What is better on this snow day than...... A SNOW CONE !
A snow cone is a paper cone filled with crushed ice topped with flavored sugar syrup. Due to the popularity of snowballs, many snow cones are now made bearing similarities to these balls of crushed snow.
In Cuba and many Cuban neighborhoods, they are known as "granizados," after the Spanish word granizo for hailstones. In Miami neighborhoods, they are often sold in conjunction with other frozen confections in ice cream trucks and stands throughout the city. A classic Cuban flavoring for granizados is anise, made from extracts of the star anise spice.
In Puerto Rico and many Puerto Rican neighborhoods, they are named "Piragua", because they are made in pyramid shapes and agua means water in Spanish. Most Puerto Rican snow cone vendors use street snow cone carts instead of fixed stands or kiosks. During the summer months in Puerto Rican neighborhoods, especially in New York and Philadelphia, "piragua" carts are often found on the streets and attract many customers.
In Mexico, California, Texas and the Southwestern United States, a finely shaved and syruped ice is called a raspa, or respado. Raspar is Spanish for "scrape"; hence raspado means "scraped", referring to the ice. Raspados come in a wide range of fruit flavors and classic Mexican flavors, such as leche (sweetened milk with cinnamon), picosito (lemon and chili powder), chamoy (fruits and chili sauce), cucumber, guanabana, guava, pistachio, tamarind, among others.
This homemade snow cone recipe can be used with shaved ice or, if you have one, with your snow cone maker.
1 envelope of any flavor of kool-aid (unsweetened)
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup cold water
2 quarts(8 cups) finely crushed ice
Place Kool-Aid mix into a small plastic pitcher or bowl. Add cold water; stir until drink mix and sugar are dissolved. For each serving, pour about 1 tablespoon of the drink mix over 1 cup of ice.
Yummy any time of the year !!!