Making shaved ice and snow cones look truly professional, without making a huge, sticky mess takes some practice. Weíve got some tips and tricks up our sleeves to share with you, so the next time you are gearing up the shaved ice or snow cone machine for a party or a family get-together, you will look like you run your own snow cone and shaved ice shop!

Electric Home-Use Shaved Ice and Snow Cone Machines

Maintaining your snow cone or shaved ice machine properly is crucial to the quality of your output. Like any tool, itís best to clean the machine, especially if it hasnít been used in a while. Aside from the motor unit, all parts may be hand washed with mild soap and warm water. The motor unit may only be cleaned with a damp cloth, but not soaked in any liquid. Be sure not to place any parts in the dishwasher! Ensure that all parts of the machine are dry, before use or putting it away.

When your shaved ice machine is all set to go, you'll need to make sure that youíre using the right type of ice. For the fluffiest shaved ice, itís best to use the two ice molds provided with your machine. You can use regular household ice, but you wonít get the same fluffiness.

On the other hand, with our snow cone machines, household ice cubes or bagged ice work perfectly. For the best ice that's not too wet (makes crunchier ice) or too hard (strains your machineís motor), we strongly recommend that you pull the ice out from your freezer about five minutes before use, letting it thaw for a few minutes.

Pouring delicious flavored syrups on your snow cones and shaved ice as neatly as possible is a common challenge among consumers. Thatís why our resident expert, Brittany has made this video to make it a little bit easier.

First, youíll make a small pocket in your cup or cone, then rotating you wrists, pour the syrup around the outside edges until you reach the top, then pour straight down the middle.

Georgia Peach Snow Cone

Ok, you have your machine in pristine condition, your freshly shaved ice, and your syrups perfectly poured. It sounds like thereís nothing left to do, right? Maybe, not! You could, of course, simply enjoy those delicious flavored shaved ice and snow cones just the way they are. Or, if you want to look like a real pro, whip up some flavors of your own! Weíve got some unique and easy to make recipes for kids and adults to help you elevate your ordinary ice. There are lots to choose from, like the ever-popular Salty Frog Shaved Ice, to the Georgia Peach Snow Cone, and much more.

Step up you snow cone and shaved ice game with these helpful hints and creative ideas, and you will surely wow your friends, family, and customers every time. In your snow cone and shaved ice experience, have you come up with any pointers of your own? Share them with us here, and stay tuned for more frosted thoughts and inspiration from Hawaiian Shaved Ice!