Simple syrup, also known as sugar water, is the base for all flavors in
any snow cone or shaved ice business.Simple
syrup and flavor
concentrates are combined to create each bottle of ready-to-use syrup.
To make one gallon of simple syrup, simply dissolve five pounds of sugar
into 2 ½ quarts of warm or hot water. Please
note that you do not have to use boiling water. Stir
or shake container until all sugar is dissolved. To preserve a gallon of simple
syrup, add 1 ounce of Sodium
Benzoate and ¼ ounce of Citric
Acid.Let syrup cool to room
temperature before mixing with flavor concentrates.
To mix large quantities simply add the desired
amount of warm or hot water to the mixing container. Please note that boiling water is not necessary however the hotter the
water, the easier it will be to dissolve the sugar. Next,
slowly add the correct amount of sugar while stirring with the mixing paddle. Stir thoroughly to ensure that all sugar is dissolved. Below is a chart that provides the correct recipes for batches of simple
Simple Syrup Recipe
Needed (warm or hot)
quarts, 16 oz
gallons, 16 oz
gallons, 32 oz
gallons, 48 oz
gallons, 64 oz
gallons, 80 oz
gallons, 96 oz
Preservatives, such as sodium benzoate and citric acid should be added to
the simple syrup batch in order to increase the shelf life.Unpreserved simple syrup will have a shelf life of only 7 to 14 days.Adding the correct amounts of sodium benzoate and citric acid to your
syrup can extend the shelf life for around six months.
add preservatives, first add one ounce of Sodium Benzoate for every gallon of
simple syrup in the mixing container.Next,
stir thoroughly.Now, add ¼ ounce
of Citric Acid for every gallon in the container.Finally stir well. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT EACH PRESERVATIVE IS
ADDED SEPARATELY.BE SURE TO
MIX THE SYRUP THOROUGHLY BETWEEN ADDING INGREDIENTS. Adding both ingredients at the
same time will cause the preservative to solidify!
Recipe for making
Ready-to-Use syrups from concentrates.
To make ready-to-use syrups with any of our liquid concentrates follow
Shake all flavor concentrates well before
using, this is extremely important.
Add 1 ounce of flavor concentrate to an empty
If making a gallon of flavor, add 4 ounces of
concentrate to an empty gallon jug.
Fill the quart bottle or gallon jug with
simple syrup (see recipe from previous pages). Cap and gently shake.