This winter has brought a ton of snow for many states. In fact, 49 out of 50 states have snow on the ground, including Hawaii!
What do you do when mother nature sends you 15 inches of snow? You eat it!!
Now, I know there’s plenty of people out there that don’t eat snow because they think it’s dirty. My husband NEVER ate snow because his mother told him it was dirty. As a child, I loved to play outside and I’m pretty sure I ate my body weight in snow. Easily could’ve eaten triple my weight if I’d known about snow ice cream. In retrospect, eating snow once or twice a year was probably no worse than some of the other things I ate or chewed on. I might feel differently if I lived in a polluted city, but we happen to live in a rural area.
If you’ve never made snow ice cream for your kids, I’ll tell you they LOVE it. My toddler loves being able to bring the snow in the house as much as making and eating the ice cream. Heck, I even love eating it after I shovel the driveway!
To clarify, I also only use snow that has freshly fallen, I collect it as it’s falling and bring it inside the same day. If you must scoop it off the ground, scoop the top layer only and don’t use snow that isn’t pure white. In other words, don’t eat yellow snow or any other color snow for that matter! Hah! To collect the snow, I prefer to use a big plastic Tupperware container with a lid so I can store the snow in the freezer. I usually will make 2 or 3 small batches out of one tub of snow. Just place the container outside.
Snow Ice Cream Recipe
- About 4 cups of snow, depending on the consistency of the snow
- 1/2 cup milk (can substitute with cream)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Collect your snow and mix all the ingredients together.
You can get creative by mixing in pureed peaches, strawberries, blueberries, maple syrup, or chocolate syrup to add flavor. You could add chocolate chips or peanut butter chips or top with sprinkles. Substitute brown sugar instead of regular sugar. LOTS of room for variations!
Also, some people also like to substitute condensed milk instead of milk, sugar, and vanilla. Mix one can of condensed milk to about 8 cups of snow.