This easy snow ice cream recipe is made with just 4 ingredients: fresh snow, evaporated milk, 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.
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.
This snow ice cream recipe is made with just 4 ingredients: fresh snow, evaporated milk, a little sugar & vanilla. Four ingredients never tasted so good!
- 1 can evaporated milk (12 ounces)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Bowl of Snow (about 1/2 gallon)
- In a small bowl, mix the milk, sugar, and vanilla together until well combined.
- 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).
- Serve right away, adding sprinkles if you’d like.
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.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bowl
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: how to make snow ice cream, snow dessert, easy ice cream recipe, snow ice cream, snow dessert, snow 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.
Love snow ice cream? Here are a few other snowy day desserts you might like:
- Small Batch Double Chocolate Brownies
- Cinnamon Caramel Corn with White Chocolate and Pecans
- Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes
- Cheater Brookies (Chocolate Chip Cookies + Brownies)
- Cake Mix Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
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.
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