What’s not to love about a sno-cone in summer? Even better, what if you could make them yourself? Well, the folks at Hasbro had 70s kids covered thanks to two iconic sno-cone machines, each of which churned out millions of the icy treats over the decade.
Hasbro’s first introduced the Frosty Sno-Man Sno-Cone Machine in 1967. A jolly, white fellow, his top hat concealed a chute that you poured ice cubes into. Just crank him for all you were worth and watch snow collect in his hollow belly (it wasn’t as grotesque as it sounds).
Next, grab your trusty little red plastic shovel to pile the ice shavings into some provided paper cups. The final step was the best – liberally douse every square inch of ice with a brightly colored sugary syrup (also provided in little packets that you mixed with water).
Granted, much of this syrup would eventually drip down your arm, staining everything in its path, but that was part of the charm.
In the late 70s, everybody’s favorite mutt from the Peanuts comic strip got his very own sno-cone machine. The mechanics were the same, but this version looked a little less disturbing.
This time, you filled Snoopy’s dog house with ice and the snow came out the front door. Much nicer than having the snow come through Snoopy. Millions of Snoopy Sno-Cone Machines were sold in the 70s, making it one of the more popular toys of the decade.
You might be happy to know that, in a world where so many of these childhood treasures no longer exist, Snoopy Sno-Cone Machines are still delighting kids everywhere. Should you want to turn your kids on to this fun-filled toy, or simply feel a need to get your arm sticky for old times’ sake, they are easy to find.
Did you own either of these toys back in the day? Did you find other things to flavor your sno-cones with once the flavor packs ran out? I hope you’ll share any fond memories you have of these iconic Sno-Cone Machines in our comments section below.