All-Natural Blueberry and Mango Snow Cone Syrup {Recipe Redux Frozen Dessert Challenge}

Say goodbye to the artificial colors in snow cone syrup and hello to our all-natural blueberry and mango syrups.

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We don’t know too many children who would turn their noses up to ice cream and other frozen treats. In fact, we can still remember hot summer days from our youth when the ice cream man drove by with a truckload of Hoodsie Cups and we’d eat them with flat wooden “spoons.” It was never easy, but the effort was well worth it since our parents only allowed such decadence once a week!

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Nowadays, ice cream is a daily ritual in some families — the fat, sugar, and calories can really add up — so for this month’s Recipe Redux frozen dessert challenge, we decided to create a light frozen treat perfect for every day of the week.

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We used our new electric ice shaver machine and silicone cone cups and holders for the icy snow cone base, and then we whipped up two syrups made with lots of real fruit — blueberries and mangos — and no refined sugar or artificial colors.

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Though we haven’t tried this yet, we think the fruit syrups would be a refreshing topping for low-fat frozen vanilla yogurt.

Blueberry Snow Cone Syrup

Makes 8 Servings (about 2 tablespoons per serving)

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

1. Place the blueberries, water, honey, and lemon juice in a blender, and blend until well combined.

2. Pour the syrup into a squeeze bottle and pour over shaved ice.

Nutrition Information per Serving (2 tablespoons):  15 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated), mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate, 4g sugar, 1g fiber, 0g protein

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Mango Snow Cone Syrup

Makes 12 Servings (about 2 tablespoons per serving)

  • 1 cup frozen or fresh mango chunks
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Place the mango, juice, and vanilla extract in a blender, and blend until well combined.

2. Pour the syrup into a squeeze bottle and pour over shaved ice.

Nutrition Information per Serving (2 tablespoons):  15 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate, 2g sugar, 0g fiber, 0g protein, 20% vitamin C

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Janice’s daughter, Leah, and her friend Julianne cool off this summer with our fruit-filled snow cones.

GIVEAWAY NEWS: {Giveaway is closed}

Thanks to the folks at West Bend kitchen appliances, we are giving away an Electric Ice Shaver (retail value, $29.99), a set of 4 Silicone Cone Cups (retail value, $5.99), and a set of 4 Snow Cone Cup Holders (retail value, $5.99). One lucky winner will win all three frozen treat items!

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Disclosure: We requested and received sample products for review.


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78 responses to “All-Natural Blueberry and Mango Snow Cone Syrup {Recipe Redux Frozen Dessert Challenge}”

  1. gretchen says:

    what fun snow cone cups!! love these ideas… such a great alternative to those sticky sweet syrups. and anything frozen mango is always a hit with me!

  2. Yum! I know several teenagers here would be diving into the blueberry snow cones.

  3. Yum! Love the freshly made syrups!

  4. The cute snow cone cups would make anything you put in them more fun! Love this cool, refreshing treat — and only 15 calories per serving. Wow!

  5. Janel says:

    I love that you have snow cone cups!!! Adorable! And they make great photos 🙂

  6. Alexandra says:

    This looks great- I could see this syrup being used a lot of ways. I love that so many of us used mangos in our recipe, perfect for summer! My family’s favorite dessert is frozen lemonade pie 🙂

  7. My kids love snow cones too, but I never thought to make a coulis or fruit based syrup…love it.

  8. Ginie says:

    My daughter loves too frozen treats. We do ice pops and freeze seizable yogurts. Those snow cones would be so much fun to do too.

  9. Laurie says:

    I love these conical cups! We like to make fruit and yogurt smoothies and pop them in the freezer for a special treat.

  10. Laurie says:

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  11. Leah Smith says:

    LOVE THIS!! I can’t wait to try. My kids love snow cones, and I am always saying no, well, almost always. They’ll be excited to try too! I already like you on FB!

  12. Leah Smith says:

    I’m an RSS subscriber too.

  13. Leah Smith says:

    I tweeted this post.

  14. Peggy C. says:

    I absolutely love this idea for making snow cones; and, I would love to win the electric ice shaver as well as the snow cone and holder set…so practical! 🙂

  15. Love, love, LOVE this idea! So cute…

    …now… if only “I” had a fancy snow cone machine 😉

    Great post ladies!

  16. Leah Smith says:

    I shared this post on facebook.

  17. Miranda says:

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  18. Miranda says:

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  19. Miranda says:

    We love frozen bananas dipped in melted chocolate chips and rolled in peanuts.

  20. This looks amazing! I just love how you made the syrup!
    What a great idea!
    One of my favorite frozen desserts growing up has got to be ice cream sandwiches. Especially with my mom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies. Those are just too delicious!

  21. FABULOUS idea! My kids would absolutely love this! Those snow cone cups are so cute and love how they wont fall apart like the paper ones do. Pink lemonade pie was my favorite family dessert growing up 🙂

  22. Amy says:

    Homemade cookies filled with ice cream with favorite topping around the edges.

  23. Amy says:

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  24. Karman says:

    Love that you made snow cone syrup from fresh fruit! Sounds much better than the artificial alternative!

  25. Linda Broderick says:

    My kids love Italian ice, but this sounds so much healthier – less sugar for sure!

  26. Kara says:

    What a fun idea! Kids get the taste they want without the sugar high and extra calories. It’s a win-win!

  27. Serena says:

    What a refreshing idea! Fruit and ice is more refreshing than heavy cream any day. Janice, the photos are beautiful – they just pop with color! Impressive! Thanks for Recipe Reduxing with us!

  28. cathy castro says:

    OMG! I absolutely love ice cream sandwiches. they have been my favorite since i was a kid. However, my kids love snow cones and would love to get this for them. thank you so much for everything.

  29. Kristine says:

    Thank you for the great syrup recipes…love them! Our favorite summertime treat is Italian ice or slush. Yum!!

  30. Jeanne S says:

    What a fun idea! Great recipes makeovers! Can’t wait to try them out,

  31. Erin says:

    We love ice pops!

  32. Betty says:

    I adore snow cones! To be able to have a healthy one is even better! Thanks!

  33. Our fav is my daughter Kylie’s creation. Organic peanut butter , organic cocoa powder, agave syrup, bananas, strawberries, hemp milk, vanilla extract blended until smooth then poured into Popsicle molds and then placed in the freezer until set.

  34. Sara Thiel says:

    Our favorite is frozen strawberry yogurt with magic shell on top. YUM. Perhaps we can try a strawberry snowcone in the near future?

  35. Julie says:

    We make our own popsicles with 100% fruit juice frozen into popsicle molds.

  36. Sara Westhead says:

    Our family just LOVE smoothies! Toss in some frozen berries, vanilla yoghurt, a little bit of skim milk and some ice – and, Voila! A great way to beat the heat!

  37. Katie says:

    Frozen Yogurt Pie is our favorite.

  38. Katie says:

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  40. Alison says:

    I don’t know many frozen treat recipes, but my partner recently made a batch of delicious homemade blackberry ice cream, made with berries we had just picked earlier that day on a walk through the woods. It was pretty amazing!

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  43. Joy says:

    Our family loves paht bingsoo. Korean icey treat. Shaved ice, topped with sweet red bean paste, condensed milk and fresh fruit.

  44. karen says:

    coolwhip and bananas frozen on cinamon grahm crackers
    yummy like a mini ice cream sandwich

  45. Ann says:

    Old fashioned vanilla ice cream never gets old here.

  46. Marla Polley says:

    We love homemade peach ice cream!

  47. Joanna says:

    I like making smoothies with frozen fruit and yogurt and we like to freeze yogurt into popsicles.

  48. Judy says:

    I use my vitamix to make healthy sorbet with fresh fruit and ice or frozen fruit. It is much healthier and I don’t have to worry about what is in it. My son is dairy intolerant and this way I know he can eat it.

  49. Jill N says:

    We make fruit smoothies all the time, but sadly I’d really just rather have ice cream! 🙂

  50. Deb Gale says:

    We love homemade vanilla ice cream

  51. Megan says:

    Has to be Ice cream sandwich. But I don’t eat them often!

  52. Kim says:

    Homemade chocolate ice cream – tastes like a fudge popsicle

  53. Angela R says:

    My favorite frozen dessert recipe is the Neelys Frozen Lemonade Pie….it’s yummy!

  54. Lori S. says:

    Our favorite frozen dessert is quick and easy. We have blackberry bushes, so I freeze a lot of them every year. My kids love when I serve frozen blackberries with hot vanilla sauce. For the sauce, I melt some white chocolate in the microwave with milk or whipping cream, if I have it. Add a splash of vanilla and pour some sauce over a dessert bowl full of frozen berries.

  55. LLeighN says:

    Frozen bananas dipped in chocolate!!! Yum!

  56. Caren says:

    Frozen yogurt with fresh fruit frozen inside.

  57. Katie says:

    I love the Buttermilk Ice Cream from Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs by Rozanne Gold. Lemony and delicious AND low-fat. 🙂

  58. tamar says:

    My kids love everything frozen, even cookies! I make ices with fruit juices, but I love the idea of using fresh fruits to sweeten and flavor. I’d love to try the snowcone maker!!

  59. tamar says:

    I subscribe!!

  60. A lane Floyd says:

    Frozen yogurt pie. Take a graham cracker crust. Mix together 2 containers of favorite yogurt flavor with cool whip. Pour in pie crust and freeze.

  61. Stacey says:

    Inspired by one of your podcasts/ posts, I bought “ring pop” popsicle molds at the start of the summer. We put fruit and 1 tsp of either jello or pudding powder in the blender and freeze it in the popsicle molds. A big hit around our house. (I use the jello or pudding because my kids are little and it slows the melt.) On a not-so-healthy, needs a makeover note- I make brownie cake. A thin layer of brownie, ice cream, another thin brownie layer, all topped with chocolate ganache and whipped cream. 🙂

  62. Stacey says:

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  63. Suzanne says:

    Making these Peanut Butter Muffins for my kids back to school week (even though they are in college) ..

  64. Lori A. says:

    We love whipping up frozen bananas in the food processor to make banana “ice cream”
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  67. Lori says:

    My kids favorite is a frozen smoothie. We usually use bananas, strawberries, and blueberries mixed with milk, vanilla & ice.

    We’ve also made frozen bananas & sunbutter. You just need to take a ripe banana and split it in half. Then, smooth some Sunbutter over the halves. Put it back together & wrap in foil. Place it in the freezer until frozen, then slice and enjoy.

    Both are quite good.

  68. Jody Hinkleman says:

    I just subscribed, I can’t believe it took me so long!

  69. Rebecca says:

    Yummy! My kiddos love snow cones! Thankful ppl are posting healthier ways to make them!

  70. Lisa justus says:

    My kids love slushies/snow cones. We would really love to win one of these.

  71. Beth says:

    Thanks for the great recipes! Snow cones would be a great treat!

  72. Judy says:

    My kids are so picky, but a frozen treat is one way to get them to eat fruit.

  73. Wendy Kemp says:

    My family’s favorite frozen dessert recipe isn’t really a recipe, it’s Ben & Jerry’s pints! But if I win that could change. I LOVE shaved ice!

  74. Wendy Kemp says:

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  75. Marie Sanborn says:

    We love fresh from our garden blackberry and blueberry Popsicles made from whole fruit and honey to taste-yum. Don’t forget homemade vanilla ice cream-real cream, vanilla and honey or sugar kneaded in a plastic bag inside a larger bag containing ice and salt. The kids each squish their own and eat it right out of the inner bag.

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