Flashback Friday: Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine

Okay, I have to confess that this is a bit of a cop-out this week, as I already wrote about the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine during my Angry BloggerTM days. This is what I wrote:

Reminisced a little this weekend. Does anyone out there remember the Snoopy Sno-Cone machine? Best. Toy. Ever. Of course, they could never sell it today. Kids are so stupid now, they’d probably try to shave off their tongues with the thing. Hell, I know some adults who are too stupid to operate this toy. But what a toy it was.

Loba is always willing to re-examine her statements (even her more incendiary ones), and apparently people aren’t as stupid as I once assumed (either that or corporations just don’t care about the stupidity factor in light of possibly making a buck off someone’s nostalgia kick). Turns out that the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine has been reissued. You can even find it on Amazon.com!

I loved my Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine. It was silly and clunky and required way more effort than the end result could ever possibly live up to, but it was still awesome. For those wondering how it worked, first let’s look at the machine, shall we?

See the adorable Snoopy at the top, with the weird red hat? You lift Snoopy up and you see that he’s got an oblong extension attached to his bum. This is what you will use to press down on the ice cubes, which you insert into the shaft you’ve now cleared by removing the Snoopy-topped pestle.

At the bottom of this shaft is a cylindrical piece of perforated metal, sort of like a round cheese grater. This is attached to a crank in the back of the machine. As you press down on the ice with your Snoopestle, you turn the crank in the back, which causes the round cheese grater to slice against the cubes, shaving slivers down into the drum, as shown in this photo.

When you have enough ice shaved for a serving, you can either let it drop into one of the little paper cups that come with the machine, or you can use the snow shovel-shaped scoop seen on the right side of the photo. Once you have a serving in the cup, you can use the little snowman squeeze bottle, on the left of the photo, to squeeze syrup onto the shaved ice (the machine comes with a set of syrup mixes).

Sounds like a big potschke, doesn’t it? Well…it is. Also, minus the metal cheese grater portion, everything on the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine is plastic. Plastic and flimsy. You feel like you might actually crush the entire thing in the process of trying to press down hard enough on the ice cubes. And believe me, you have to press hard. The cheese grater cylinder on my original machine was unbelievably dull. After reading some of the Amazon reviews, I get the impression that it’s still dull.

So why such fond memories? Well, I have always loved Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. One of my first stuffed animals I can remember getting was a Snoopy dog with a bunch of cute little outfits to dress him in: a raincoat, a soccer uniform, a hoodie and blue pants. My first Christmas ornament was one of the Hallmark ball ornaments with a little diorama inside of Snoopy leading a team of Woodstocks to deliver toys for Santa.

I love Snoopy.

I also remember making sno-cones with my mom, which is obviously a memory that is that much more special to me now. I think she might have even enjoyed making these sno-cones more than I did. She was often a big kid when it came to silliness like this. Guess that’s from where I get that silly, eternally-a-kid part of my personality.

Part of me is tempted to get another Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine, probably not to use but just for the nostalgia value of having this sitting on a shelf.

Okay, maybe I’d use it. Once or twice. Ooh, I could bring it to work and we could have sno-cone breaks on Fridays!

Mmm, that’s an OSHAlicious event just begging to happen!