Remember snow cones - those icy sugary flavored domes enjoyed at festivals and fairs, and that cooled you off on hot summer days? I just loved them as a kid and recently reacquainted myself with this fun treat by creating a raw version.
Cantaloupe isn’t the first flavor that comes to mind when you think of a snow cone, however it turned out to be a great choice. Besides, my husband was a bit over zealous when we last went food shopping. There were six cantaloupes hanging around the kitchen and I had to do something quick â€“ one down, five more to go.
You don’t need a snow cone machine to make this treat, a blender or a food processor, a freezer friendly container, and a little manual shaving action will do the job.
Cantaloupe Snow Cone
Any fruit or fruit combinationâ€“ cherry, blueberry, peach, grape, strawberry, watermelon, cherry, pineapple, or raspberry - is perfect for making these snow cones. Some fruits are naturally sweeter than others so you may want to use agave for added sweetness.
4 cups cantaloupe chunks, peeled, seeds removed
1 tablespoon agave , optional
Blend the cantaloupe chunks in a blender or process in a food process. Pour the cantaloupe juice into a freezer friendly container and place in the freezer.
When the cantaloupe juice is frozen, remove the container from the refrigerator and allow the cantaloupe ice to thaw just a bit, about 10 minutes.
Begin shaving the top of the cantaloupe ice with an ice cream scoop or sturdy utensil. Continue until you have enough shaved ice to create a snowball.
Use a glass with a short bowl and wide enough rim to pack in the shaved ice. Pack the shaved ice up to the rim, then top with more shaved ice and shape to create a dome.