So? After the last snow fell, my friend from high school, Missy, posted on her Facebook page that she was making snow cream.
Snow Cream is Ice Cream–that’s right ice cream made with fresh, fluffy snow!
I have a confession; I had NEVER heard of Snow Cream so I, politely, asked her for the recipe.
It was so easy; it’s all my kiddos want now.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t snow in Winston-Salem….or, that’s what they told me all summer.
It doesn’t snow much in North Carolina–sometimes there is the occasional snowflake and when that happens, it’s mayhem!
Here’s what day two of the blizzard looks like:
So now that we’ve cleared up that it really does snow in Winston-Salem, and I should not have given up those snow boots, we’ve settled in and are indulging in SNOW CREAM!
This recipe is so easy, and my kiddos love foraging for the snow to make this delicious treat.
The only rule is “clean snow.”
AND you have to mix it fast–before it melts!
You can set a bowl out during the snow to collect the main ingredient.
Basically, it’s snow, dairy, and sugar.
You can add various flavors, but we like the pure stuff best.
Any snow will do, but for the best results, you’ll want soft, freshly fallen snow.
You can indulge in snow cream too!
For those pondering this and wondering, Will Snow Ice Cream Kill You?
Al Coombs at CJBK radio in London, Ontario discusses this.
Listen to the radio interview here: Will Homemade Snow Ice Cream Kill You?
Elizabeth Ellicott Lea, from Ellicott City, Maryland., wrote a cookbook in 1845, and added Snow Cream to it in 1846 and 1851.
Her recipe appears to be the first ice cream version of Snow Cream.
Earlier recipes using that title were the froth from whipping cream and egg whites.
Country Music singer, Loretta Lynn recalls her mother making snow ice cream in Kentucky, where Lynn grew up.
She speaks of going out to the porch, collecting freshly fallen snow in a dishpan and bringing to back in to be mixed with three beaten eggs, vanilla flavoring, and sugar, in her cookbook, You’re Cookin’ It Country.
Here’s how to make Snow Cream-or Snow Ice Cream!
Snow Cream Recipe Ingredients:
1 cup milk
1/3 granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 to 6 cups clean, freshly fallen snow, PACKED
Snow Cream Recipe Directions
In a large bowl mix milk, vanilla extract, and sugar.
Stir until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes.
Stir in the snow, a cup at a time, until it reaches the preferred consistency
If you’re looking for a dairy-free Snow Cream Recipe
4-6 cups fresh clean snow
1 cup of coconut milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
honey or maple syrup to taste, optional
Add snow to large milk, stir in enough coconut milk to reach desired consistency.
Stir in vanilla extract.
Add honey or maple syrup to taste.
Flavor Mixers and fun:
Add a drop or two of food coloring to brighten up dreary days.
Mix in cocoa, lemon, coconut, honey, peppermint, fresh fruit, or, for adults only, rum.
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Don't let the snow get you down, turn it into an opportunity to make delicious, easy snow cream! It's incredibly easy and your kiddos will love snow ice cream.
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 to 6 cups clean, freshly fallen snow, PACKED
- In a large bowl mix milk, vanilla extract, and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in the snow, a cup at a time, until it reaches the preferred consistency
Eat the snow ice cream immediately. Snow cream loses its consistency in the freezer.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 34 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 5mg Sodium: 32mg Carbohydrates: 3g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g