Quick and Easy Snow Ice Cream

Quick and easy snow ice cream made from fresh snow, evaporated milk, and a little sugar and vanilla. Four ingredients never tasted so good!

Have you ever made ice cream out of simple snow? This is one of our all-time favorite recipes to make in the middle of a snow day with the kids. It’s fun, novel, super easy, and it tastes just like homemade ice cream you make in the summer (with a fraction of the work). I can’t wait for you to try it!

I found my mom’s snow ice cream recipe on page 82 of our family cookbook! That should have been the first place I looked; it’s such a fabulous book filled with family treasures. This recipe is so much fun! I really hope you get a bit of snow this week just so that you can make it. Just stir together 3 simple ingredients, add a bit of snow, bust out the sprinkles for good measure, and you have yourself one very simple and fun treat for after school that takes about 5 minutes to toss together. My kids were completely amazed at how fun and easy this little recipe was. Extra mom points for me!

I have a vivid memory of my mom making snow ice cream for us in a giant white bowl that she often stirred her caramel corn in. She collected the snow out the back door of our house in the country and we sat around the bar in the kitchen eating right out of the bowl. Isn’t it funny how little things stick with you over the years? I’m excited to make this a tradition in my house, too.

Quick and Easy Snow Ice Cream - 4 ingredients and 5 minutes!

Tips and Tricks for Making Snow Ice Cream:

  • The texture of your snow will effect how much is needed to make your ice cream. Wet, heavy Indiana snow will need less than light and powdery Utah snow.
  • Add your milk mixture a little at a time and stir often. The texture of the snow ice cream is just right when it reminds you of homemade ice cream right out of the churn. It will be just a little on the thin side like a milk shake.
  • This is such a simple recipe – let the kids help and make it just because!
  • Long live all the cute sprinkles.
  • Other things I like to do on snow days – meal plan while the kids are there to throw out their ideas, make the best chocolate chip cookies ever, and get this easy veggie-filled lasagna in the slow cooker so I don’t have to think about dinner. All good ideas.

Craving more? Subscribe to Bless this Mess to get new recipes, meal plans, and a newsletter delivered straight to your inbox! If you try this recipe, let me know what you think! Leave a comment, pin it, and don’t forget to tag a picture #blessthismesseats on Instagram. I love to see your kitchen skills in action!

Print

Quick and Easy Snow Ice Cream


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 4-6 cups
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Quick and easy snow ice cream made from fresh snow, evaporated milk, and a little sugar and vanilla. Four ingredients never tasted so good!


Ingredients

  • 1 can evaporated milk (12 ounces)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Bowl of Snow (about 1/2 gallon)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix the milk, sugar, and vanilla together until well combined.
  2. In a large bowl, add about 8-10 cups of snow. Pour the milk mixture over the top and stir well to combine. The texture will be close to that of homemade ice cream (thinner than store-bought ice cream but still have some structure when scooped).
  3. Serve right away, adding sprinkles if you’d like.

Notes

The amount of snow is going to depend a lot on your snow. Mine was extra wet and heavy that day and about 8 cups was perfect. If your snow is drier, you might want to add quite a bit more. Let the taste and texture be your guide and don’t be afraid to add a little extra snow as needed.

Keywords: how to make snow ice cream, snow dessert, easy ice cream recipe

This is about what it should look like when you have it all stirred together. I had a bit too much snow, so it wasn’t as sweet as we wanted it, so start with less snow and add to the bowl as needed.

Quick and Easy Snow Ice Cream - 4 ingredients and 5 minutes!

Quick and Easy Snow Ice Cream - 4 ingredients and 5 minutes!

Enjoy some memory-making, friends, and thank you so much for stopping in.

This post was originally published in March 2015 and has been updated in January 2018.

Snow Ice Cream
"<emQuick and easy snow ice cream made from fresh snow, evaporated milk, and a little sugar and vanilla. Four ingredients never tasted so good!
” width=”735″ height=”1332″ class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-24900″ />
<em>Quick and easy snow ice cream made from fresh snow, evaporated milk, and a little sugar and vanilla. Four ingredients never tasted so good!</em><br />
Quick and easy snow ice cream made from fresh snow, evaporated milk, and a little sugar and vanilla. Four ingredients never tasted so good!
38 Recipes for Busy Moms
7 Responses
  1. Anna

    This can also be made with regular milk (whole is best). It’s probably a little runnier, but still delicious. We don’t currently live where there is snow, but when we lived in Idaho my kids LOVED to make snow ice cream. Yum.

  2. Debbie C

    Awesome! Now I have the measurements for “some”……oh how could I have forgotten the vanilla!!!! Fond childhood memories at the cabin at Lake Tahoe! Wouldn’t ya know….I just left my Utah snow for a roadtrip visiting parentals……of course, no snow where they live now! Argh. Maybe we will have another great storm when I get back home! Happy Day!

  3. I’m hoping for some snow here in Glasgow, Scotland so I can make this. Although cold enough for snow, it doesn’t snow that much here. Plenty in the mountains though. Maybe I should take the ingredients up there! 🙂

  4. I’m 77 yrs. old now and we used to make this every winter. The snow was a lot cleaner back then. I had forgotten how to make it. Thanks for recipe , it brings back a lot of memories.

Leave a Reply

Bless This Mess - About Me

I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

Dinner Ideas for Busy Moms
853 Shares
Pin322
Share531
Tweet
Email