July 26, 2010

Sno Cone's

Career waitress Debbie Campbell and her husband Tim who was a glass company owner in northwest Indiana were looking for warmer weather and an early retirement.  It was on a trip to Austin to visit their youngest son who was stationed in Fort Hood and heading to Iraq that they decided to close shop and move south for good.  Debbie says, “My original plan was to do a cookie shop in a mobile concession stand.  I always made cookies for Tim’s clients around Christmas time. No one baked up there.  I would take a week and bake and put them in tins or baskets and deliver to the companies he did business with.  They all asked when I was going in business, but I said it was just a hobby.”   

Instead of cookies, Debbie decided to try her hand at a Texas favorite to see if she was going to adjust to being inside a trailer.  “It gets hot in Austin and everyone likes their ice,” she says.  “We did not have snow cones in Indiana growing up – you get four months out of the year where you could call it summer and then you start running into fall and we like comfort warm foods when it’s getting cold.  We never realized how big snow cones were until we got to the South.” 

Debbie says it’s popular to mix a few flavors together at her sno cone trailer.  For example, she likes the ‘melon berry’ which is a blend of the strawberry and watermelon juices.  One of her customers, Razz, ordered a Mojito and Root Beer combination, which they named the ‘Razzle Dazzle’ after him.  Tim likes the sno cone classic Dreamcycle which is a combination of ice cream with orange.  And the kids seem to love a mixture of cherry and bubble gum.  “Hi, look what you did to my tongue,” said one of their four-year old customers after eating some blue ice.