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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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Tips for Planning a Child’s Birthday Party

A child’s birthday party is usually a very fun and memorable event. When planning the party, first things first– ask the child what he or she would like at his or her party, within reason. Ideally, agree on some sort of theme, such as princesses or pirates. You can then make or buy decorations that fit the theme, and invite attendees to dress up in costumes.

Next, decide on the date and time of the party, and where you want to have it. Be sure and plan it so other kids can attend without having to compete with some other community or school event taking place that same day and time. Keep in mind sleep schedules and appropriate times for children of a certain age. For instance, you wouldn’t throw a party for a 3-year-old at 8pm at night.

Send out invites to the party. Before the party takes place, plan and get the kind of food and drinks guests will like. Candy always goes over well at children’s birthday parties. In fact, if you want to be the cool parent, rent a popcorn machine, a sno cone machine or a cotton candy machine from Miracle Strip Popcorn, and one or all of those items will be a big hit at the party!

Great parties include interactive games and colorful, fun things to play with, so plan to have the kids participate in physical and mental activities, such as coloring, hide-and-seek, or dancing to upbeat music. It’s also important to consider the length of the party– for some, an hour works, while for others, a party could last three or four hours. Consider both your child’s energy level and your own to decide the time the party starts and the time the party ends.

Meanwhile, don’t forget the cake and candles– always a highlight of a birthday party. And if you want to rent candy and snack making machines, Miracle Strip Popcorn can be contacted at 850-864-1139.