Make a batch of delicious vanilla snow ice cream with 2 ingredients and big bowl of freshly-fallen snow! It’s a super winter activity to do with your family or your students, and it tastes so good!
I love ice cream, but I’ll admit, when I first heard about snow ice cream, I thought ewww. Who would want to make ice cream out of snow? Or more specifically, who would want to EAT ice cream made with snow?
Using snow as a main ingredient in a dish sounded so bizarre to me, but I kept seeing all these recipes for snow ice cream (also known as snow cream) all over the net, and in every one, people raved about how good it tasted. Plus I’ve made maple sugar candy pops on the snow many times, and that’s always fantastic.
Being in Canada, we’ve been pummelled with snow-fall after snow-fall this week, and yesterday, looking out at my yard all a-glistening with a fresh new layer of fluffy snow, I thought, “Let’s do it. Let’s find out what the hoopla is all about”, so I talked my 14 year-old into making my first-ever batch of vanilla snow ice cream with me. He actually didn’t need much convincing. It was me who was skeptical…
…until I tasted it. O.M.G. I never thought I’d say it, but snow ice cream is delicious. I mean SERIOUSLY delicious. It’s better than any store-bought ice cream I’ve ever tasted. It’s rich and sweet and packed with flavour. And it was so easy and fun to make!
If you’re a skeptic like I was, I urge you to get outside with your kids, and find a clean patch of new-fallen snow, and give this recipe a try. I can almost guarantee that you’ll love it! And what a great winter activity to do with your family.
Who knows, maybe you’ll start an annual wintertime tradition!
This recipe makes quite a big batch of snow ice cream, so it’s perfect for making with a group of children or students. If you’re making it for just a few, you can freeze your leftovers.
To make 3-ingredient Vanilla Snow Ice Cream, you’ll need:
- 8-12 cups of fresh, white, new-fallen snow (a cup here in North America is 8 oz.)
- 300 ml can of sweetened condensed milk (10 ounces)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Large bowl
- measuring cup
- wooden spoon
- freezer-proof container for storing your leftovers
How to make snow ice cream:
To start, I filled a huge salad bowl with fresh snow. I probably gathered about 10-12 cups of snow. My snow was very light and fluffy and impossible to pack. Your snow might be heavier, and you may not need as much as I did. Don’t worry too much about being precise. You can always add more snow to your ice cream if need be.
We brought our snow into the house to make our ice cream because it was -40, and far too cold to stay outside. Brrrr! It’s FREEZING cold here.
Once inside, I scooped about half of the snow into a smaller bowl. I wasn’t sure how much snow we’d actually use, so I figured we’d start out with some of it, and add more as needed.
To start, my son sprinkled a tsp of vanilla onto the snow.
Then he drizzled half the condensed milk over top.
With the wooden spoon, he folded the condensed milk and vanilla into the snow, kind of chopping, stirring and mixing to combine everything.
Then we transferred the whole mixture back into the big bowl of remaining snow, and we added the rest of the condensed milk.
The condensed milk does not melt the snow or make it watery. It’s quite the opposite, actually. The snow sort of freezes the condensed milk, making it thick and icy.
Ok! Time for the taste-test.
We got out our fancy ice cream bowls, filled them and dug in.
Oooooh Myyyy! It was amazing! You could’ve knocked me over with a feather. I couldn’t believe how good it was.
COLD though! Holy Moly! Much colder than regular ice cream. I guess the -40 temps had something to do with that.
I honestly couldn’t believe how rich and delicious this ice cream was! I know there are other recipes for ice cream snow that you can make with regular milk, but our recipe was so decadent; I was glad we’d used condensed milk.
There was no way we could eat our whole batch of snow ice cream, but I didn’t want it to go to waste, plus, I wanted my older son to taste it, and he wouldn’t be home for a few hours. We spooned our leftovers into a shallow, freezer-proof container with a lid, and patted it all down.
Mmmmm… doesn’t it look delicious?
We popped it into the freezer, and when my older son came home, I served him some. I didn’t tell him what was in it. I wanted him to guess.
He’s recently been to Europe, and he raves about the ice cream they have there, so I wondered what his opinion would be of our new recipe.
He took a spoonful, and said “Oh My! What is this? It’s CRAZY good!”
He took a couple of guesses at the ingredients, and when I finally told him it was SNOW, he said “NO WAY!”
I said “YES! Doesn’t it taste like French Vanilla Ice Cream?”, and he replied “This is WAY better than any French Vanilla Ice Cream I’ve ever had”.
And there you have it. Snow ice cream. So fun and easy to make, and totally delicious.
I’m totally sold. It really is amazing!
Make some with your family before the snow is gone. And let me know what you think!
To soften your snow cream after freezing:
*Note: we ate more of our snow ice cream again today. It had frozen rock-solid in the freezer over-night so I put it in the microwave for about 15 seconds to soften it enough that we could scoop it. I’m happy to report that our snow ice cream was just as delicious today as it was yesterday.
Print off the recipe for home or your classroom:
- 8-12 cups fresh clean snow
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 300 mls sweetened 10 oz, condensed milk
Scoop clean, fresh snow into a large bowl.
Sprinkle vanilla over snow.
Drizzle condensed milk over all.
Fold all ingredients together, and stir until well-combined.
If necessary, add more snow until you're happy with the consistency of your ice cream.
Scoop into a bowl, and enjoy!
To freeze leftovers, pat remaining snow ice cream into a freezer-proof container with a lid.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.