Jake, I hope your caramel drink turns out to be good. I love the snow cone machine. It's a little tricky because it comes apart for cleaning rather easily. Today the lid came off and it took a little while to figure out how to fit it back on. At first I thought it was broken, but it wasn't. I bet your protein drinks would be terrific as snow cones; you could just make the snow, then pour the drink on top of it. I think one of the neatest things to do with it is to put the snow in a glass and then pour juice over it. It can be either flavored snow or you can pour more juice and just make a slush which is good too. Whey is great. When I made yogurt I used to drain the whey out and drink it; then the yogurt was a lot thicker and you could use a funnel to thicken it even more so it was like cream cheese. I used to get a brand of whey called Meadow Fresh. It was like powdered milk, and you had to mix a half cup whey with either a quart or a half gallon of cold water to re-constitute it; I don't recall if it was 4 or 8 cups water. It was really good; you couldn't tell it had been made from a powdered mix. There was even a chocolate flavor and I wish I'd tried that. I don't think the company is around any more but it was great stuff.