Chocolate Snow Ice Cream

LAST UPDATED: Jun 15, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Jan 06, 2014 | By: Julie Blanner

How to make chocolate snow ice cream – a fun twist on the classic snow day dessert!

Easy 3 ingredient chocolate snow ice cream recipe!

For the first 20 years of my life, I was all about vanilla. I’m not sure what flipped the switch, but now 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. But, no matter the weather, I can always enjoy ice cream. Growing up, snow ice cream was a treat after a long day of sledding.

I still enjoy snow ice cream today! I love how light and fluffy it is. It feels a little less guilty and brings out the child in me. When getting ready to make hot cocoa this morning, I had an idea -what if I made a chocolate or hot cocoa ice cream? Thank heavens I did, because now I can’t imagine eating vanilla again. Frozen hot chocolate, chocolate snow ice cream, whatever you want to call it, it’s nothing short of amazing.

It’s chocolate – of course it’s great 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.  

salted caramel chocolate snow ice cream

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!

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3 ingredient easy chocolate snow ice cream recipe

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If you’d like to skip my tips and tricks to making the best chocolate ice cream made with snow, as well as some of my alternatives, please scroll to the bottom of the page (just before comments and reader ratings) to get to the easy printable recipe.

What’s in Chocolate Snow Ice Cream

Classic ice cream ingredients – cream (or milk), vanilla, and snow, of course blended with hot chocolate mix! 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.

Dairy Free?

You can make this Snow Ice Cream recipe with rice milk to make it naturally dairy-free!

How to Make Flavored Snow Ice Cream

Whisk milk, hot cocoa mix and vanilla extract in a large bowl until smooth. Fold snow into your milk mixture and scoop into bowls. Top with your favorite sprinkles, sauce and/or whipped cream. Careful, snow often melts quickly! There’s no time to waste to enjoy this special treat!

For the creamiest results, use Heavy Cream if possible, but Whole Milk, Half and Half and any milk including 1% or skim will do!

Tips for Making Chocolate Flavored Snow Ice Cream

  • 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.

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Is Snow Safe to Eat?

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.

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!

Now onto the amazing printable Chocolate Snow Ice Cream recipe!

Easy 3 ingredient chocolate snow ice cream recipe!

Chocolate Snow Ice Cream

How to make chocolate snow ice cream.
3.37 from 11 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 6kcal


  • 2 c clean snow
  • 1 cocoa mix
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 - 1/2 c milk heavier the better, but any will do


  • Get your cocoa mix & vanilla ready.
  • Bring in clean snow, measure 2 cups and place into mixer or metal bowl to keep it cold.
  • Add cocoa mix and vanilla and mix.
  • Add milk 1/8 c at a time until desired consistency {your snow will determine this}, mix on low or by hand & serve immediately or freeze.


You can substitute fresh shaved ice for snow if you prefer


Calories: 6kcal
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