Cold As Ice

Winter is just around the corner!

Winter is just around the corner!

It’s time for another Wednesday Photo Prompt led by our fearless leader Marilyn at the Serendipity blog.  It’s ballgame night again, so this one’s gonna be somewhat quick and painless.  I realized Monday morning as I made my favorite summertime treat that I haven’t really talked about it much on my blog before…. so I got out the camera and snapped a picture of all I need to keep cool on a hot summer day…

No, it's not a Mr. Fusion.

No, it’s not a Mr. Fusion.

Here’s everything I need to make a shaved ice treat!  OK, that’s the only time I’m going to refer to it as shaved ice rather than a SNO CONE like it really is.  And no, not that snowball shaped shit we made as kids in our little Snoopy Doghouse… but a real squirrel’s man’s sno cone.

On the right is my Rival sno cone maker, which I bought from my Mecca way back in the Spring of 2003.  It’s crushed untold thousands of ice cubes over the past 13 summers, and is still chugging along like a maniac with a machete in a bad horror film.

The cup came from Mecca’s summer plastics collection that same year.  “Summer plastics” are that cheap ass, bright colored tableware garbage every store sells each Spring and Summer that’s supposed to be used for outdoor dining, but usually is just bought instead as a cheap everyday alternative to real plates and glasses.  Like everything that was ever made during the first term of the Dubya Administration, the cup is very patriotically themed.

That plastic spoon is almost as old as the cup.  No, I’m not kidding.  About a year or two into my sno cone making hobby, I just decided it would make sense to keep reusing the same spoon rather than get a new one each time (And eating crushed ice with a metal spoon hurts my teeth more than the thought of chewing on foil).  Who says America can’t make a good, durable plastic spoon?

And then there’s the syrup…

If only they sold it by the keg...

If only they sold it by the keg…

Because Mecca made the incredibly ignorant decision to switch to selling Hawaiian Punch sno cone syrup in 2012, and apparently real grocery stores around here don’t sell it, I’ve had to resort to ordering my syrup online so I can get my cherry.  I don’t even know why they bother making other flavors of sno cone syrup… cherry is the bomb.  With the shipping, it comes to about $5 a bottle, though they’re good sized containers, and…… CHERRY!!!

The extra expense is totally worth it to get this result…

Doesn't that give you a chill just looking at it?

Doesn’t that give you brain freeze just looking at it?

I better enjoy them before it gets too cold to eat a big cup full of flavored ice…

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About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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22 Responses to Cold As Ice

  1. can you throw me one over the big pond please?

    • Hey, if I’d known it was your birthday, I’d have done just that! It’s possible it may have melted by the time it arrived, but a few hours in the freezer, and it’d be good as new!

  2. I’m impressed at the longevity of your sno-cone making machinery. I don’t think I have any appliance that has lasted that long and in any case, you have made me thirsty and I have to immediately go and get that cuppa coffee.

    Speaking of baseball, the Boys of Summer here in Boston have actually won a few games. From real teams, like the Mets and the Yankees, too. Of course, they are still in last place, but as Garry pointed out, they are close to moving up to FOURTH in the 5-team division. Impressive, huh?

    • I’m somewhat amazed at how long it’s lasted as well. At the very least, I’d figure the blade would be dull as hell by now… but it just keeps slicing and dicing along. Take that, Ron Popeil!!

      I guess today’s game won’t help their cause. I was quite happy I got to see four homeruns… and not just wall scrapers, but each one of them was a bomb! I miss the days when everyone was hitting 30-40 homers a year…

  3. PigLove says:

    OMP! This oinker *needs* one of those please and thanks! XOXO – Bacon

  4. draliman says:

    You’ve had it since 2003? That must be the year before manufacturers got wise and started making stuff with built-in expiry dates.

    • I think the same thing when I realize how long my 1998 model car has been running and I constantly see much newer cars going to pot in no time. I’m either pretty lucky, or I’m just so stubborn at using everything until it breaks down that I’m bound to get extra long life out of a few things…

  5. Trisha says:

    Even though I am generally a fan of lime-flavored things, I agree that the cherry sno-cones are the best. And now I suddenly feel like going to the fair to get one. This post may cost me the entry fee to the fair, the price of a sno-cone and then the price of strawberry shortcake at the scone place. I haven’t had a sno-cone in years!

  6. Mental Mama says:

    Mom and I like the Torani sugar free flavor syrups for iced tea and coffee. They have a black cherry that’s amazing. But like you, we have to order ours online.

  7. Nom Nom Nom. Good stuff Evil Squirrel.

    We had one of those hand crank snow cone makers that was shaped like a snow man. Ohhhh I need to get another one. We always keep a well stocked pantry full of Torani syrups.

    As for spoons… camping supply places have heavy duty plastic spoons for backpackers. They last forever and feel good in the hand. Check them out.

    • After getting 10 years of use out of one spoon, I’m bound and determined to see how much longer it can go before I accidentally snap it. I may end up eating my mush with that same spoon once I get old enough to lose all my teeth,,,

  8. Merbear74 says:

    Cherry all the way!!!

  9. The Cutter says:

    Don’t be so hard on the Snoopy machine. I got one for my fifth(?) birthday and loved it.

    • We had one when I was a kid. Of course, that was back in the day before you could get a decent sno cone, let alone make your own. My standards have gone up. I guess if there’s one thing I’m a snob about, it’s sno cones…

  10. I haven’t had one but I definitely want one! 😀

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