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Sno Cone versus Shaved Ice

When choosing a snow cone machine or shaved ice machine, it is a good idea to identify the reason for your purchase.  Are you renting the machine?  If so, you will want the machine to be light and transport easily.  Will it be for a high volume location or household use?  This will help you determine if you need a high output snow cone machine or one recommended for residential use.  Now that you’ve decided on the use for your machine, let’s get down to the questions and answers of snow cone making.

Q. What is the difference between snow cones and shaved ice?

A.  Many people wonder what the difference between shaved ice and snow cones are.  The answer is simple really.  Snow Cones have larger granules of ice than shaved ice.  Shaved ice is more comparable to snow, and is very fine, light, and fluffy whereas Snow Cones have larger pieces of ice.  Usually one can charge more for shaved ice than a snow cone, but snow cones continue to be one of the most popular concession stand foods with good reason:  they are inexpensive to produce and they are consistent sellers.

Q.  What do I need to make snow cones?

A.  You will need your snow cone machine or shaved ice machine, ice (the colder the ice the finer the shave), and your syrup. 

Q.  What is the difference between a ready to use (RTU) syrup and a powdered mix concentrate?

A.  The RTU syrups come packaged ready to use in either quart or gallon sized bottles.  The quarts already have flip top lids and the gallons require the use of a pump (remember: one pump to each flavor).  The  eezee concentrates are lighter to ship, but take some time to mix with sugar and water in order to get the snow cone syrup you need.

There are two basic types of Snow Cone Machines:  entry level and high output.  The following machines can be considered entry level snow cone machines:

Entry Level Snow Cone Machines
Shave A Doo Non-UL Listed Port-A-Blast Sno Cone Machine
Shav A Doo UL Listed Simply-A-Blast Sno Cone Machine
Sno King Machine Arctic Blast
Sno Pro Blizzard Sno Cone Machine
Sno Flake The Cooler Sno Kone Machine
Deluxe Shave A Doo 1911 Sno Kone Machine
Polar Pete Sno Kone Machine Snow Bank Snow Cone Machine 


The following machines can be considered high output snow cone machines:

High Output Snow Cone Machines
Snokonette Ice Shaver Bliz Whiz Ice Shaver
Deluxe Snokonette Shavatron Ice Shaver


These machines can be considered entry level ice shavers:

Entry Level Ice Shavers
Shavette Little Shaver Little Snowie


These machines can be considered high output ice shavers:

High Output Ice Shavers
Hawaii's Finest Deluxe Ice Shaver Hatsuyuki Block Ice Shaver 12 V Battery
Hawaii's Finest Super Shaver Snowie 1000 AC Version
Olde New Orleans Ice Shaver Snowie 1000 DC Version
Hatsuyuki Cube Ice Shaver 115 V Snowie 3000 AC Version
Hatsuyuki HC8EDC  Cube Ice Shaver 12 V Battery Snowie 3000 DC Version
Hatsuyuki Block Ice Shaver 115 V  
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