My interest was piqued when I discovered a shave ice machine at our local Cost Plus World Market. My son had big dreams of spending the $25 to buy one and launching a successful career as a shave ice expert, I thought it would quickly pay for itself with convenience and savings IF it actually worked (unlike the Snoopy Snow Cone Machine I was disappointed with as a child).
I whipped up a few batches with some of my favorite herbs from my garden, fully expecting to end up having to delegate them as being for the adult snow cones but to my surprise my kids were fighting over who got to eat the rosemary-lavender snow cone. They were delicious and though they are still technically a “treat” not intended for consumption every day, I feel less guilty letting the kids enjoy these instead of the more artificial options.
Herbal Simple Syrups
- 3 cups granulated sugar
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- 3 cups water
- ½ cup dried herb of choice or 1 cup fresh herb
Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to simmer and stir until sugar dissolves then immediately remove from heat (do not allow sugar to cook and caramelize–this will change the flavor). Stir in the herb and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain and store in refrigerator. These are excellent poured over shave ice for a more “gourmet” option or stirred in iced tea as a flavored sweetener. The syrup will keep for several weeks if refrigerated.