Creamy Snow Ice Cream

LAST UPDATED: Nov 30, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Dec 15, 2019 | By:

How to make Snow Ice Cream that tastes as creamy and delicious as the original! This delightfully sweet treat takes just a couple minutes to make and is made with 4 ingredients you have in your kitchen!

snow ice cream in a bowl with gold spoon

One of my fondest childhood memories was when we’d have a snow day and we’d bring in a big bowl of fresh snow for my mom to whip up a batch of her famous Snow Ice Cream!

It takes just a couple minutes, and feels so special. It’s an easy recipe that is sure to create fond memories for your children, as well as smiling faces!

It’s such a wonderful family activity. This childhood favorite is still among my very favorite recipes today!

snow ice cream with sprinkles

Snow Ice Cream is like a snow cone – with cream (which is one of my favorite summer treats!) No need to wait though, you can have this in the comfort of your cozy home during the cold winter months.

It’s delightfully sweet and surprisingly creamy. Sprinkles add a little extra fun and a sweet crunch.

3 bowls of snow cream with sprinkles

Snow Cream is about gathering snow together in between making snow angels and sledding, celebrating and making memories. And that’s as delicious as it gets!

close up of snow ice cream in white bowl

Snow Ice Cream Ingredients

  • Cream – or milk, whatever you have on hand. I prefer to use Whole Milk, Half and Half or Heavy Cream if possible, but any milk including 1% or skim will do! You can make this recipe with rice milk to make it naturally dairy-free!
  • Vanilla – adds great flavor
  • Sugar – granulated sugar sweetens up this simple treat
  • Snow, of course! – 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. This Snow Ice Cream recipe was designed for snow, but you can use fresh shaved ice if you prefer. Fresh fallen snow is generally considered safe to consume as long as it’s clean. I recommend enjoying during the first 24 hours.

Optional

  • Sprinkles
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate Sauce
snow ice cream in bowl

How to Make Snow Ice Cream

  1. Gather – Gather ingredients. It’s important to be prepared to avoid melting the snow.
  2. Combine – Whisk milk, sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl until smooth.
  3. Add Snow – Fold snow into your milk mixture and scoop into bowls.
  4. Garnish – Top with your favorite sprinkles, sauce and/or whipped cream.

Variations

  • Use Chocolate Milk
  • Use Strawberry Milk
  • Use Sweetened Condensed Milk – just eliminate the sugar and milk, blend to taste.

After all, sometimes you’re in a pinch on a snow day!

3 bowls of snow cream

Tips for Making Ice Cream with Snow

  • Your result will largely depend on what kind of snow you have. If needed, freeze your snow for a few minutes first. If you have a wet snow, you’ll use less milk or cream. A dry snow may use more.
  • Start by adding a small amount of milk. After you incorporate the snow you can blend in more milk as needed. If the consistency is too runny, add more snow or freeze.
  • Be sure to blend sugar into milk mixture first to help the sugar dissolve so it doesn’t result in a gritty dessert.
  • Gather ingredients and make your mixture first before bringing in snow as it will quickly melt. You can always pop it in the freezer, if needed.
snow ice cream in a bowl with gold spoon next to it

More Snow Cream Recipes You’ll Love

Not a fan of vanilla? You’ll love these flavored Snow Ice Cream recipes!

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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snow ice cream topped with sprinkles and served with gold spoon

Snow Ice Cream

Author: Julie Blanner
How to make Snow Ice Cream that tastes as creamy and delicious as the original. The best Snow Ice Cream Recipe to add to your snow day fun!
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 140 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup milk any kind
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 cups snow approximate, can substitute shaved ice

Instructions
 

  • Whisk milk, sugar and snow together until combined and sugar dissolves.
  • Collect clean snow. Pour mixture over the snow and whisk until well combined.

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Notes

Substitutions

  • Cream – or milk, whatever you have on hand. I prefer to use Whole Milk, Half and Half or Heavy Cream if possible, but any milk including 1% or skim will do! You can make this recipe with rice milk to make it naturally dairy-free!
  • Sugar – Substitute with sweetened condensed milk, just eliminate both the sugar and milk, blend to taste.
  • Snow – this recipe was designed for snow, but you can use fresh shaved ice if you prefer. 

Variations

  • Use Chocolate Milk
  • Use Strawberry Milk

Optional Add-Ons

  • Sprinkles
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate Sauce

Tips

  • Your result will largely depend on what kind of snow you have. If needed, freeze your snow for a few minutes first. If you have a wet snow, you’ll use less milk / cream. A dry snow may use more.
  • Start by adding a small amount of milk. After you incorporate the snow you can blend in more milk as needed. If the consistency is too runny, add more snow or freeze.
  • Be sure to blend sugar 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.
  • To make this dairy free, use rice milk!
  • Top with sprinkles, chocolate chips, chocolate sauce or nuts if you wish.

Nutrition

Calories:140kcalCarbohydrates:28gProtein:1gFat:1gSaturated Fat:1gCholesterol:6mgSodium:28mgPotassium:80mgSugar:28gVitamin A:100IUCalcium:69mg
5 from 13 votes
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