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Top Three Fall Drinks

Three Delicious Fall Kid-Friendly Drinks

Category : Recipe

There are a lot of pumpkin spice coffee lovers out there, but what about the fun Fall kid-friendly drinks? We put together a list of our top 3 favorite fall kid-friendly drinks using Jell-Craft Products of course! All of these drinks can be turned into an adult-friendly drink as well!

  1. Warm Autumn Punch, also known as a Warm Wassail – this is super easy to make and delightful to sip on. While cooking on the stovetop or in a crock pot you are gifted with the aroma of fall in your house. The beauty of this drink is you can drink it all throughout the cooler temperatures. This beverage highlights our PicNic punch concentrate which was the very first beverage product to start the Jell-Craft line.

 

  1. Jell-Craft Halloween Punch – This is a fun Halloween punch! Make itThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Remi-drinking-3-1024x1024.jpgfor Halloween or all throughout the fall and rename it after that Holiday such as Thankful punch for Thanksgiving. Kids absolutely love this punch as they get a tasty beverage with a dollop of ice cream! This beverage highlights our Mango Sno-Cone syrup and shows one of the many ways that Jell-Craft’s sno-cone syrups can be used beyond just on top of ice! Try it with other sno-cone syrups too such as lime to turn it green or cherry to make it red for a Christmas punch! Even coconut would be good too for a blue color! The possibilities are endless!

          

  1. Tiger’s Blood Punch – Purchase Tiger’s Blood sno-cone syrup and turn it into sparkling punch using this recipe. This is a fun name for a Halloween drink! 

 


Sno-Cone Recipes

Top 4 Summer Sno-Cone Recipes

Category : Recipe

Did you know you can enjoy Jell-Craft Sno-Cone Syrups in other ways than just pouring it over shaved ice? On Jell-Craft’s website, there is a tab called “Recipes” on the top right-hand side with several different ways you can use Jell-Craft products punch, lemonade, margarita concentrates and sno-cone syrups, but this post is focusing in on the four top summer recipes using Jell-Craft’s sno-cone syrups.

1. Sno-Cone Blue Water (Sonic’s® Copycat Ocean® Water)

Ingredients:
-12 oz of Sprite
– 2 oz of Jell-Craft Blue Coconut Sno-Cone Syrup
*Need to buy Jell-Craft Snow Cone Syrup? Go Here!

Instructions:
1. Pour 12oz of Sprite soda in a cup
2. Add 2 oz of a Jell-Craft Blue Coconut Sno-Cone Syrup
3. Stick a straw in and enjoy!
*These ratios can be modified according to likin

2. Sno-Cone Popsicles

Ingredients:– 1 part Jell-Craft Sno-Cone Syrup
– 3 parts Water
– Popsicle Mold
*Need to buy Jell-Craft Snow Cone Syrup? Go Here!

Instructions:
1. Mix 1 part snow cone syrup to 3 parts water
2. Pour into popsicle mold and place into the freezer until frozen
3. Once frozen, enjoy a sweet treat, and be ready to dance because it’s so tasty! Just like this sweet girl in the video below!

3. Sno-Cone Ice Cream Float  

Here’s a fun backstory to this recipe. The current owner’s grandson came up with this recipe! He had the idea when drinking an ice cream float and tried it out! It is delicious!

Ingredients:
– 1 scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream
– 8oz of your favorite Soda
– 1 oz of Sno-Cone Syrup that would pair well with Ice Cream and your Soda
(Our Snow Cone Syrup recommendations: Cherry, Strawberry, Grape, Root Beer, Lime, Coconut, Vanilla or Wedding Cake)
*Need to buy Jell-Craft Snow Cone Syrup? Go Here!

Instructions:
1. Pour 8 oz. of soda in a cup
2. Add 1 oz. of a delicious Jell-Craft Sno-Cone Syrup
3. Place a scoop of ice cream in a cup
4. Stick a straw in and enjoy!
*These ratios can be modified according to liking

4. Ice Cream Topper

Ingredients:
– Grab your favorite Jell-Craft sno-cone flavor that would pair well with ice cream
– Ice cream of your choice
*Need to buy Jell-Craft Snow Cone Syrup? Go Here!

Instructions:
1. Scoop your ice cream into a bowl
2. Pour 2-4 tablespoons or 2-4 squirts if using on of Jell-Craft’s quart bottles of sno-cone syrup over the ice cream
4. Now you have a delicious treat! Feel free to add whipped cream or any other delicious ice cream toppings!

Let us know below which recipe you plan to try first!


International PicNic Day

International PicNic Day

Category : Jell-Craft History , Recipe

Did you know International Picnic Day is a thing? Apparently, there’s an international day for everything, which includes International Picnic Day! This year it falls on Saturday, June 18th!

Instead of talking about a traditional picnic, we are taking it up a notch by doing it Jell-Craft Style!

Here are Five Fun Facts you may not have known about our Texas PicNic Punch concentrate.

Five Facts:

  • Walter Oertling, the founder of Jell-Craft products, developed the PicNic Punch concentrate recipe when he attended Louisiana State University. It was his senior chemistry project and was a hit among college students! Have you ever had Trashcan punch? It might have been made with PicNic punch!

  • Jell-Craft’s PicNic Punch concentrate was originally spelled PikNik, like the Shoestring Potato Chips. The spelling of the name was changed in 2015 to the more traditional way of spelling PicNic.

  • There has always been a fruit bowl on the Jell-Craft PicNic punch concentrate label, from when it was first developed until now.

  • The flavors of Jell-Craft’s PicNic punch concentrate contain cherry and orange flavoring, giving it a light fruity but tart taste!

  • There are many recipes you can use with Jell-Craft’s PicNic punch concentrate! Want it as a popsicle? Check out how to do that, here! What about a sparking punch? There’s a recipe for that too! It even makes a great ice cream topper! Adults, how about adding some alcohol to it to turn it into a cocktail? We will let you determine the amount of alcohol you add.

Bonus Fact:

  •  Jell-Craft’s PicNic punch concentrate is delicious to drink warm when it’s cold outside. Turn it into a Warm Wassail and add cinnamon sticks, cloves, oranges, cranberries, and cherries! Here’s Jell-Craft Warm Wassail Recipe.

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Margarita Recipes

¡Margaritas, Por Favor!

Who Developed Margaritas?

Margaritas…were they invited in 1942 by a man named Pancho Morales or by Johnny Durlesser? Better yet, let’s throw more names into the mix of possible Margarita creators such as Carlos (Danny) Herrera, in 1938? However, the Texas socialite Margaret Sames claimed she mixed the first drink at a house party in Mexico in 1948. Let’s not forget about Rita Hayworth (whose real name was Margarita Casino) who could have been the margarita inventor in the 1940s!

It’s hard to say exactly who the margarita originated from, but what we do know is that it’s a delicious, tasty cocktail!

The Original Margarita Recipe

There are several ways to make margaritas and so many flavors to choose from! You can have it frozen or on the rocks. Name any flavor, and it can probably be turned into a Margarita! But the original margarita recipe was made with Tequila, Lime Juice, Orange Liqueur, and a splash of soda, served in a glass with rimmed salt.

Jell-Craft’s Margarita Lemon-Lime Concentrate is a replica of the original margarita, all you need to add is Jell-Craft’s Triple Sec, tequila, and salt. Jell-Craft’s Margarita Concentrate can be made frozen or on the rocks, whichever your preference is.

Virgin Margarita:

In fact, skip the tequila altogether and enjoy a virgin margarita! Follow the direction on the side of the Jell-Craft Margarita Concentrate label and eliminate the tequila. Feel free to modify by adding in more mix, water, or ice to dilute the concentrate to your liking.

Cinco De Mayo Margarita Gift:

So, our gift to you this Cinco de Mayo is how to think outside the box with Margaritas, and how you can use any of Jell-Craft sno-cone syrups to make a margarita! How about having a margarita bar at your next event?

Sno-Cone Margarita Recipe

Spring Drink

Spring Drinks

Spring kicked off back on March 20th, and one question I have for you is….

What spring drink is in your cup?

Drink trends can change based on the year but also based on the season. The popularity of seasonal drinks is usually crafted to taste with what goes well with the weather.

Have you noticed there are particular beers that are referred to as “summer beers” or even some restaurants have a specific cocktail menu that pertains to that particular season, such as the Springtime Sips menu at Applebee’s?

In fact, Starbucks launched a new spring drink called Iced Toasted Vanilla Oat Shaken Espresso, along with a few other spring drinks for a limited time. If you are a Starbucks lover, check out this Top 10 Spring Drinks, created by students from Baylor University.

Popular Spring Drinks

Spring Drinks Popular spring drinks include flavors that are Floral based. Spring drink floral flavors include Lavender, Chamomile, Rose, and Hibiscus.  These flavors complement cocktails, mocktails, water, and even lemonade! Did someone say Lavender Lemonade? Here’s a list of 40 spring drink floral recipes to check out!

Sangria is also another popular spring drink of choice! But did you know there are many different sangria recipes based on the season? Check out these delicious recipes for seasonal Sangria!

Snow Cones as a Spring Drink Choice:

At Son Beverage Company, we know when spring is just around the corner becauseSpring Drinks Strawberry Lemonade Jell-Craft snow cone syrup and Lemonade orders start rolling in. People start to gear up for the warmer weather so they can have a sweet treat on hand. Even though snow cone syrups aren’t necessarily a beverage, they still count as a delicious spring treat to have with popular flavors being coconut, cherry, pineapple, and strawberry.

But did you know that each Jell-Craft
sno-cone syrup can be made into a delicious beverage by adding water, sparkling water, or soda to it?

One of the most popular ways to use Jell-Craft’s Coconut Sno-Cone Syrup is by making Sonic’s Copycat Ocean Water.  Get creative and combine Jell-Craft’s Strawberry Sno-Cone Syrup with their Old-Fashioned Lemonade Concentrate for Strawberry Lemonade (recipe here). Take it a step further and spice up Jell-Craft’s Strawberry Lemonade by adding hibiscus flavoring to it!

For more spring drink recipes, check out Jellcraft.com and click on the recipe tab on top!


Viva Fiesta San Antonio!

Chicken on a stick Fiesta San AntonioWhat do Margaritas, Raspas, Chicken-on-a-Stick, and parades all mean? It’s time for Fiesta!

For those of you that don’t live in San Antonio, this is a city tradition that usually occurs every April! From big city events such as the Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA), to colleges hosting events such as Fiesta Oyster Bake by St. Mary’s University all the way to local grade schools celebrating with shoebox float parades, Fiesta is an event that San Antonio natives all recognize!

In fact, there is even a school holiday for the Battle of Flower’s parade which occurs the last Friday of Fiesta.

History of Fiesta

Fiesta started in 1891 as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. It has now grown into a celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures! It’s a week-long celebration with parades, festivals, and delicious drinks and food!

Since food is such a big part of the Fiesta celebration, a lot of unique and specialty items are made! During the COVID pandemic, restaurants started to get creative by making these foods during the time Fiesta would have been so San Antonio locals could bring Fiesta to their home.

Margaritas and Raspas

Since our beginnings, Jell-Craft has always partaken in Fiesta events whether it’s working at Oyster Bake selling Margaritas or producing the Raspa syrups for the events. When the orders start coming in, in February, we know that San Antonio is gearing up for Fiesta!

Some of our most popular Raspa flavors for Fiesta are Mango, Sal-Y-Limon, Leche, Tamarindo and Chamoyada! These flavors encompass the diverse culture of San Antonio along with the rich heritage of this city.

If you’re around town going to Fiesta events this year and come across Jell-Craft products, make sure you grab a photo or two and tag us on Facebook or Instagram!

We even like the photos of what the aftermath of a night out celebrating Fiesta looks like!Sno-Cone Syrup

How do you celebrate Fiesta?

 


New Orleans Snowball Pineapple

Snowballs, Sno-Cones and Raspas, Oh My!

These tasty delicious warm-weather treats catch everyone’s attention with their bright-colored syrups and toppings that can be added.

But what is the difference between them?

Well, we dug deep to find out the roots and origin behind these two delicious warm-weather treats!

The Name:
Snowballs and Sno-Cones have interchangeable names and spellings! In fact, here in South Texas, Sno-Cones are also known as Raspas. Some prefer to spell Snowballs as Sno-balls while others choose to spell Sno-Cones as Snow Cones. No matter the spelling the one commonality these mouthwatering treats have is that they both are refreshing to eat, drink or slurp!

Time Travel: The evolution of Snowballs and Sno-Cones

Let’s travel back to about 27 B.C. to A.D. 395 during the Roman Empire. At this time, snow was hauled from the top of the mountains to the city. The syrup was added to the top which made the world’s first frozen dessert! At the time this was called a Snowball.

In the 1850s in Baltimore, the first Snowball flavor was created by a mother, which was Egg Custard. This flavor consisted of egg, vanilla, and sugar, and it is still a favorite snowball flavor in Baltimore today!

In the 1870s, snowballs started to gain popularity on hot summer days which theaters began to sell to keep their customers cooled off. Since attending the theater was more for the upper-class, snowballs were thought of as an upper-class commodity.

Hand tools such as a wood plane were used to recreate this delicious dessert. These tools could shave a block of ice into a fluffy snow-like consistency. Handheld ice shavers were designed specifically to produce snowballs leading to ice shavers being made by numerous manufacturers in the 1890s.

In 1919, Samuel Bert of Dallas invented a machine that crushed ice, and low and behold, Sno-cones were born! He tested his sno-cone machine at the  State Fair of Texas, and sold sno-cones! He was a staple at the State Fair, selling his sno-cones and his sno-cone machines worldwide. In fact, Jell-Craft Sno-Cone Syrup is used at the State Fair of Texas every year to make their slushes!

In essence, you could say, Sno-cones were a spinoff of Snowballs.

Now back to snowballs.

In 1934 Ernest Hansen patented an electric ice-shaver which meant you no longer needed to make snowballs by hand! In fact, New Orleans, and Baltimore both are in competition as to who invited the dessert first. But legend has it that Baltimore claimed this dessert back in the late 1800s, as mentioned above….so who wins for the discovery of this dessert?

Lastly, during the Great Depression and World War II people in need of a job could sell snowballs or sno-cones since it is an inexpensive item to make, and it didn’t require much overhead.

This still holds true today!

The Difference:

The biggest difference between the snowball and sno-cone is the ice!

Snowball:
The ice is fluffy and has a snow-like consistency. The ice absorbs the syrup poured onto it.

Sno-Cone
The ice of a sno-cone is coarser and fun to crunch on. Normally sno-cone syrup will sink to the bottom of the cup. However, Jell-Craft Sno-Cone Syrup is uniquely made to stick to the top of the ice and not sink to the bottom.

Which will you choose?Jell-Craft Snowball Syrup

Both Snowballs and Sno-Cones are deliciously satisfying and refreshing! They are great to have year-round, especially if you live in the south where winter is pretty much nonexistent!

Jell-Craft Products launched a product line of New Orleans Style Snowball Syrups, so  you can now enjoy a Jell-Craft New Orleans Style Snowball or a Jell-Craft Sno-Cone! Whichever one you pick; you will not go wrong!


Sno-Cone Stand

Sno-Cones for Sale

Five Tips to Start a Kid’s Sno-Cone Stand

DIY Sno-Cone Stand

Lemonade stands are a classic summer experience and a great way to embrace the hot temperatures! They are also a good way to teach your kids important skills.

However, why not just have a Sno-Cone stand instead or better yet, cart them around the neighborhood yelling, “Sno-Cones for Sale.” That is what these boys did!

According to Samuel Edwards, a Digital Strategist and Writer for Entrepreneur.com, “Kids taught about business early value money and have a better work ethic.” He goes on to list the Five Benefits of teaching young children Entrepreneurship.

Lemonade Stands, Car Washes, and Mowing Lawns have always been a popular method for kids to earn money. It is rare to see kids selling Sno-Cones, and this is such a delicious treat to have, especially if you live where temperatures get up to 100 degrees or more during the summertime.

To help your child start their own Sno-Cone Stand, here are some tips.

  1. Ice – You can choose to blend your own ice or go somewhere with an ice chest such asKids making Sno-Cones Pure Party Ice and purchase Sno-Cone Ice (Snow Ice)! At Pure Party Ice they will fill up your ice chest and you will purchase based on bulk or your ice chest size.

 

  1. Sno-Cone Syrup – Cost of Jell-Craft Sno-Cone Syrup ranges based on bottle size and quantity. Jell-Craft Syrups are sold here. Jell-Craft Sno-Cones have an extensive list of flavors to choose from, and for most kids, it’s all about the color!

 

  1. Gloves for serving, Cups, Spoons and/or Straws for eating – That’s all you need to supply to eat Sno-Cones! You can pick these items up at any of the places you buy Jell-Craft Sno-Cone Syrup from or even your local grocery store.

 

  1. Sign (optional) – Your child can come up with a creative Sno-Cone Stand name and use Canva to create a sign!

 

  1. Grab a cart or use a stand and start selling Jell-Craft Sno-Cones!

 

What better way for your child to pass the long summer days than earning money on their own while developing skills to set them up for their future! Whether they choose to keep the proceeds or donate them to a charity, this will be a fun and unique way to spend time with your child this summer!

 

Sno-Cone Stand Photo by, Elizabeth Miller and Vecteezy


Paul’s Cooking Tips: 3 ways to use leftover pickle juice

Source: AUL STEPHEN Paul’s Cooking Tips | San Antonio Express-News 

Jamie Grill / Getty Images/Tetra images Old pickle juice can be reused to make a fresh batch of pickles or to brine meat.

Scores of San Antonians know this: When the heat goes up, a steady diet of pickles is sure to follow.

Gracing a butcher paper-lined tray of smoky brisket, stuffed into a foam cup and doused with chamoy or simply wolfed down by the fistful with the fridge door still open — nobody judges how you consume those crunchy cukes in this city.

But all that pickle intake leaves behind a lot of empty jars. Well, almost empty, that is.

Pickle juice more often than not gets poured down the drain. And that’s gallons of a culinary secret weapon that will never get used to its full potential. Whether sour, dill or sweet, that juice is gold and here’s what to do with it.

More pickles!

Perhaps above all else, leftover pickle juice is perfect for making more pickles. And if you do it right, you’re cutting down on your waste stream significantly.

Just pour the leftover pickle juice into a pan and bring it to a boil for a minute or so and then remove the pan from the heat. Meanwhile, give the jar and lid a thorough washing and stuff it with fresh vegetables. You can use cucumbers, green beans, okra, kale stems or just about any reasonably tender veggie you like.

Once the jar is stuffed, pour the hot pickle juice over the veg. If there isn’t enough juice to cover them all, just top the jar off with white vinegar. Place the lid on, hide the jar in the back of the fridge for a few days, then nosh away.

Brine your meat

Pickle juice, technically called brine, is also a powerhouse for tenderizing meat. The process of brining meat, or soaking it in a salt water solution before cooking, helps the protein absorb moisture and breaks down tough muscles resulting in a juicier, more tender pork chop, chicken breast or other cut. Acidic vinegar in pickle brine, which also contains a good bit of salt, adds to the effect.

A couple hours before you fire up the grill, stuff your chops or chicken into a large resealable plastic bag. Pour in enough pickle juice to keep everything fairly wet, seal the bag and place it in a dish big enough to contain the chaos should the bag spring a leak. Set that in the fridge for one to two hours, drain the meat and pat it dry, then get to cooking.

Do note that if you’re using pickle juice with a lot of turmeric in it, your meat will be stained yellow. Also, if they’re sweet pickles, mind the heat as that sugar could caramelize and burn more quickly than you’re used to.

Tart up your ice

Last up, and perhaps the most amusing, is to pour that juice into an ice cube tray and freeze. The tangy ice cubes will perk up many of your favorite summer libations, be it a brunchtime bloody mary, a crisp pickletini or Real Dill Cocktail with a grilled steak or an all-in-one pickleback of whiskey over ice. pstephen@express-news.net | Twitter: @pjbites | Instagram: @pjstephen


Making Snow Cones at Home

Who needs a blender when making Jell-Craft Snow Cones?

We partnered with Early Learning with Tessa Baden to get creative with combining education and sweet treats!

Check out how this clever girl thinks outside the box with making snow cones at home!

How would your family make snow cones without using appliances?

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What others are saying…

  • I love sno-cones just like anyone else lol..I bought a small sno-cone maker for my kids at Walmart..well they had all kinds of different syrups there..except Coconut!!! Thank goodness I found it on here..and I’m more of a clear Coconut fan..but I have to say this one is good too and the price isn’t too much either!!! Naomi Riggs
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