Flavors and Sugar Water

Sugar Water Recipe and Making Flavor Syrup

Sugar Water:

To make five gallons, pour about 2 gallons of hot water into a 5-gallon hedpak container. Add 1 ounce of granule preservative. Shake until granules are completely dissolved (this is vitally important as granules will not dissolve once you add the citric acid). Once granules are dissolved, add 1 ounce of liquid citric acid. Add 25 pounds of sugar and shake well until sugar is dissolved. Fill the hedpak with cold water to the five gallon mark. Once the cold water is added to the 5-gallon mark, shake well to ensure sugar is mixed throughout and not stratified at the bottom. (We have found that when using with the Sno Shack hand mixer, at least 3 minutes is satisfactory).
*If mixing simple syrup in 1-gallon increments to make 4 quarts of sugar water at a time we recommend using once of our empty gallon jugs or a clean milk jug. Fill the container with hot water approximately 2 ½” from the bottom of container. Add a 5 pound bag of sugar, mix well until dissolved and then fill with cold water until at the one gallon mark. Shake well to ensure assured that sugar is evenly distributed throughout.


  • Pour 1 ounce of concentrated flavor into a one quart
    flavor bottle then top off with sugar water. With tip
    covered, turn the quart bottle upside down 2-3 times to
    evenly distribute the flavor.


  • Heaving Whipping Cream:
    • Here at Sno Shack, we love covering our flavored snow cones with heavy whipping cream (not yet whipped). It adds a delicious flavor and creamy texture to the product. We have found that the most cost effective way to purchase cream is through a local dairy or to order it in bulk from stores like Costco or Sam’s Club.
  • Caramel Topping
  • Chocolate Topping
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Sweet Cream Topping Recipe
    • 1 16oz can evaporated milk
      1 pint heavy whipping cream
      ½ cup sugar
      1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Glacier: Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the bottom of the cup before shaving and flavoring the ice. It’s a delicious surprise when you get to the end of your shaved ice!

 Making & Flavoring a Shaved Ice:

  • Snow:
    • If you are familiar with snow you will know that it
      can almost always be lumped into one of two
      categories. Snowball snow, which is wet and moist
      enough to hold itself together and powder snow, the kind that is too fine and too dry to hold its shape.
    • In order for the snow to hold the flavor, we’re looking for snowball snow. This snow comes out of the shaver in large flakes that when packed, will stick together and hold the flavor in each mouth-watering bite! Now, if your blades are sharp and your ice is at the proper temperature, you should get good snow coming out of your block shaver when the speed dial is at a 1.5 or 2. You’ll notice that you have to slow your machine down in order get good snow. When the ice is too cold, the machine is too fast or your blades are dull, the ice can begin to turn powdery, chunky, and hard. Because you can adjust the speed on your machine, it allows you to compensate when needed and still create a consistently yummy product.
  • Making Shaved Ice:
    • First, fill up the Styrofoam cup with “good snowball snow” until it is mounded up over the top of the cup’s rim. Rotate cup to fill it evenly as you go. Fill the corresponding sized funnel a little over the rim— the same way as the cup. Pack the cup and the snow-filled funnel together. Twist off the funnel and you should have a perfectly packed snow cone. You can tell the ice is properly packed by taking the ice out of the cup. It should hold the shape of the cup and funnel without air pockets. The key to getting properly packed ice is to practice! Larger sizes may need to be pressed down in the cup and filled back up before pressing them together with the funnel to give them more stability and to remove any air.
  • Flavoring Shaved Ice:
    • Since Styrofoam cups are typically white, we suggest practicing flavoring with a darker colored flavor. Hold your cup still and pour from the quart serving bottle with your other hand. As you pour the flavor on, start at the top of the shaved ice and slowly rotate your wrist in a circular motion moving down towards the edge of the cup. Never hold the flavor in the same spot! This creates crevices in the ice and it loses its shape. If you have made your shaved ice with good snow that is properly packed, the flavor will start to turn the ice into a different texture. It won’t cave in like it does with powdered snow or icy snow, but it will form tiny indents indicating that it is soaking up the flavor.
    • How much flavor should I use? One sure way to check is to put a straw down the side of the cup after flavoring and then remove it to see how much white is remaining. A fully flavored shaved ice only needs flavor about ¾ of the way down the cup. By the time your customer has eaten down to that point, the flavor will have carried to the bottom. If a customer asks for extra flavor, just go around the top one or two rotations. It doesn’t take much!

Sno Shack Flavor List

Flavoring your shaved ice is the key to repeat customers. Sno Shack flavors undergo frequent taste evaluations to ensure the very best product for your customers. We offer liquid flavor concentrates in over 70 flavors that expand 32 times.

  • Apple, Green
  • Banana
  • Black Cherry
  • Black Raspberry
  • Blue Bubble Gum
  • Blue Cotton Candy
  • Blue Hawaii
  • Blue Raspberry
  • Blueberry
  • Butterscotch
  • Caramel
  • Cheesecake
  • Cherry (Sweet)
  • Cherry Cola
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut
  • Coffee New!
  • Cola
  • Cranberry
  • Cream Soda (Red)
  • Daiquiri
  • Dulce De Leche
  • French Vanilla
  • Fuzzy Navel
  • Godzilla
  • Grape
  • Guava
  • Hawaiian Punch
  • Hawaiian Tropic
  • Honey Dew Melon
  • Horchata
  • Huckleberry
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Lemon-Lime
  • Lime
  • Mai Tai
  • Mango
  • Margarita
  • Maui Wowee
  • Nectarine
  • Orange
  • Orange Pineapple
  • Passion Fruit
  • Peach
  • Pina Colada
  • Pineapple
  • Pink Bubble Gum
  • Pink Champagne
  • Pink Cotton Candy
  • Pink Lemon Sour
  • Pokemon
  • Pomegranate
  • Red Hot
  • Red Raspberry
  • Rock & Roll
  • Root Beer
  • Silver Fox
  • Sour Blue Raspberry New!
  • Sour Cherry
  • Sour Grape
  • Sour Green Apple
  • Strawberry
  • Suicide
  • Swedish Berries
  • Tamarindo
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • Tiger’s Blood
  • Tuitti Fruitti
  • Watermelon
  • Wedding Cake
  • Wild Blackberry
  • Wild Cherry
  • Wild Strawberry

Classic Flavor Combinations

Try these fail proof combinations that will make your mouth water for more!

  • Banana Colada
  • Banana Daiquiri
  • Bananas & Cream
  • Banana Mango
  • Black Cherry Cheesecake
  • Black Cherry Colada
  • Black Cherry Daiquiri
  • Black Cherries & Cream
  • Black Raspberry Colada
  • Black Raspberry Daiquiri
  • Black Raspberries & Cream
  • Blue Raspberry Colada
  • Blue Raspberries & Cream
  • Blueberry Cheesecake
  • Blueberry Colada
  • Blueberry Daiquiri
  • Blueberries & cream
  • Bubblegum & Cream
  • Butterscotch & Cream
  • Caramel Apple
  • Caramel & Cream
  • Cherry Cheesecake
  • Cherry Colada
  • Cherry Daiquiri
  • Cherries & Cream
  • Coconut & Cream
  • Coffee & Cream
  • Cotton Candy & Cream
  • Cranberry Cheesecake
  • Cranberry Colada
  • Cranberry Daiquiri
  • Cranberries & Cream
  • Cream Soda & Cream
  • Dulce de Leche & Cream
  • French Vanilla & Cream
  • Grape & Cream
  • Horchata & Cream
  • Huckleberry Cheesecake
  • Huckleberry Colada
  • Huckleberry Daiquiri
  • Huckleberries & Cream
  • Kiwi Colada
  • Kiwi & Cream
  • Kiwi Daiquiri
  • Mango Cheesecake
  • Mangos & Cream
  • Mango Daiquiri
  • Mango Nectarine
  • Nectarine Cheesecake
  • Nectarine Colada
  • Nectarines & Cream
  • Orange Colada
  • Oranges & Cream = Dreamcicle
  • Peach Colada
  • Peach Daiquiri
  • Peach Nectarine
  • Peach Raspberry
  • Peaches & Cream
  • Pina Colada & Cream
  • Pineapple & Cream
  • Pink Champagne & Cream
  • Pink Lemon Sour
  • Pomegranate Cheesecake
  • Pomegranate Colada
  • Pomegranate Daiquiri
  • Pomegranates & Cream
  • Red Hot & Cream
  • Red Raspberry Cheesecake
  • Red Raspberry Colada
  • Red Raspberry Daiquiri
  • Red Raspberries & Cream
  • Sour Blue Raspberries & Cream
  • Sour Cherries & Cream
  • Sour Grapes & Cream
  • Sour Green Apple & Cream
  • Strawberry Banana
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Strawberry Colada
  • Strawberry Daiquiri
  • Strawberry Mango
  • Strawberries & Cream
  • Swedish Berries & Cream
  • Tiger’s Blood & Cream
  • Wedding Cake & Cream
  • Wild Blackberries & Cream
  • Wild Cherry Cola
  • Wild Cherry Daiquiri
  • Wild Cherries & Cream
  • Wild Strawberries & Cream
  • U.S.A. = Red Raspberry, Pina Colada, Blue Raspberry in stripes. Start w/ colada in middle then add the red and blue on the sides- easier that way
  • Powerhouse = Banana, Peach, Strawberry, Red Raspberry, & Wild Cherry (put on in that order)

All flavors are great with cream but these are tried & true favorites!

Wacky Flavor Combination

Apple Pie Alamode
Cinnamon, French Vanilla, Green Apple

Banana Cream Pie
Banana, Lemon, Cheesecake, French Vanilla

Banana Split
Banana, French Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate

Blue Crush
Kiwi, Blue Raspberry

Candy Apple
Green Apple, Cinnamon

Cherry Blaster
Black Cherry, Cherry, Wild Cherry

Cherry Bliss
Wild Cherry, Black Cherry

Cinnamon Roll
Cinnamon, French Vanilla

Citrus Cooler
Orange, Lemon, Lime

Crème savers
Any flavor with French Vanilla

Dark Knight
Black Cherry, Black Raspberry

Egg Nog:
Red Hot, Daiquiri

Frog in a Blender
Strawberry, Lemon Lime, Daiquiri

Hawaiian Spike
Daiquiri, Hawaiian Punch

Island Paradise
Banana, Pina Colada, Mango

Key Lime Pie
Margarita, Cheesecake

Lime Ricky
Lime, Grape

Malibu Barbie
Pink Champagne, Red Raspberry

Margarita splash
Margarita, Peach, Coconut

Passion Drink
Daiquiri, Passion Fruit

Peach Cobbler
Peach, Cinnamon, French Vanilla

Peach Ring
Peach, Red Raspberry, Strawberry, Banana

Pineapple Colada
Coconut, Pineapple

Root Beer Float
Root Beer, French Vanilla (optional: Glacier & Cream)

Red Raspberry, Blue Raspberry-swirled

Strawberry Margarita
Strawberry, Margarita

Strawberry Shortcake
French Vanilla, Strawberry

Sugar Cookies
French Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cotton Candy

Sweet Tart
Grapefruit, Grape

The Raspberries
Red, Blue, Black Raspberry

Turtle Cheesecake
Cheesecake, Caramel, French Vanilla (Optional: Put cream on top & replace the caramel flavor with
caramel ice cream sundae syrup drizzled on top).

*Note: All Flavors with Cinnamon can be substituted with Red Hot

Flavor and Sugar Water Shelf Life


We are always getting asked how long our flavors concentrates will last. The good thing is… it’s a long time!

If the flavor concentrates are kept in a consistent climate that is room temperature or lower they should easily last 2-3 years. Ideally you are using up what you order each summer but if you have extra flavor concentrate they should be just fine until the next summer- just try to use the oldest ones first. We have noticed that some flavors will tend to weaken in flavor over time if older than 2 years but they are still usable. We always suggest making sure they look, smell, and taste good before serving them to a customer!


If your sugar water is not preserved with Citric Acid and Preservative, use them quickly! It won’t last longer than a few days out of the fridge.

Sugar water and flavored syrup, if preserved, will last a lot longer–especially when stored in your air-conditioned Sno Shack. We suggest using it within six weeks. If you are uncertain about your sugar water or syrups being fresh, we suggest starting over. Better safe than sorry, especially when serving customers.