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Who Should We Thank for Inventing Sno Cones?

Sno ConesIn the beginning, God created sno cones and saw that they were good. Isn’t that in The Bible? But seriously, folks, sno cones are an amazing invention– a godsend on a hot summer’s day, for sure.

When did the modern day sno cone come into being? Around 100 years ago, in 1919, there was a guy named Samuel Bert. He lived in East Dallas, Texas, which is definitely an area where it gets hot in the summertime. Samuel Bert was his given name, but people knew him better as “King Sammie.” He sold icy treats at the State Fair of Texas. King Sammie came up with the idea to crush ice and add flavored syrup to it. He smartly patented his ice crusher machine and used a wax cone to serve what became known as a sno cone.

Did you know that sno cones took over the world in the 1950s? Ok, maybe not the world, but they certainly were popular back then. For example, King Sammie’s stand at the state fair would easily sell more than a million sno cones per year in the 1950s. That’s a lot of ice and syrup!

People loved–and still love–that crunchy-yet-consistent feel of the cold ice on their lips on a hot summer’s day. Coupled with flavors like cherry or grape, it’s a tasty treat when the temperature rises above 80 degrees.

Besides state fairs, sno cones ended up becoming a popular concession treat at movie theaters and outdoor festivals. Oh, and they’re a hit at beaches, too.

Miracle Strip Popcorn and Concession Supply can hook you up with sno cone machine rentals and supplies. Catering to the Florida Panhandle area, Miracle Strip Popcorn can supply you with cups, spoons, and straws. Flavor-wise, how about strawberry, blue raspberry, cherry, grape or green apple? Sno cones are a big hit at parties and events. Call Miracle Strip Popcorn today at 850-864-1139 to satisfy your sno cone fix.

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Which Concession Rentals are Ideal for a Child’s Birthday Party?

Concession rentals are a fun addition to any child’s birthday party. Depending on the age of the child and the party theme, there are different options to make your party memorable.

Popcorn Machine

Popcorn is a snack that works for any party. This rental is great for both indoor and outdoor parties and is one that all children will enjoy. Different flavors and toppings can be added depending on the children’s preferences, allowing for an easy yet customizable treat.

Sno Cone or Shave Ice Machine

Sno cones and shaved ice are best for outdoor parties in the summer months. They are a great way to keep cool in the heat, but can become a bit messy with younger children. These machines are a tasty addition to “Frozen” themed birthday parties as well.

Cotton Candy Machine

Carnival or circus themed parties can always use the addition of a cotton candy machine. This sugary treat can also be messy, so wet clothes or wipes are best to have on hand for parties including younger children.

Hot Dog Steamer

Hot dogs are a crowd pleaser regardless of the age of children or party theme. They can be served as a lunch or dinner, making for an easy meal. With condiments, each child can customize their meal to their liking; no worries about picky eaters.

Interested in adding a concession rental to your child’s birthday? Call Miracle Strip Popcorn at 850-864-1139 or email for pricing and more information.

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Why Sno Cones Are Perfect for Adult-Only Summer Parties

Ahh, sno cones: what a perfect summer treat!  Whether you’re an adult or child, this syrup coated, icy treat is one that cools you down on a hot summer day – and are the perfect addition to any party.

Sno cones are traditionally for the kids, but here at Miracle Strip Popcorn, we know that adults enjoy the treat as much as the children do, and we don’t blame you!

There’s nothing like a nice sno cone to elicit some feelings of nostalgia. It might take you back to your first date at the county fair, or maybe you used to make sno cones at home with your mom and dad. Either way, there’s no reason sno cones are just for the kids.

Here are a three ways you can make them a hit at your adults-only party.

Throw a carnival themed party


The most obvious of ways to incorporate sno cones into your party: have a carnival themed party. Ask your guests to dress up to get into the mood and bring back the various elements of carnivals everyone knows and loves. Some other great additions include popcorn machines, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and maybe even a few clowns!

And to encourage your guests to try the sno cones, make sure you have straws, so your guests don’t have to risk colored lips!

Provide more sno cone toppings


Why stick to the traditional flavored syrup only? Provide some extra toppings for your guests to create a sno cone masterpiece!

Some ideas for toppings include:

  • Sprinkles
  • Fruit
  • Candy (an assortment of kinds)

Get creative – think of things you would like to add to your sno cone and offer them as options for your guests!

Turn traditional sno cones into sno cone cocktails


Summer, especially here in Florida, can get quite steamy. Why don’t you offer your guests a sno cone cocktail as a way to cool down and relax at a party (maybe even a pool party? Easy to make, prepare some cocktails for your party and have your guests add the sno cone ice to them.

Your guests will stay refreshed, cool, and we can almost guarantee that they’ll be talking about your sno cone cocktails for months!

Do you have any ideas for ways to make sno cones a hit at an adults-only party? Share them with us in the comments below.