Snow Ice Cream

January 6th, 2010 by Dionna | 5 Comments
Posted in Adults, Children, Eclectic Learning, Healthy Living, natural parenting, Preschoolers, Teens, Toddlers

Old Man Winter has been in rare form the past few weeks, and we have gotten our share of snow and ice here in Kansas City. This hasn’t been all bad. Here were a few bright spots for us:

*For the first time since 1966, we had an inch of snow on the ground on Christmas. And really, who can argue with a white Christmas?!

*We have had up to a foot of snow in the last two weeks with little to no melting. Snow on the ground = puffy snowsuits, cute little mittens, rosy red cheeks, and a big round plastic sled!
(Brief aside from Kieran: “Thank you, mama, for picking up those two sleds at the thrift store last month. You had high hopes, and you weren’t disappointed.”)
Tom built Kieran a snow slide, and we have thoroughly enjoyed watching Kieran slide down over and over, giggling and repeating “again! again!” before he’s even come to a stop.

*Discussing the various footprints we have seen in the snow. Usually this is fun: look – there was the kitty that likes to poop in the backyard! Wow, look at all the tiny birdy footprints!
Once, it was scary. Tom came home and said, “Dionna, who has been in the backyard?” What? “There are big footprints in the backyard, leading right up to the house!” OMG WTF?! I figured it out before my heart beat out of my chest – it was the meter reader. Silly, papa.

*And finally, Kieran’s personal favorite: Snow Ice Cream. This was definitely the highlight of the snow so far. We tried it out one evening when Tom’s parents were visiting, and I was unprepared for how much of a hit it would be. Kieran loved it. If you’ve never made snow ice cream with your kids, I highly suggest it. I have gathered several snow ice cream recipes for your convenience.

Recipe 1 (This is the recipe we used. Thanks, Jill!):

  • 1 gallon or big bowl of clean snow (if you like, you can put the bowl outdoors to collect it as it falls)
  • 1 14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Mix the ingredients together and eat the snow ice cream. Yummy!

Recipe 2:

  • 1 gallon or big bowl full of snow
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Recipe 3:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cold evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • Approx. 1 gallon of ice cream (add until you reach desired consistency)

Recipe 4 (Chocolate snow ice cream! Or use strawberry milk or pureed fruit, mmmm):

  • big bowl of snow
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate milk

Recipe 5 (Chocolate version 2):

  • big bowl of snow
  • 1 14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • chocolate syrup or cocoa powder, to taste

Recipe 6:

  • 1 cup Half & Half
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of salt
  • 5 cup of fresh, clean snow

Recipe 7:

  • 1 12-oz. can evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 gallon fresh clean snow

Recipe 8:

  • 1 gallon snow
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup milk

Recipe 9:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Sugar & vanilla to taste
  • Whip cream, then fold in sugar and vanilla to taste. Add about 4 scoops snow to cream mixture. Eat immediately or pack the bowl into a snowbank and let it chill until the ice cream has hardened.

Have you had any snow? What have you done to enjoy it? Do you have any snow ice cream recipes to share?

5 Responses to:
"Snow Ice Cream"

  1. Amber   AmberStrocel

    No snow here yet, thank goodness. I am in the Pacific Northwest and we don’t do well with snow. However, those recipes look fabulous!

    This isn’t ice cream, but I do enjoy maple sugar taffy. Super easy, and typical of French Canada. Here’s a recipe:

  2. I’m glad that Kieran liked the snow ice cream. Charlotte loves it, the other two could take it or leave it. It’s snowing again right now, so I think tomorrow we’ll get to make another bowl! I have been serving it in a big glass and when it melts a bit you can stir it up and drink it like a vanilla milk shake. A few years ago my mother in law gave me a set of these awesome stainless steel spoon-straws. They are metal straws with a spoon at the end, and they’re perfect for this!

  3. Mom

    Have we had snow…heheheheh we have decided we won’t see the ground until sometime in March!!! While Kieran is here, he can amuse himself trying to decide which dog the tracks belong to out in the back yard!!! And he can compare bird tracks on the deck.
    Can’t wait to have you here!!!

  4. Dionna   CodeNameMama

    Amber – that looks delicious!
    Jill – Kieran def. loves it. We made chocolate the night I posted this, and he ate his helping and then started in on mine ;)
    Mom – he loves watching the birds at your house. I need to get a little feeder to hang up on the awning over the living room window!

  5. Mandy

    We’ve been using regular cow milk and some sugar to make snow ice cream. I have to admit I was skeptical about the chocolate snow ice cream. However, we tried it as a variation and it was actually really good. My children decided that vanilla was the best, though.

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