How To Make Snow Ice Cream

by Sandra Foyt on January 5, 2012

in Uncategorized

Now that our yard boasts real honest-to-god snow, it’s time for a classic – snow ice cream. Last year, with a bounty of fresh-fallen snow on hand, my son perfected the most deliciously simple recipe.

Snow Ice Cream, Take One

Alex was dying to make his own ice cream, but I had been stalling. It’s messy, and who wants to eat ice cream in the winter? Well, he did, and he wasn’t alone. Cold temperatures and even snow are not a deterrent to hardy ice cream lovers.


With eighteen inches of fresh snow, and more on the way, my son tested out a recipe for Snow Ice Cream that I found on the Albany Mommy blog:


* 8 cups Fresh Snow (liquid measure)
* 1 cup Sugar
* 1 cup Milk
* 2 tbsp Vanilla


* Put approximately 8 cups of fresh snow into a large mixing bowl.
* Add the ingredients – first 1-cup sugar, then 2 tablespoons vanilla and finally, 1-cup milk.
* With the help of a wooden spoon, mix all the ingredients well.
* Continue mixing till the ingredients are well combined and snow attains the texture of ice cream.
* Serve immediately, since snow cream does not hold well in freezer.


The results were disappointing. It was more liquid than expected, and the vanilla gave it an odd taste. I’m not sure if he put in too much vanilla, or if it was the wrong kind of vanilla, but it had an unpleasant, almost bitter, flavor.

Snow Ice Cream, Take Two

With so much snow on hand, Alex decided to try again the next day. I printed out a few alternative recipes that I thought looked promising.  This time, armed with a recipe from Paula Deen, he made snow ice cream with sweetened condensed milk.


Verdict? I really liked this snow ice cream recipe, but then I’m a big fan of sweetened condensed milk in any form. Perhaps due to the higher fat content, this time the ice cream held its shape, allowing us to scoop it into an ice cream sundae glass.


In the end, neither of us finished a scoop. My son didn’t care for the flavor; he might do better with a chocolate-flavored recipe. As for me, the snow ice cream was a little rich for my usual breakfast fare. Later in the day, it would be sublime.

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| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Marco January 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I think that snow ice cream was a really good idea – although the first try was disappointing. Good luck for the next ice cream sundae glass.

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