It seems like the whole country is in a deep freeze.

I rarely watch TV so I miss the hype regarding major storms, but I’ve been seeing the term “polar vortex” in status updates on Facebook and elsewhere.  My husband had an appointment to meet someone a few hours away and it was cancelled because of the cold temps in Indiana. Here in Michigan it was minus 17 degrees last night and today I don’t think we got above minus 3 degrees.  It’s cold.  And that vortex brought in plenty of snow.

Seeing all that beautiful frosting on the trees, the porch, and cars made me want to make snow ice cream.


Easy to Make Snow Ice Cream :: Why did I wait so long to make snow ice cream? It's so easy and it's such a fun sweet treat.


Over the last several years I have been reading where people take advantage of a big snowfall and make ice cream from that wonderful frozen fluff for a fun sweet treat.


Fresh Snow :: How to Make Snow Ice Cream ::


Today was the day.

Here we are in the middle of a deep freeze and I decide to make snow ice cream.

Maybe I’m a little crazy.

I saw a recipe the other day at Gimme Some Oven and I decided to go with her recipe after much research.  Seriously, you can discover a lot in just 15 minutes on the internet. [grin]


A Scoop of Snow Ice Cream :: Easy to Make Snow Ice Cream ::


All the recipes I read called for similar ingredients…cream, milk, sweetened condensed milk.  Some added eggs…which would be good if I had fresh from the farm eggs…but mine are from the supermarket.  They all called for varying amounts of sugar and vanilla.   But, this was the only recipe I saw that called for salt.  If I had cream or raw milk I think it would be richer, but not necessary.  And maybe it would be good sweetened with maple syrup instead of regular sugar.

Here’s my ingredient list for making 4 servings of Snow Ice Cream…

  • 1 Cup of Whole Milk
  • 1/3 Cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Clear Vanilla
  • 1 pinch of Sea Salt
  • 8 Cups of clean fresh snow

Using a medium mixing bowl and a wire whisk I beat the milk, sugar, vanilla, and sea salt until the sugar was combined and the mixture was thick and frothy.  It’s a great arm exercise. [wink]


Whisked Milk :: How to Make Snow Ice Cream ::


I then went out on the deck and scooped 8 cups of pristine crystalline snow into the Kitchen Aid mixing bowl.


Measuring Fresh Snow to Make Snow Ice Cream ::


Next I gave the milk mixture one last good whipping and then poured it over the snow and immediately started mixing the snow and milk mixture with the whisk.


How to Make Snow Ice Cream ::


I continued to whisk until the ingredients were thoroughly incorporated.  (You might want an extra bowl of snow handy, just in case you need to add more to get the desired consistency.)


Whisking Ingredients Together :: How to Make Snow Ice Cream


That’s it!  You now know how to make snow ice cream.  It’s so easy.  I wish I’d done this years ago!


Spoon of Snow Ice Cream :: Easy to Make Snow Ice Cream ::


Now it’s time to serve up snow ice cream and sink our spoons into its sweet fluffy frozen goodness.

Feel free to top it with sprinkles or chocolate syrup or anything else you have on hand.  Aside from these little red crystal flakes I only had white sprinkles, so I went with the red flakes.  Just the perfect extra, but totally unnecessary.


Scoop of Easy to Make Snow Ice Cream ::


I loved my dish of snow ice cream.

I think it’s worth it to make snow ice cream just for the light fluffy sweetness.  Spoiler alert.  I am not a huge fan of really sweet things….which explains why I love chocolate.  So…if you think it needs more sugar…go for it.  Personally, I think it’s just right.

Next time….I’m going to make snow ice cream with chocolate milk.  There’s a half-gallon in the fridge just waiting.  I’ll let you know how that turns out.  [Note: after writing this, we tried the chocolate milk.  It was just okay.]

So while I was inside nursing my respiratory ailment and making snow ice cream, my friend was outside cutting back the snow bank for the letter carrier and making paths for the dogs through the snow in the yard.  When I had it ready I called out to her, in the minus 4 degree temperature, and asked if she wanted a bowl of snow ice cream.  I think she thought I’d lost my marbles.  Anyway, she did come in and enjoyed it along with a brain freeze or two.

Actually, I think everyone likes snow ice cream.  Even the dog.

It’s Extraordinary!!


Good to the last drop :: Make Snow Ice Cream ::


If you make snow ice cream, I’d love to hear your recipe and your story.  I’m thinking everyone must have a story to tell about the first time they made it as a kid or for their kids.

Stay warm!


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  1. Betty Brown says

    This sure brought back memories of a time when in my part of the country we had snows like the ones you have each year.We would be out of school and mama making snow cream,as we called it,would be the high light of our day.Your recipe is basically what MOM used excepqt SHE only had the Brown It was still good.

    • Diane says

      Awwww….I’m so glad this brought back a warm memory. I sure wish I had grown up knowing about this treat. 😉

  2. Fun post! Snow ice cream! Thanks for linking to TTF!

    • Diane says

      Awww….thanks! It’s fun to make and fun to eat!! 🙂

  3. Glenda Kremer says

    I’m thinking as kids when mom made it we called it snow cream. I so hate the snow but may try this if we get more!
    Glenda Kremer

    • Diane says

      Oh Glenda, you have no idea how much I don’t like snow…except to look at. So…this was really fun to do. Hope you don’t get more snow. 😉

  4. Mel says

    I love that thepuppy got some too. Which makes the “fresh, clean snow” a must have. LOL. I’m sorry to hear you’re battling respiratory crud. Seems the flu found me…and I’m on a slow rebound, but a rebound nonetheless.
    Strangely enough, we were never exposed to snow cream as children. It wasn’t until my adult years that I was treated to this. I’ll have to pass on the recipe. We’re due more snow, so I don’t fret about running out of ingredients.
    Feel better!

    • Diane says

      Oh I don’t think we’ll run out ingredients anytime soon either!!! 🙂 Though, maybe I wish for much milder temps. 20 degrees sounds like a heat wave! LOL!
      I’m so sorry you’ve been hit too. Sending up prayers for you. 🙂 Mine came from breathing some fumes….to which I have a sensitivity from some unwise DIY projects of the past. But…usually it’s just some burning in the lungs for a bit. But, no…not this time…it went to my head. (haha) And tomorrow we’re supposed to drive for an interview. I may or may not be able to make it. Who wants a barky lady in the room….no one.

  5. This looks wonderful! We use to do this all the time while living in Maine, it’s so fun! I’d love for you to come & link this up at Link’n Blogs Link Party! Hope to see you there!

    • Diane says

      That is terrific, Katelyn!! I wish I’d made it as a kid. It would have been tons more fun than as an adult. 😉
      Thanks for the invite!!

  6. Wow, I didn’t know you could make ice cream out of snow! That’s so cool! It *almost* makes me wish I lived somewhere colder.

  7. Cathy says

    OOOH this would be perfect for one of our 115 degrees days here in Phoenix! I will be pinning this to try in July 😀
    I saw your post at Think Pink Sundays, and had to check it out!

    I would love it if you stopped by our Facebook page to say ‘hello!’


  8. shey says

    Not a fan of ice creams . but your looks tempting .
    Stopped by from marvelous monday
    following you

  9. Cathy says

    This is such an awesome idea,I love it! And so will my kids next time it snows 🙂 I pinned this!!

  10. I love your photos! Making snow ice cream was always a treat growing up so this reminds me of my childhood. : ) I’m curious what editing and cameras you use? I am just starting out as a blogger and I am trying to learn as much as I can!


  11. Hi from Scotland! Never heard of making ice cream from snow before!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  12. Jennifer says

    I love this idea!! Can’t wait to try it with my kids.

  13. Debbie says

    While growing up in Texas, we didn’t often get much snow. Each time we did, my Mom would make snow ice cream with a recipe similar to yours. It was so yummy and it really brings back fun, warm memories. These days, where I live we get way too much snow but you wouldn’t dare eat it…too much pollution! Thanks for the memories.

  14. So fun! I bet my kids would love that! Pinned! 🙂

  15. Ruth says

    I’m 74 years old. You’ve brought back a precious childhood memory. I grew up during the 40’s and 50’s in a second floor apartment in a small town. My Dad would make us snow ice cream when the snow was deep on the porch roof outside our kitchen window. He used canned milk. There was always a can of it in the ice box as he used it in his coffee. He’d brush away the top layer and pack Mom’s green mixing bowl with fresh snow, then stir in the milk, some sugar, and vanilla. I can almost taste it now. What a special treat it was for me and my younger brothers and sister.

  16. Love this! The flakes you added are just perfect!

  17. Sara says

    This would be fun to make and eat 🙂
    I hope you get a chance to hop over and share with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday.

  18. Kathy says

    Awesome! I so wish we had snow~
    I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  19. I have never heard of snow ice cream before this week, and now I have seen two different posts. I think it’s a sign that I should try it during out next snow storm!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend. 🙂

  20. So fun! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  21. Judy says

    It’s snowing here right now so I will definitely try this recipe. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

    • Diane says

      Judy…let me know how you like it. We were surprised by how good it was.
      And thank you sooo much for the feature. I appreciate it so very much!

  22. Glenda Kremer says

    we did snow cream in Colorado when I was a kid–that was the olden days as Iam now 65! I was excited to read put in your kitchen aid bowl thinking we would then just mix it with the kitchen aid beaters! then read whick and thought any old bowl will do! I do not wish for snow but may have to bring back some chile hood memories if we get enough–I hope not!

    • Diane says

      It looks like we’re not going to be getting all the snow we received last year. Thank you Lord!! That was enough for many years!!
      I used the Kitchen Aid bowl because it was so bitterly cold outside… in the negatives and never even thought about using the machine. Heehee! The hand whisk was super easy and quick. I think the heat of the power mixing might melt the snow too much. Then again… then next time we have a big snow… hopefully not for 10 years… I’ll try it with the machine.
      Stay warm… it’s going to be cold for a few days!

  23. My kids love ice cream, especially during the summer. This would be fun to make for them. It looks delicious! Maybe I’ll have to buy a snow making machine that I can use to get some shaved ice to use for making this recipe.


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