If you live in a place of snow, you are in for a treat–snow ice cream (also called snow cream)! This is the best snow ice cream recipe because it’s so easy! And, it’s one of those super fun recipes to make with kids!
This recipe for snow ice cream is something that I used to make with my mom and brother growing up.
I have fond memories of gathering up a big bowl of snow and then bringing it in to make this yummy treat.
And, the best part?
It’s surprisingly simple and the snow cream ingredients are probably something you already have around your house!
What is snow ice cream?
Snow ice cream is simply a frozen ice cream treat made from (you guessed it!) snow!
What is snow cream made of?
Snow cream is made of snow, milk or condensed milk, sugar, and (if you want) vanilla.
Is snow ice cream safe to eat?
Many people wonder if “Is snow ice cream safe?” You definitely need to gather clean snow. We do this by putting a bowl outside and collecting the snow while it’s falling or we gather the snow off the top of something (like a table) right after it has fallen. You’ll have to decide and eat snow at your risk. You can also make this old fashioned snow cream recipe using shaved ice instead of snow using a snow ice cream machine!
Can you make snow ice cream with the first snow?
Yes, even though Lucy van Pelt says, “It’s too early. I never eat December snow. I always wait ’til January,” you can still make snow ice cream with the first snow.
For our snow ice cream recipe, we’ve paired it up with (what else?) a book about winter!
Before we get to “How do you make snow ice cream?” let’s talk about winter children’s book pairing!
Snow Ice Cream paired with ‘It’s Winter!’ Children’s Book
It’s Winter! (Celebrate the Seasons!) by Linda Glaser is a winter snow book that follows a young girl who completely appreciates the offerings of winter.
Like most kids, she loves the snowflakes and sledding and even the hibernating animals.
The illustrations are so cool in this book, with a feeling of cut out images that have been pasted onto the page.
(If you know me, you know how much I love unique illustrations.)
With all the snowy talk in the book, the snow cream is a perfect pairing for a theme recipe!
Plan ahead the night before a snowstorm (or during the day while it’s snowing) and put a big bowl outside to catch some clean snow.
Then, after an afternoon of playing in the snow, bring in your bowl of snow and make your snow cream!
You’ll have a fun, snowy snack while you read your winter book!
Listed Age Range: Ages 5-9
Let’s get to it!
Here’s how to make snow ice cream with milk!
How To Make Snow Ice Cream
- 8-10 cups of snow
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Combine sugar, milk, vanilla and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until combined.
- Gradually add in snow to milk mixture, gently stirring, until you have created a fluffy mixture.
- Spoon into serving dish and top with sprinkles (if desired). Serve immediately (as it does not keep well in freezer).
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is estimated. Changes to the recipe and use of different brands may cause changes to the nutritional information to vary slightly from the ones provided here.
More Children’s Winter Books
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