We grew up in the Midwest. Snow days were often and consistent. They were also bitter cold, so even playing in the snow was a short-lived activity. It seemed when we had one snow day, we were bound to have several in a row. Growing up in a family of 5 kids also meant there were a lot of bodies at home on snow days, and we needed things to do!
The Best Memories
One of my all-time favorite memories on a snow day was making snow ice cream every time we would get several inches of fresh powder. It was a super simple recipe, was quick to throw together, and the ice cream was the most delicious treat. I even remember as I got older, my mom would let me lead the charge with my 4 younger siblings since the recipe was so easy. We had a blast every single time!
Snow Day Fun
Obviously, the key to this recipe is fresh, WHITE snow! The best time to make snow ice cream is immediately after a very heavy snowfall. I suggest taking fresh snow from a patio, porch or deck if possible (fewer animals are likely to make their way through…). Involve the kids and make it fun!
Snow Ice Cream Recipe
- 8 cups of fresh white snow
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- a pinch salt
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for the snow and whisk them together. Gather up the snow and add to the bowl, stirring consistently.
- Enjoy immediately! (You can also freeze for later, but it is best enjoyed right away!)
A Few Variations
If you are looking to add some flavor, here are a few ideas (but keep in mind I have not tried them):
- Try using Chocolate Milk or Egg Nog instead of plain milk!
- Add cinnamon or vanilla bean to the mixture
- Mix in fresh or frozen fruits
Also, feel free to take this activity up a few notches by setting up a Snow Ice Cream Sundae Bar! The toppings are endless, but sprinkles, chopped candy, whipped cream, and chocolate fudge are always favorites at our house!
Share your favorite toppings or the fun you have when you make snow ice cream with your family!