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Homemade Snow Cones (made with real fruit) - You won't believe the results you will get at home

Homemade Snow Cones: 3 Fresh Fruit Flavors!

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I have an over-the-top tropical frozen treat for you! That’s right, this is my recipe for the ultimate Homemade Snow Cones! Snow cones are the easiest and most refreshing treat. They’re simply made with shaved ice and a fruity sauce of your choosing. And then you have a vacation in a glass!

While the snow cones we all had as kids were always store bought and full of un-natural flavorings and colors, these are one 100% homemade using seasonal frozen fruit and just a little sugar for extra sweetness. These Homemade Snow Cones taste incredible as they combine blended shaved ice with real fruit syrup you can make in your own kitchen. You will not believe how much flavor you can get from just a few simple ingredients. The flavors I’ve created are pineapple, raspberry, blueberry and mango. Talk about taste the rainbow!

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The best part of these Homemade Snow Cones is they look just as good as they taste. Imagine all of these beautiful colors and fruity flavors in one lovely frozen snow cone. No doubt, these are a super fun and festive treat. Your friends and family will love experimenting with making their own combinations of flavors.

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Homemade Snow Cones (made with real fruit) - You won't believe the results you will get at home
Homemade Snow Cones (made with real fruit)
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Learn how to make Homemade Snow Cones with fresh fruit flavors and you can enjoy this refreshing and delicious treat at home instead of just on vacation!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 2 cups (10oz/300g) ice
  • 1 cup (5oz/150g) raspberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 cup (5oz/150g) mango (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 cup (5oz/150g) blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 cup (5oz/150g) pineapple (frozen or fresh)
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar per fruit (depending on the sweetness of your fruit)
  1. In a medium saucepan combine the sugar and fruit.
  2. Simmer until the fruit has softened and the sugar dissolved, roughly 3-4 minutes.
  3. Transfer your fruit mixture to a food processor and blend the fruit into a smooth puree. If you don't have a processor try passing it through a fine sieve.
  4. Once pureed strain over a bowl to remove any seeds or bits from the fruit. If you find the syrup a bit too thick at this stage thin it out with some juice or a little water. Store the syrups in the fridge for up to 7 days. 

  5. Place ice cubes in a blender and pulse to create fine shaved ice. Store in the freezer if you are not using it straight away.
  6. Scoop your shaved ice into serving dish of your choice and pack it tight together. Pour over your fruit syrup and enjoy immediately!
  7. To make a rainbow snow cone, pour your individual flavors into a squirt bottle or jug with a spout. Pour each flavor in a line across our scoop of ice, creating a rainbow effect. Enjoy Immediately!!!

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  1. Diane Bolton on July 28, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Hi Gemma,
    This recipe is just what I am looking for! I do have a question, and you may have already answered in a previous inquiry. How long can the syrup be stored in the fridge? I would probably wouldn’t use all of it at one time.
    Thanks so much!

    • Gemma Stafford on July 28, 2019 at 7:13 pm

      Hi Diane,

      I’m sorry that wasn’t in the instructions. You can keep them for 7 days in the fridge or you can also freeze it :).


  2. Melanie on January 22, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Hey Gemma! I absolutely love your recipes! I was wondering if there is a way to make the fresh fruit syrup with no sugar. I have a guest coming who is vegan, sugar free, and gluten free due to cancer. I would like to make her something that she can enjoy.

    • Gemma Stafford on January 24, 2019 at 12:55 am

      Hi Melanie,
      How sad! What a lot some people have to go through. You can puree fruit without sugar. Fresh will be best for this. A nice sweet strawberry, perhaps pureed with a little orange juice would be lovely. Mango too is already sweet, and very delicious. You can add in some passion fruit too for an extra hit of flavor. Lime juice too can be sweet and will pick up the flavor of other soft fruits. What is coming to my mind is this one (, fiddly to make but very delicious and satisfying.
      Olivia also has some good ideas here ( these may help too.
      I hope you have a lovely visit with your friend, your company will be a treat too,
      Gemma 🙂

    • Isalee on April 21, 2019 at 4:59 am

      A bit late now, but for what it’s worth, Monk Fruit is a natural sweetener which is good for both diabetes and cancer. It’s also anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, and contains nutrients and anti-oxidants.

  3. David Valle on December 9, 2018 at 9:24 am

    There is no alternate of a handmade snow cone. That’s the reason me and my wife all time make snow cone at our home and we enjoy, even in this winter also.

    Thank you so much for these recipes.

    • Gemma Stafford on December 10, 2018 at 2:53 am

      Hi David,
      I know, such a simple and lovely treat.
      Thank you for your kind words and for being here with us,
      Gemma 🙂

  4. Asprsion on November 18, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Can I use fruit jam instead of fresh fruits? or just premade syrups, like chocolate?

    • Gemma Stafford on November 20, 2018 at 4:23 am

      Hi there,
      Sure you can, not the jam, but certainly the syrups. Here are some for you to make too,
      Gemma 🙂

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    • Gemma Stafford on November 8, 2018 at 5:36 am

      Hi there,
      Thank you! That is truly kind. Ira is our videographer, and he is very particular about his work. I will tell him, he will be happy,
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Dilini on October 6, 2018 at 2:43 am

    Can I use carambola I mean star fruit for making this stuff..Pls reply so quickly cz Im just in such a hurry

    • Gemma Stafford on October 7, 2018 at 2:10 pm


      If you can make it into a puree then yes you can use it. From my experience with star fruit I’m not sure if it’s the right fruit for this recipe.


  7. Hanna on July 24, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Hi Gemma,
    I was wondering if I could use powdered sugar for this?

    • Gemma Stafford on July 24, 2018 at 8:59 pm

      Hi Hanna,

      I don’t recommend it. I think granulated sugar is best.

      Gemma 🙂

  8. Cynthia on June 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    This looks really good I will have to try it. I love to watch your videos 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on June 27, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      thanks so much, Cynthia. Really glad you like my recipes.


  9. Alex on June 25, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Can i use strawberries for this. And also if you use frozen how much longer will they have to be on it for.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 26, 2018 at 2:35 am

      Hi Alex,
      Sure you can, that will work really well too. The time will be the same,
      Gemma 🙂

  10. Tammy Lamons on June 3, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    How long is the fresh fruit syrup good if kept refrigerated? I read the koolaid syrup is good for 30 days but like the idea of using real fruit instead.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 4, 2018 at 3:44 am

      Hi Tammy,
      This fruit syrup is cooked out. Place it in a sterile bottle/jar and it will hold very well for a couple of weeks at least. It is also a better flavor than store bough syrups, and has not been artificially thickened. Try it! Delicious on all sorts of summer desserts,
      Gemma 🙂

  11. AACKERSON on May 28, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Hey Gemma, I just made this using Light Agave syrup in place of the sugar. I used 3Tbl, I don’t like things too sweet. It turned out so yummy. And, because Agave is low on the Glycemic Index it is Diabetic freindly.

    • Gemma Stafford on May 29, 2018 at 3:37 am

      Hi there,
      Yes! Thank you for this kind review, and especially the tip about using agave in this recipe. I know how much of a worry diabetes is for many people. Agave is a lovely thing, and it is natural too, high in fructose, but low on the glycemic index. Not perfect for everyone, but good for some. This will help others,
      Gemma 🙂

  12. taiwokhadijat on July 13, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Pls, how will I save my recipes?

    • Gemma Stafford on July 14, 2017 at 2:07 am

      hi there,
      You will see the heart button at the head of the recipe, when you press this it will save the recipe for you.
      Thank you for being in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

  13. Mila on June 23, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Hi Gemma, is there anything we can make with watermelons ?
    Also can you tell me when making the 2 ingredient ice cream do we only use vanilla if the ice cream is plain or do we still add it even though we will be adding other flavors to it? (will it change the flavor?)
    I tried making an ice cream cake with brownie at the bottom as a base but even though the ice cream was delicious the brownie was rock hard, is there anything else i can use that wont bend the spoons? 🙂
    Thank you

    • Gemma Stafford on June 26, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      Hi Mila,

      So if I am understanding you correctly you don’t need to add vanilla if you don’t want to. If you want it plain then yes you can add vanilla if you wish.

      crumble the brownie up next time. Chunks will freeze hard.

      for a watermelon flavor you would have to puree some watermelon and cook it down with some sugar like i did the other fruit.

      I hope this helps you. 🙂

  14. Elizabeth Brathwaite on June 23, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    How do I make coconut snow cones. Please and thank you.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 26, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      hummm, that is a tough one. I am not sure. you could try cooking down some coconut milk with sugar just like i did with the fruit.

      • Judy Trinigyal Brathwaite on June 26, 2017 at 2:08 pm

        Thank you very much I will try that.

  15. Trisha on June 23, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Hey Gemma! I love your recipes and just love watching your videos! Pls make a video on how to make gluten free breads and other gluten free recipes with th gluten free flours you had made! As I can’t eat to much gluten! Thanks ???

    • Gemma Stafford on June 23, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Hi Trisha,

      thank you so much, I’m delighted you like my recipes. I’ll add your request to my list 🙂

  16. Shelia Chapman on June 23, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Hi Gemma,
    One of my best friends – whom I refer to as my sister – is diabetic, and for her sake and for my own health, I’m cutting WAY back on my carbs. After all, sugar kills. Unforunately, aspartame (and it’s many other psedomnyms) is no better. I would appreciate it if you could give me an approximation on the amount of stevia or honey I could use in place of the sugar. Thanks.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Hi Shelia,

      I have never used stevia but I’m guessing about 3 or 4 teaspoons of it to the fruit.


      • Irene on July 10, 2017 at 5:47 pm

        I meant Glycemic index

        • Gemma Stafford on July 11, 2017 at 2:24 am

          Hi Irene,
          Yes, this is true, coconut sugar is lower on the Glycemic index and a great alternative to refined sugars, thank you for that tip.
          Gemma 🙂

  17. Kesia on June 22, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Hey Gemma, I’ve just been waiting for this recipe. How can I make lemon snow cones? Can you pls write the ingredients?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      hummm so juice some lemons and cook it with a little sugar. Taste it to see if it is sweet enough. Strain the mix and then pour over ice.

      Maybe juice 4 lemons and use 2 tablespoons of sugar 🙂

  18. Jacqueline on June 22, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    That looks awesome. Can’t wait to try this recipe. How would I make a citrus syrup – lime, lemon, grapefruit, orange – to make into a citrus snow cone?
    Also, how can I make this into a slushy (like a Dairy Queen arctic drink)? Would I mix all in a blender along with the crushed ice?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      So for citrus just juice some citrus fruit and cook it like I do the fruit with a little bit of sugar. Taste it to see if you need to add more sugar. strain it and use.

      I am not sure about how to make a slushy because i have never had one of those before.


      • Kyle on March 22, 2018 at 6:43 am

        Just pour the crushed ice into a cup, along with the syrup mixture and stir with a spoon

  19. ash on June 22, 2017 at 11:45 am

    can i use chocolate sauce? will it taste good?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      yeah you can. I’m sure it will taste good 🙂

  20. Joanna on June 22, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Do I write the most comments, compared to others! Or the longest?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      I would say a little of both 🙂

  21. Joanna on June 22, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I scared my mom by yelling, “Oh my goodness,” so loudly. I couldn’t believe it when I saw this. Snow cones ? are one of my favorite summer treats. It makes me so happy that you made a recipe for these that anyone can make simply and at home, that’s so cheap! It looks so fruity and delicious ?! Yay! Today my mom and I are going to make some of your Popsicles. I finished my last Fanta popsicle, and I’m SO excited! I’ll tell you about them afterwards. Maybe I can make the snow cones tomorrow. My 3 siblings are of at church camp these days, ( I’m not in youth group yet, somI can’t go ?) so my mom and I are spending special time together, and wanting to make some of your recipes. Question, can you use some other fruit other than mango in the snow cone recipe? Oh, just so you know, (random) I’m 11 and a half years old, will be going up to seventh grade, and I ❤️, ❤️, ❤️ baking! Oh yes! One more thing. The last comment I wrote, asking questions about the popsicles, which recipe did I write it on? I can’t seem to find it. Or if you didn’t answer, that’s perfectly fine, I’ll be patient. I was just wondering. ? Thank you!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      Aw that is so great Joanna!! I’m delighted you liked them.

      you can use whatever fruit you like, just replace the fruit I used with whatever you like.

      I saw you popsicle comment and answered it but I can’t remember which post it was on.

      Happy Baking!

  22. Robert Salmon on June 22, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I used to make these syrups and put a tablespoon or two into a glass filled with ice cubes, then fill the glass with soda water, much better for kids then soda pop.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      Hi Robert,

      that’s a great idea! kind of like making your own cordial.

      I hope you get to try the snow cones 🙂

  23. terrycava on June 22, 2017 at 10:33 am

    How do I make cherry and lemon snow cones? They seem to be my grands and greats favorites. New to the sight which is great. Thank you.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      welcome to my website! thanks so much for checking out my recipes.

      You can just replace the fruit I use with cherries and then sweet in the juice of a lemon or 2. You can add a little more sugar if it is a little bitter form the lemon.

      I hope they turn out great!

  24. Neeti Talwar on June 22, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Hii, ice cones are famous Street sweet (kind of dessert in India) called baraf(ice in Hindi )kaa gola available in many flavours i.e ?☺️.All your recipes are very innovative .Thanks for sharing.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      Yeah someone just told me that. It’s funny to see that there are different versions around the world.

      I hope you get to try them 🙂

  25. Marissa on June 22, 2017 at 9:28 am

    To make grape flavor, would you have to take the skins off of the grapes, or just slice them and press the juices out in the saucepan?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 9:54 am

      I think you would leave the skins on and just cook them down with sugar like I did with the other fruit. 🙂

      • Marissa on June 22, 2017 at 10:03 am

        Thank you!!

  26. supraja on June 22, 2017 at 8:38 am

    hi. This snow comes r called Gola in India n we used to get this outside the school for 1.rupee during the summer

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 9:11 am

      I just learned that, interesting how lots of countries have their own spin on it 🙂

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