Snow Ice Cream Recipe (How to Make Snow Ice Cream)

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  • 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!

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    The Easiest Snow Ice Cream Recipe

    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 only took a couple minutes, but it felt so special. Maybe it was because it was made with love or maybe it was because snow days are few and far between in Missouri. I can still remember walking into the kitchen to get my hands on a scoop.

    snow ice cream recipe

    Snow Ice Cream is like a snow cone – with cream. Which by the way is one of my favorite summer treats! No need to wait though, you can have this in the comfort of your cozy home!

    how to make snow ice cream

    Our middle kiddo, Ani, loves to eat snow, but it’s even better in ice cream form! So, I send them out to gather snow and whip them up this special snow day treat!

    Snow Cream isn’t about being the best ice cream there is, but about gathering snow together in between making snow angels and sledding, celebrating and making memories. And that’s as delicious as it gets!

    snow ice cream

    Take me to the snow cream recipe, please!

    If you’d like to skip my tips and tricks to making the best 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 Snow Ice Cream

    Classic ice cream ingredients – cream (or milk), vanilla, sugar and snow, of course! You’ll need several cups of snow – especially if it melts quickly. Err on the side of caution and bring in more than you need and freeze until you’re ready to mix it up.

    snow ice cream in bowl

    Dairy Free?

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

    how to make snow ice cream dairy free

    Do I Have to Use Snow

    No! This Snow Ice Cream recipe was designed for snow, but you can use fresh shaved ice if you prefer.

    snow ice cream recipe

    How to Make Snow Ice Cream

    1. Whisk milk, sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl until smooth.
    2. Fold snow into your milk mixture and scoop into bowls. 
    3. 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!

    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 also mix it up using chocolate milk! If you prefer, you can eliminate the sugar and milk and blend the snow with sweetened condensed milk. After all, sometimes you’re in a pinch on a snow day!

    how to make snow ice 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 / 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.

    snow ice cream

    More Snow Cream Recipes You’ll Love

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

    Homemade Ice Cream to Enjoy All Year

    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.

    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!

    snow ice cream recipe

    To see how easy it is to make, watch the video! Now onto the printable snow ice cream recipe!

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    Snow Ice Cream

    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!

    Cuisine American
    Keyword ice cream, kids, vanilla
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes
    Servings 4
    Calories 140 kcal

    Ingredients

    • 1 c milk
    • 1/2 c sugar
    • 2 tsp vanilla
    • 8 c snow approximate

    Instructions

    1. Whisk milk, sugar and snow together until combined and sugar dissolves.

    2. Collect 8 c of clean snow. Pour mixture over the snow and whisk until well combined.

    Recipe Notes

    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!

    Nutrition Facts
    Snow Ice Cream
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 140 Calories from Fat 9
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 1g 2%
    Saturated Fat 1g 5%
    Cholesterol 6mg 2%
    Sodium 28mg 1%
    Potassium 80mg 2%
    Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
    Sugars 28g
    Protein 1g 2%
    Vitamin A 2%
    Calcium 6.9%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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