Flavor Friday – Episode #6

Callie talks to us to day about making Sugar Water so that you can make snow cone flavors or shaved ice flavors from our amazing liquid concentrate. During the video, we didn’t talk about the volume of flavor that you can yield from our concentrate so I would like to touch on that now. The first thing I would like to emphasize is that our concentrate is good for three years, opened or not. This is a huge reason for of doing shaved ice as a business. We have nearly no waste when it comes to our product. This three year shelf life on our concentrate gives you oodles of time to use your product. It also gives you a lenient process for dialing in your inventory as you start your business.

Our concentrate grows 32 times when mixed with Sugar Water or Simple Syrup as some people call it. If you purchase one pint of concentrate, you will be able to make 32 pints of flavor! The cost savings on this yield is insane and makes it very affordable for you to sell a premium product.

Point of Emphasis! We are planning a Flavor Friday that will focus heavily on this point, but I would like to state it here as well as it is relevant. Our flavors are Amazing! We truly believe they are the best in the whole of the shaved ice industry. We take great pride in this achievement. However, what I really want to point out is when you see that our flavors are more expensive than most flavor producers out there, remember this, it is literally less than a penny per shaved ice more to use our premium flavor on your shaved ice. This is often a make or break decision as to whether people will return to your stand or not. Do not skimp on flavors, buy the best flavors available from Snowie.com

Now, let’s catch up to the video. Callie takes us through the process for making sugar water on a smaller scale. By small scale, I mean as small as one pint at a time up to making 5 gallons at a time. We will get into larger volumes next week. This video instructs those who have shaved ice at home with the Little Snowie 2 Ice Shaver as well as those who run a shaved ice business and use multiple 5 gallon jugs for their sugar water.

First, Callie makes Sugar Water for individual serving bottles. The process for mixing these small serving containers one at a time is quite easy. First put your sugar in the serving bottle. If it is a pint, you will put 1-1/4 cups of sugar into the pint bottle. Fill it mostly with water and mix it vigorously. Once the sugar is dissolved, add a 1/2 ounce of concentrate to that bottle. If it needs a little more water to top it off, go ahead and do that.  Then you will shake it again until the color is mixed throughly and you are done.

If you are making a quart serving bottle, the process is exactly the same, except you will pour 2-1/2 cups of sugar into the bottle.

If you are making a 1 gallon jug, the amount of sugar to pour into the jug is 5 lbs.

Now, if you are making a 5 gallon head-pack, the process changes. You will do the following.


Fill your 5 gallon jug with one gallon of water.


Pour in one ounce scoop of the dry preservative, or two ounces if you are using the liquid preservative.


Pour in 25 lbs of sugar water.


If you are using the mixing bit, fill it up to the 4 gallon mark with water. Otherwise, fill it all the way to the 5 gallon mark.

If you do use the mixing bit, go ahead and mix it heavily at the 4 gallon mark. This will prevent the sugar water from gushing out of the top of the jug.  Then top off with water.


Add one ounce of Citric Acid either liquid or powder to activate your preservative and mix. If you are using the mixing bit, you only need to lightly run the drill to make sure the citric acid dissolves evenly throughout the 5 gallon jug.

You Did It! You now have perfect, preserved sugar water that is good for one year! Make sure you follow these steps to make sure you are creating the most delicious Shaved Ice Flavors around.

Again, your Snow Cone Flavors are a critical factor when people decide whether or not they will return to your stand. Make sure you buy good flavors and create sugar water properly!

We also mentioned in the video that we would include the description of the drills that we use for our drill mixing mount. Those drills are: Rigid R7001 and Dewalt DWD110

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Thanks for watching and we will see you next week for Flavor Friday!