Chocolate Snow Ice Cream

LAST UPDATED: Feb 19, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Feb 19, 2021 | By:

How to make chocolate snow ice cream – a fun twist on the classic snow day dessert that tastes like a frozen hot chocolate!

One of the greatest joys of a snow day is making Snow Ice Cream. Though I love the flavor of creamy vanilla, I’m a chocolate lover through and through.

I’m an avid hot cocoa drinker, especially on days like today where it’s 10 below. This easy chocolate snow ice cream recipe is the best of both worlds! It’s like drinking a cup of frozen hot chocolate.

chocolate snow ice cream topped with sprinkles and fudge in white bowl

No matter the weather, I can always enjoy ice cream. Growing up, snow ice cream was a treat after a long day of sledding.

This easy recipe is so light and fluffy and will bring out the kid in all of us! It is such a fun twist on the childhood classic and so good, you may never know it’s snow!

Frozen hot chocolate, chocolate snow ice cream, whatever you want to call it, it’s nothing short of amazing.

It’s chocolate, so of course it’s amazing plain, but the girls like their hot cocoa traditional, with marshmallows. I prefer my ice cream like I enjoy my hot cocoa, with salted caramel.  

3 smiling faces can’t be wrong. And yes, we had ice cream in our pajamas for breakfast. It’s been a long week! Bring on more snow dessert!

chocolate snow ice cream topped with chocolate and sprinkles in white bowl

What’s in Chocolate Snow Ice Cream

  • Cream – Heavy whipping cream, half and half or milk, anything you have on hand. For the creamiest results, use Heavy Cream if possible, but Whole Milk, Half and Half and any milk including 1% or skim will do! You can make this Chocolate Snow Ice Cream recipe with rice milk to make it naturally dairy-free!
  • Hot Chocolate Mix – Store bought or homemade. This single ingredient makes this ice cream incredibly quick and easy giving it amazing chocolate flavor while adding a hint of sweetness.
  • Vanilla – A hint of vanilla extract adds traditional ice cream flavor.
  • Snow – Fresh fallen snow is generally considered safe to consume as long as it’s clean. I recommend enjoying during the first 24 hours. If you prefer, you can use fresh shaved ice. You’ll need several cups of snow – especially if it melts quickly. Error on the side of caution and bring in more than you need and freeze until you’re ready to mix it up.

How to Make Flavored Snow Ice Cream

  1. Prep – Whisk milk, hot cocoa mix and vanilla extract in a large bowl until smooth.
  2. Combine – Fold snow into your milk mixture and scoop into bowls.
  3. Garnish – Top with your favorite sprinkles, whipped cream, Fleur De Sel Caramel Sauce, or Chocolate Sauce.

Careful, snow often melts quickly! There’s no time to waste to enjoy this special treat!

Tips for Making Chocolate Flavored Snow Ice Cream

  • Make your mixture first before bringing in snow as it will quickly melt. You can always pop it in the freezer, if needed.
  • Be sure to blend hot chocolate into milk mixture first to help the sugar dissolve so it doesn’t result in a gritty dessert.
  • You never know what kind of snow you’re going to get! If needed, freeze your snow for a few minutes first. If you have a dry snow, you may need to add a little more milk or cream. Adjust until you achieve the right consistency.
  • If it is too runny, add more snow or freeze until it solidifies.

This post was updated with new photographs and video February 2021. Originally published January 2014.

chocolate snow ice cream with caramel sauce on top in a small dish

Don’t miss Strawberry Snow Ice Cream, too! You can even make all three to make Neapolitan!

I hope you and your family enjoy this easy recipe as much as we do! If you try it, don’t forget to leave a comment using my 5 star rating system!

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white bowl with chocolate snow ice cream

Chocolate Snow Ice Cream

Author: Julie Blanner
Creamy chocolate flavored snow ice cream made with just a few ingredients.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 64 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup milk milk, half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla optiona
  • 1 hot chocolate mix
  • 2 cups clean snow

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine milk, vanilla and hot chocolate mix.
  • Add clean snow until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Enjoy immediately or freeze.

Video

Notes

  • You never know what kind of snow you’re going to get! If needed, freeze your snow for a few minutes first. If you have a dry snow, you may need to add a little more milk or cream. Adjust until you achieve the right consistency.
  • If it is too runny, add more snow or freeze until it solidifies.
  • Be sure to blend hot chocolate into milk mixture first to help the sugar dissolve so it doesn’t result in a gritty dessert.
  • Make your mixture first before bringing in snow as it will quickly melt. You can always pop it in the freezer, if needed.

Nutrition

Calories:64kcalCarbohydrates:5gProtein:3gFat:3gSaturated Fat:2gCholesterol:9mgSodium:44mgPotassium:121mgSugar:5gVitamin A:148IUCalcium:103mg
5 from 6 votes
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