other day I was in a consignment store when I saw something that smacked me right back into my childhood: the Snoopy Sno Cone Machine
. When I was a kid I saved my allowance
for about three weeks to order the snow cone maker from the Penny's catalog. Recently my children and I saw it featured
on one of VH1's top 25 toy shows and I shared with them my love for the toy. So imagine the thrill when I found it
still intact, with the original box and all for just $3. Well, I'm no fool. I scooped up that bad boy and headed home,
proud as could be.
When the kids got home I showed off my prize for them. They were actually quite excited
so I got out the ice trays for and they assembled the machine. To say machine is a bit of a stretch, it uses a noisy
hand crank to move the grinder. The ice cube is inserted in a shaft and Snoopy, sitting on a long red rectangle, holds
down the cube to be shaved. It is something akin to the Salad Shooter in concept. The kids shaved away for the better
part of an hour, using up all the ice cubes and Kool-Aid in the process. I kept asking them to rate the fun factor for
me, and the reports were positive as they licked powdered Kool-Aid from their mouths and fingers.
I was left
with a wet, sticky table and no ice cubes, but for $3 dollars and some fun memories I'll call it a deal.