There’s nothing groundbreaking about snow cones. They’re just shaved ice topped with colored syrup. Still, shaving ice at home isn’t the easiest task in the world. That’s why we had to share Nostalgia Electric’s Retro Series Snow-Cone Machines ($45). The enterprising kids on our block may put a price on our heads for spilling the beans, but having one a home just makes enjoying these summer novelties so much easier (cones and cars don’t mix well). Simply add ice and leave the machine to the shaving. When it’s done, pour on your own syrups and/or booze and get chilling. Consider avoiding creepy dudes in white-washed trucks for the rest of your life as an immeasurable bonus.

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