Retro American Treats – my new favourite: the Sno-kone!

On a (British) holiday earlier this month, I had my first ever Sno-kone! And it has quickly become my new favourite.

I found this classic American treat in a retro sweet shop called The Sweet Hut in the seaside town of Felixstowe in Suffolk. It’s the kind of kooky shop where you can buy unusual flavours of Coca-c0la & Fanta, coconut & peanut-butter M&Ms, Wonka chocolate, Root Beer and all kinds of traditional sweets weighed out from big jars. And luckily for me, a Sno-Kone machine!

I’ve never had a Sno-Kone before but I’m a massive fan of Slush Puppies. Yes, I’ve never really grown out of ice drinks with sickly syrup – although I’ve discovered that my local bowling alley does an alco-slushy – genuine Slush Puppy with a shot of spirit – and my favourite is Archers & blue slush. I’ve even found out how to recreate a slushy at home – buy some Kool-Aid from any nearby American goodies shop and pour over ice that I’ve crushed in my blender – yum! Anyway, I didn’t think that a Slush Puppy could be beaten, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out a Sno-Kone for the first time ever.

So I chose the most “Cassiefairy” one from the vast menu of flavours – a bright pink ice cone made with neon syrup that tasted of bubblegum and candy floss. I watched it being made, much the same way that you’d compact snow to create a snowball and when I saw the tiiiiny quantity of syrup being poured on top I was certain that I’d be left with a weak watery mush in the bottom of my cone.

But I was wrong. The Sno-Kone was the most tasty treat I’ve ever experienced – flavoursome and ultra-sweet all the way to the bottom and it really did taste like bubblegum and candy floss! And unlike the Slush Puppy, it’s more of something to eat rather than drink, so it reduces the risk of painful brainfreeze. And now I’m completely addicted (a cheap addiction at only £1 per cone) and need to go back for more – I’m actually salivating as we speak! If you haven’t already tried a genuine Sno-Kone please hunt one out & give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!


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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

3 thoughts on “Retro American Treats – my new favourite: the Sno-kone!

  1. I want to try one – i love slush puppys the red one is my fav but a candy floss sno-cone sounds yummy!!

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