Why haven't I thought of this before? This idea was right in front of my face, yet I didn't make the connection:
- The endless hours I spent in the snow as a child...
- My mother telling me to "go outside and play..."
- Countless snowmen...snowwomen...snowdogs...we built them all...
- An insane love of snowcomes.
Having established my shortcomings, I have to say that I'm surprised no one else thought of it first. Snowcones are far superior to snow ice cream. Snowcone-men would look darling with little paper cone hats and the fact that my Hubzam roll his eyes at my creation just makes it all the more desirable.
One of the things I missed most when I relocated south was snowcone stands. Even northeast Ohio, which had plenty of snow just whirling around for several months of the year, had snowcone stands (well, maybe not in winter, to be honest). What does Tennessee have against snowcones?
A few years back, a lady opened a great snowcone stand and I thought the tide had turned. She had this banana flavoring that was killer - it tasted like the banana popsicles we used to get as a child (current banana popsicle wannabes do not measure up to the historic standard of yum). She told me that all her flavorings came from New Orleans. I'm not sure if this is a factor, but it was right before Katrina hit the gulf and then she disappeared. I'll bet that nasty Katrina blew the flavorings store to kingdom come...that's my theory, anyhow.
What does a girl have to do to have a readily available supply of snowcones? Must I open a snowcone stand for this dream to become a reality?
In the meantime - most of you will have a few days off over the holiday, right? You cold weather folks need to get to work on your own snowcone-men prototype. Any flavor would be fine.
Email me your address so I can check your work. (By the way, cherry and banana are my favorites.)