Snoopy Sno-cone Machine
The classic Snoopy Sno-cone Machine was more than a cool toy -- it was also an awesome way for business-savvy kids to make money by selling sno cones to friends! Simply drop ice cubes from the freezer into the top of the machine and use the Snoopy plunger to push the ice down into the heart of the machine. A bit of powdered juice mix or syrup and you had your very own sno-cone or sno-ball, made at home for free anytime the craving hit. Of course, the iconic toy made kids work hard to transform solid ice cubes into bits of shaved ice; the machine featured a manual crank, so producing even a single cone was no easy task. Today's refrigerators with built-in crushed ice dispensers can pop out the same amount of slush at the push of a button -- talk about progress! If you prefer to do things the old-fashioned way or you're hit with a wave of '80s nostalgia you can still find this toy in stores to help frustrate an entire new generation.
Where It Is Now: Though the Sno-cone Machine is an '80s classic, it's available again after a break in production. The retro vibe remains and the toy hasn't undergone a stylistic update like many of its peers, though there was a 2013 recall of the toy due to a potential choking hazard.