Frequently Asked Questions


  • How do I find financing?

    Snowie has two 3rd party leasing companies that are aware of our products. You can get their information on our web page under “leasing”.

    Many of our customers use credit cards, since the interest rate is so low these days.

    Small business loan from the bank.

  • What is the profit margin with shaved ice?

    (Based off an 8oz size) Your cost of an 8oz size is 0.11 cents. That includes: cup, straw, napkin, flavoring, sugar & ice. You should sell an 8 oz size for at least $1.00 to $1.50, which would give you a minimum mark up of 85% (your profit from $1.00 is $.89 & $1.50 is $1.39 each).


  • What advantages do I have by preserving my sugar water?

    Keeps your jugs clean from mold

    Keeps your sugar water from molding up to 1 year

    Makes your flavors taste fresh.

  • How long do our flavor concentrates last?

    They have a 3 year shelf life.

  • What is the measurement for sugar water?

    5 to 1 example:

    5lb bag of sugar to make 1 gallon of sugar water

    25lb bag of sugar to make 5 gallons of sugar water

  • Are your syrups concentrated?


    • 4 oz concentrate = 1 gallon syrup
    • 16 oz concentrate = 4 gallons syrup
    • 1 gallon concentrate = 32 gallons syrup
  • What is Tigersblood, Bug Juice, & Blue Dragon?

    Strawberry & Coconut, Strawberry & Banana, & Tropical Fruits

General Questions

  • What kind of license do you need to operate a shaved ice business?

    Health permit

    Operating license

  • How do I find out about vendor locations or events?

    We offer our Snowie Locations where you can find a Snowie Vendor near you. Head to, we also host an annual Snowie Summit Conference event every year (typically in February). 

    For other local events in your area please check your local Newspaper, Chamber of Commerce, or Network with other vendors on upcoming events. 


  • How many cups of shaved ice can I shave with an 8lb bag of ice?

    Approximately 20 cups (8oz size)

  • Are your Shavers NSF approved?

    YES. Our shavers are NSF approved.

  • Are your Shavers 220v or 110v?

    We offer shavers in both 220v and 110v.

  • Do you offer a home shaved ice machine?

    Yes – visit to explore our home shaved ice snow cone machine.