I thought I'd struck gold when I found a $3 Manual Snow Cone machine @ the thrift store!! I am such an addict because it comes with two cups to freeze water in. The first thing I do when I get home is head straight for the freezer. At work I just freeze half bottles of water, then slam them against the concrete floor or wall to make "snow". I even eat ice when it's -50 here in Alaska!!! It's not wise to heat the snow here, but I always make my own!