by Savannah Vasquez

The Caramel Apple snow cone combines a sour apple filling with a caramel creme top at Monster Sno Cones in Fort Walton Beach. Savannah Vasquez/Destin.com
The Caramel Apple snow cone combines a sour apple filling with a caramel creme top at Monster Sno Cones in Fort Walton Beach. Savannah Vasquez/Destin.com

The weather is warming up and summer is calling, and for Katie Grimble that means it’s snow cone season.

“I’ve lived here my whole life, and this is my dream job,” said Grimble as she motioned to her new snow cone food truck, Monster Sno Cones. “I love kids and I love snow cones; I wouldn’t want to do it if it’s boring.”

Grimble said she first had the idea of opening a snow cone business six years ago.

“I’ve been doing snow cones since I was 15 or 16, since my family and I would always get them in New Orleans,” she said, adding that locally, Tommy’s Sno Balls in Navarre also inspired her dream.

Now, after years of running her own cleaning business, Grimble said she is excited to start serving her homemade snow cones in Fort Walton Beach.

“I use a New Orleans-style shaved-ice machine and I don’t buy my syrups; I make my own simple syrup and I add flavor concentrate to my liking,” she said. “I have 36 flavors and I plan on getting more towards the summer.”

When asked what flavor is the most popular, Grimble said it’s a toss-up between blue raspberry and cotton candy. But as for her favorite flavor, she said, that is a different story.

“I invented a new one, it’s a sour apple filling with a caramel crème topping,” she said. “It tastes like a Granny Smith apple with caramel on the outside.”

The monster theme is not scrimped on in the portion size, as the generous sizes grow from 8 to 20 ounces including a kids size, a small, a medium, a large and a monster size snow cone. As for the prices, they are also kid-friendly and affordable ranging from $2 to $4.50.

Grimble said that in addition to their parked locations, which vary between the corner of Eglin Parkway and Hollywood (across from Dodge’s) and across from the Hilton Garden Inn on Okaloosa Island, the snow cone trailer is also available to book for events.

The monster theme at Monster Sno Cones was chosen for it's cute and kid-friendly look, said owner Katie Grimble. Savannah Vasquez/Destin.com
The monster theme at Monster Sno Cones was chosen for it’s cute and kid-friendly look, said owner Katie Grimble. Savannah Vasquez/Destin.com

Owning the business of her dreams does come with a price, Grimble said.

“I still work my cleaning company, so I wake up at 6 o’clock and I hit the road,” she said. “I clean and then I come here and run the snow cone business and then I go back and clean another unit before I get to go home to my kids.”

But, Grimble says the opportunity to do what she loves is what motivates her to keep going.

“I’m not looking to get rich, I just want to have fun and do something I love,” she said.

Want to Go? Find Monster Sno Cone’s lime-green trailer parked either at the corner of Eglin Parkway and Hollywood (across from Dodge’s) or across from the Hilton Garden Inn on Okaloosa Island. For more information visit Facebook.com/chillzonwheelz1 or call 850-496-1731.

Kyle Simmons, Katie Grimble, Trinity Bailey and Crystal Estrella are the team behind Monster Sno Cones in Fort Walton Beach. Savannah Vasquez/Destin.com
Kyle Simmons, Katie Grimble, Trinity Bailey and Crystal Estrella are the team behind Monster Sno Cones in Fort Walton Beach. Savannah Vasquez/Destin.com