Simple Syrup is the base for all flavors in a snowball. Simple syrup and flavor concentrate combine to make ready to pour syrups.
To make one gallon of simple syrup, dissolve 5 pounds of sugar into 2 1/2 quarts of warm or hot water. (Hotter the water the faster the sugar will dissolve). Stir or shake container until sugar is dissolved. To preserve a gallon of simple syrup, add 1 ounce of Sodium Benzoate Preservative Solution (P813). Cool to room temperature before mixing with flavor concentrates. **Note: You can adjust the sweetness of the finished syrup by adding or deducting the amount of sugar used.
Mixing large quantities of simple syrup can be easily performed with the use of a mixing paddle and container. Containers come in 10, 20, 32 gallon sizes and usually are sold with a spigot and a lid. The chart below summarizes the correct quantities for larger batches.
Citric Acid Solution (P814) at 1/2 ounce per gallon can also be added to simple syrup to preserve longer. Larger amounts can be added individually to fruit flavors to increase flavor and make sour snowballs. If adding acid, assure that benzoate and acid are added separately. If mixed together, this will cause the preservative to solidify. The amount of sugar can also be added or reduced to make a simple syrup unique to your taste.
Amount of SyrupWater Lbs of SugarSodium Benzoate
1 Gallon 2 quarts, 16 oz 5 1 oz
5 Gallons 3 Gallons, 16 oz 25 5 oz
10 Gallons 6 Gallons, 32 oz 50 10 oz
20 Gallons 12 Gallons, 64 oz 100 20 oz
To make ready to pour syrups:
1. Shake all flavor concentrates well before using, this is extremely important.
2. Add 4 ozs. of concentrate per each gallon of simple syrup (1 oz per quart) to an empty cappable container.
3. Fill container with simple syrup, cap and shake gently.
CHOCOLATE SYRUP - 40 oz. Hershey's chocolate syrup plus 80 oz. simple syrup. If a more chocolate flavor is needed, adjust the ratio to suit your taste. You can also add 1-4 oz of the following flavor concentrates: Chocolate Flavor Concentrate (P107) or Vanilla Flavor Concentrate (P136).
CREAM FLAVORS - Add approximately 1/2 gallon of simple syrup to empty gallon jug. Add 4 oz. of desired flavor to simple syrup. While stirring, add 24 - 26 oz of evaporated milk or vanilla ice milk (available through local dairies). Assure flavor concentrate and simple syrup are mixed well before adding milk. Fill with additional simple syrup to prepare one gallon. The most popular cream flavors are: Ice Cream, Vanilla, Nectar, Coconut, Chocolate, Strawberry Cheesecake, Pina Colada. Common names are given to specific cream flavors: Ice Cream: Sunset, Nectar Cream: Pink Lady, Pink Squirrel or Pink Panther, Spearmint: Grasshopper. Once the milk is added, the flavor must be refrigerated and will usually last for 4-5 days.
Sours = 4-6 oz Citric Acid Solution (P814), 4 oz Flavor Concentrate (your choice). Great with Grape, Strawberry, Lemon, Blueberry, Apple
Daiquiris = 3 oz Daiquiri Concentrate, 1 oz desired Flavor Concentrate. Great when combined with Blackberry, Strawberry, Peach, Banana, Raspberry.
Cheesecakes = 2 oz Cheesecake Concentrate or Creole Cream Cheese Concentrate, 2 oz desired Flavor Concentrate. Flavorful varieties: Cherry, Blueberry, Blackberry, Strawberry
Margaritas = 2 oz Margarita Concentrate, 2 oz desired Flavor Concentrate. Great tasting Margaritas: Strawberry, Peach, Mango, Cherry.
Coladas = 3 oz Pina Colada Concentrate , 1 oz desired Flavor Concentrate. Great with: Strawberry, Cherry, Banana, Peach.
Fuzzy Navel = 2 oz Orange Concentrate, 2 oz Peach Concentrate
Ninja Turtle = 2 oz Lime Concentrate, 2 oz Banana Concentrate
Melon Berry = 2 oz Watermelon Concentrate, 2 oz Strawberry Concentrate
Cherry Blaster = 2 oz Cherry Concentrate, 2 oz Black Cherry Concentrate
Creme de Menthe = 3 oz Peppermint Concentrate, 1 oz Spearmint Concentrate. Great as a Cream Flavor
Lemon Meringue Pie = 3 oz Ice Cream Concentrate, 1 oz Lemon Concentrate
Jungle Juice = 1/2 oz Almond, 2 oz Hawaiian, 1 oz Pineapple, 1 oz Lemon
Mai Tai = 1 oz Pineapple, 1 oz Orange, 2 oz Passion Fruit
Snickers = 2 oz Chocolate Concentrate, 1 oz Cajun Praline Concentrate. Great as a Cream Flavor and Topped with Caramel and Nuts.
Silver Fox = 2 oz Almond Concentrate, 2 oz Vanilla Concentrate
OTHER GREAT COMBINATIONS:
Kiwi-Lime Banana-Bubble Gum Cherry-Cola
Cherry-Vanilla Strawberry-Banana Chocolate-Mint
Orange-Pineapple Strawberry-Kiwi Pineapple-Banana
POPSICLES Add 2 pounds of sugar with 1 1/2 oz of flavor concentrate and fill with warm water to prepare 1 gallon. Always shake flavor concentrate before using. Pour into popsicle molds or into plastic cups and freeze.