavors. While they don’t show as vividly as the stuff you get at carnivals, they do have a nice flavor and only one calorie per serving, which is why I didn’t mind everyone having seconds. It’s not even particularly hot today, so I’m looking forward to using the ice shaver all summer long. It will be a good way to get fluids into kids who don’t want to stop playing to rehydrate.