Mexican Sno Cones (with Mango Syrup)

Mexican sno cones are topped with a rich mango syrup and a hint of spice for a unique twist on the classic sno cone.  This recipe for mexican sno cones is also a great natural sno cone alternative! 

Last week we went to our local air show. Since I had taken the kids myself to the air show I made sure some friends were around to help out if I needed it. We set up our chairs and umbrellas, the backpack was stocked with water fans, drinks and snacks and we were ready to watch an afternoon of jets. Those that had kids brought their kids with them.

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The rule of thumb at events (and to prevent me from shelling out huge gobs of money on sugary treats  and having kids who have sugar lows by the end of the event) halfway through an event I let them get a treat of their choice. I make them walk around and look at all of their options wherever we are before deciding. Five minutes after getting to the show my five year old was ready. And she continued to voice her readiness for which treat she wanted for the next two hours. She didn’t want to walk around. She didn’t want to see what her options were. She wanted a sno cone.  I have a friend who I’m pretty sure has an addiction to sno cones like her. He says it started at her age, maybe earlier. He can recite the best flavor combinations and how much of every syrup to use. He was sitting in front of us and at first laughed at her antics. She dramatically begged for her sno cone. She pleaded with me. She gave compelling five year old arguments. He laughed, totally identifying with her. And then as the addiction hit I could see him twitching, silently saying in his  mind “get her the freaking sno cone already!!!” I think I even saw him reach for his wallet once to give her the money for a sno cone just to make her stop. Finally when I told the kids it was time to get treats you could hear him let out a noticeable sigh. Like, “finally, FINALLY she gave in!”


I will never understand those with sno cone addictions. But as a psychology/counseling major I’ll say that there is a chance they may exist based on the past weekend. I mean, LOOK at the look of satisfaction on her face after getting her snocone:

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Today’s sno cone recipe comes from Leslie at La Cocina de Leslie. Leslie has some amazing sno cone recipes and authentic frozen treats you will need to try. I love that her sno cone recipes use natural ingredients. I am highlighting Leslie today as a member of the Secret Recipe Club.

Since it’s the middle of summer and SO HOT, I wanted to highlight a few other summer recipes from Leslie I’ll be trying that caught my eye:

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L-R: Watermelon Agua Fresca, Shredded Chicken Salpicon, Grilled Chicken Salad

And now for the sno cones! Like I said, I LOVE that these are made with natural ingredients and flavors. Before you get started, Leslie has some great tips on making homemade sno cones. YOU WILL WANT TO READ THIS ARTICLE BEFORE STARTING.  She also has some different syrup ideas within that article too.

To make the ice, you can blend ice in a blender or freeze water in a 9×13 inch pan and then make shaved ice with this ice shaver.

Mexican Sno Cones (with Mango Syrup)


  • 3 ripe mangos, peeled, chopped finely
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Tajin (dried chile and lime fruit seasoning) (optional)


  1. In a saucepan over medium low heat, combine the mangos, water, sugar and cinnamon. Keep temperature at medium low heat until sugar is dissolved, then turn heat up to medium high and bring mixture to a boil. Once mixture is boiling, turn down heat to low and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until mango is cooked and syrup thickens.
  2. Remove mixture from heat and allow to cool completely.
  3. To serve, spoon cooled mixture over shaved ice. Sprinkle with tajin if desired.

See what other recipes our Secret Recipe Club Members made this month! 



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  1. These look and sound absolutely amazing. Great SRC pick!

  2. I don’t blame your daughter for her sno-cone obsession! I love them too, and mango is what of my favorite flavors. Homemade syrups made with natural ingredients are so much better than those bright commercial syrups with artificial colors and flavors. 🙂

  3. What a great story! That girl earned her snow cone!!

  4. oh so beautifully refreshing. I love the idea of spiced mango syrup like this

  5. I’m not a big fan of sno cones, but this one looks good. I may have to try it.

  6. I love everything about this! OMG! Mango is my favorite flavor of all. GREAT pick!

  7. What a fun idea to make at home. I used to love having these as a child, always a special treat. Happy Reveal Day!

  8. What a great treat for summer. I’ve always loved sno cones, but my mum almost never let me have one. I think thats why I love them so much…haha. I would love to try and make these at home.

  9. shockinglydelicious says

    Mango sno cones? REALLY? I am all in, with both feet! And you cracked me up with “compelling five-year-old arguments.” Absolutely GREAT SRC pick! 🙂

  10. I have never figured out what is so great about Sno Cones, but this might just change my mind. I’m with you on the natural ingredients. I also love the idea of the addition of the chile spice. Mmmmmm.

  11. motherwouldknow says

    Homemade sno cones? Wow! Guess your daughter and I are peas in a pod. You may not understand our love for these crazy little sweets, but then again, you’ve done us a huge favor by showing us how to make natural sno cones using Leslie’s recipe. I have a mango in the fridge right now, so I’m tempted to try this out very soon.

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