DIY Snow Cones or Shaved Ice for Summer Parties or BBQ’s (Zeny Ice Shaver Machine Review)

07/14/2015 12:00 pm · 13 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

How to make your own homemade SNOW CONES, DIY Shaved Ice just like the snow cone shack at home, great for parties

Last year I rented a snow cone machine for a big party I was doing.  I rented it for 2 days and after the rental cost and the supplies to go with it, it cost me over $100.  The kids loved it, but it was really expensive and did not really work that well. It ended up giving us crushed or chunky ice NOT SHAVED ice. This year I decided to look at how much it would be to just purchase my own machine instead of renting one year after year. There are LOTS of snow cone or shaved ice machines for sale, you can find a huge list here.  But not all of them work the same so it is hard to know which ones are worth the money.

My friend Rachelle just bought this  Zeny® Ice Shaver Machine  for her kids, and I asked her if I could see how well it worked. You just load it with ice cubes and a rotating blade shaves it and you get nice fluffy ice on the tray down below. I think if you froze ice in a cup and put a solid ice chunk in the machine it would make more consistent shaved ice. Since the ice would stay in contact with the blade. You can see how it worked in the video below.  Still not 100% like the shaved ice shack, but WAY better than the machine I rented last year. I also really like that it will not turn on till the handle is DOWN, so less chance of you getting hurt with a sharp spinning blade.


Zeny® Ice Shaver Machine Ice Crusher Electric Snow Cone Maker 304 Stainless Steel Shaving Ice 145lbs Per Hour it is on sale for $65 (was $199) plus free shipping options.

  • Waterproof
  • Unit shuts off when handle is up to prevent any wounds
  • Stable and heavy base
  • Sleek eye-catching shape is perfect to keep on a tabletop
  • Low maintenance very simple and convenient to operate

You can buy snow cone syrups and cups for them online, or you can use Torani syrup. You can find it at most stores but only in a few flavors, our local Cash and Carry  restaurant supply store has a HUGE selection at good prices.  So you might check local restaurant supply stores for the best deal.
How to make your own homemade SNOW CONES, DIY Shaved Ice just like the snow cone shack at home, great for parties or bbq

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13 comments
Katrina Shelby
Katrina Shelby

Stacey Williams, we should've gotten this one. It is much smaller.

Addie Dupre Old
Addie Dupre Old

I purchased an electric Pampered Chef sno machine at a garage sale for $1. Love it.

Sarah Traub
Sarah Traub

I use a Jelly Belly Shaved ice $24.99 and it makes the professional shaved ice. My family use to own the big pro machine and this works just as good light fluffy shave that goes in almost creamy melt yum!

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