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How to Make Simple Syrup

19 Oct

One of the biggest time-savers in preparing shave ice syrups is pre-making the simple syrup and adding concentrate as needed. Here is our recipe:

5 lbs. sugar + 2 quarts water = 1 gallon of simple syrup

25 lbs sugar + 3 gallons water = 5 gallons of simple syrup

The hotter the water the better, as it dissolves the sugar faster. It will become clear and thicken as it cools. One option is to actually boil the syrup for 3-5 minutes, resulting in a sweeter, thicker syrup. The cooking process breaks down the sugar into two simple sugars, fructose and glucose, increasing its sweetness up to 24%. Although it is not necessary to boil it in order to make a delicious syrup, the shelf life will increase since bacteria has been killed during the cooking process. It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth the extra time and general inconvenience. Happy syrup making!

Creating Shave Ice Cream Flavors

5 Jul

Many business owners opt to offer the sweetened condensed milk as a topping, also called a snow cap. It gives Hawaiian shave ice a velvety, cream texture that we especially love on root beer. YUM! But if you want to add a little something different to the menu, cream flavors can be a fun option. You can charge a little extra for the specialty flavors to offset costs and rotate a different flavor each week!

To make a quart of your homemade cream flavors:

Pour 4 oz. of evaporated milk to an empty quart bottle

Top off with your preferred flavor syrup (citrus or sour flavors are not recommended)

That’s it! Just be sure to keep refrigerated and cool 😉


Now if you would like to make an especially creamy syrup which will create a texture similar to that of ice milk, try the following recipe:

To make a quart of your homemade “ice cream” flavors:

Pour 2 ounces of syrup concentrate with one can of sweetened condensed milk into an empty quart bottle
Fill the quart bottle the rest of the way with milk.

That’s it! Also, keep refrigerated and cool.

*** Careful not to use evaporated milk or condensed milk interchangeably. Although they’re similar in consistency, condensed milk is 40-45% sugar, while evaporated milk is not sweetened. ***

Our favorite flavors to create cream flavors from are strawberry, coconut, and coffee. But be creative, the possibilities are endless!