Tag Archives: shave ice syrup

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!

Shave Ice Syrups: Concentrate vs. Ready-to-Use

18 Jul

A common question we get is whether a business should use RTU (ready-to-use) syrups or concentrate. Of course there will pros and cons to both options, so here are some things to consider.

RTU Syrups:


  • RTU syrups  don’t require any mixing or purchase of additional ingredients. Convenience is a big advantage. Just open the bottle, add a pour spout, and you’re ready for business.


  • Most RTU syrups use controversial HFCS or high fructose corn syrup. Check the ingredient list on your chosen brand.
  • If you will be ordering your product online, you will pay a significant amount more for shipping due to the “water weight”.
  • RTU syrups are 50-60% more expensive than if you mix the syrups yourself.
  • You will create more waste, since you will go through your product much faster.



  • Concentrates require a sweetener, sugar being the common option. Sugar is naturally more flavorful than what you will find in a bottled RTU syrup.
  • Because concentrates do not contain any sweetener, it gives business owners the option of offering sugar-free flavors. You may substitute sugar with Splenda, agave nectar, or any other type of sugar alternative.
  • Concentrate is the most economical for shipping rates and price per unit.
  • Shave ice concentrate can keep for up to a year, depending on the brand. Only the amount needed can be made, preventing spoilage and waste of unused syrup.
  • You can advertise your product as being “homemade”.


  • Mixing concentrate for your homemade syrups will take time.