Snow Cone Happy Hour
From my first Snoopy Snow Cone Machine when I was five to the vintage-looking one I purchased for impromptu summer parties, they are a unique twist to dessert or cocktail time. My biggest issue, though, has always been finding syrups that TASTE good and aren't filled with Red #40 and Yellow #5.
I recently hosted a segment on WCIU that focused on the One of a Kind Show, an event that offers the ultimate handcrafted shopping experience with over 600 vendors at their Holiday edition in Chicago. One of the items I presented was Jo Snow Syrups, a line of natural syrups and flavorings for snow cones, coffee, cocktails, sparkling water and more. I finally found my snow cone topping without exposing my guests to ingredients that miiiight glow in the dark.
Melissa Yen, the founder, invited me to her kitchen where she tests, creates and bottles her all-natural syrups and concoctions. We had a little Wednesday morning happy hour while creating some delicious drinks. Talk about a way to start the day! In addition to the syrups, she also creates flavor drops- no sugar, no calories, just pure flavor. I add it to my LaCroix and create new flavors. My fave is Strawberry Basil, but she also carries Mango Ginger, Pineapple Hop, Root Beer and Guava Coconut. This is a fantastic swap for calorie-heavy sodas.
Check out the concoctions we came up with for creating your own Snow Cone Happy Hour:
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