Renting a Snow Cone Machine is a fun food item usually made of compacted shaved ice flavored with a brightly colored flavored syrup, usually fruit-flavored. Snow cone machines are very popular with both kids and adults alike in late Spring and especially during the summer months. Consuming a Snow Cone is a great way to “beat the heat”! .
In 1934, inventor Ernest Hansen patented the first known “Ice block shaver” in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was inspired to create a more refined and hygenic version of the popular “Italian Ice” sold from push-carts in the city. His wife Mary created many flavors of fresh syrups to flavor his finely shaved artificial “snow”. “Snow balls” have been popular in New Orleans ever since. Hansen continued to sometimes works at the origininal “Hansen’s Sno-Bliz” in Uptown New Orleans through 2005, although his granddaughter has taken over much of the workload. Eventually, “Snow balls” became known as “sno-cones”, and their popularity grew worldwide.
Usually, the snow cones are sold at stadiums, festivals, carnivals, church funtions, coliseums, Ice cream vans or by car peddlers at parks.
How to make snow cones
Ours are user friendly & simple
Fill the hopper to within an inch of the top with ice cubes or block ice (no larger than 3″ to 4″). The larger the pieces are, the better the snow.