February 26, 2015

How to Make Snow Cream {+ 5 Different Flavors of Snow Ice Cream}

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Got a snow day?  Use these flavor ideas and steps for how to make Snow Cream to add a creamy and delicious snow treat to your snowy day plans!

5 Flavors of Snow Cream for Your Next Snow Day


I played in the snow today!  But my kind of playing in the snow is probably a little different than you're thinking.  I didn't make snow angels.  Or go sledding.  Or build a snowman.  Or even have a snowball fight with the neighborhood kids.  {and I certainly didn't help shovel the driveway}.

Nope.

My kind of playing in the snow was ... to make snow cream!  You know, when you turn snow and a couple of other simple ingredients into a made-from-snow-ice-cream-treat?  And I played today by whipping up five different flavors of snow cream.  Oohhhhhhhh, they were all so good!

When I awoke to this winter wonderland in my backyard this morning ...

Backyard Snow

... {a bit of a rarity here in central North Carolina} I just knew playing around with how to make snow cream was in my plans for the day.  I'm so glad I made those my plans, because I really did enjoy making {and eating} the five different flavors.

And I think the neighbors I made snow cream deliveries to were glad, too!

So what flavors did I make, you ask?

Classic vanilla ... of course ..., chocolate, strawberry, coconut, and maple.

I'm torn on which was my favorite, because I liked them all.  But if push came to shove, I think I would have to go with strawberry.  It got rave reviews from the neighbors, too!

Though chocolate did get a very  enthusiastic "This chocolate is the bomb!" from one of our sweet neighbor boys.

If making snow cream is in your  plans for playing in the snow, follow these simple steps and recipes for how to make snow cream ... and you'll be enjoying a creamy and delicious snow treat in no time.

Enjoy!

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How to Make Snow Cream in 5 Different Flavors

Vanilla Snow Cream
Ingredients
  • 8 c. clean snow
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl {preferably that has been chilled}, stir together sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Add snow, 1 cup at a time, stirring and mashing with a spoon until incorporated; continue adding snow until an ice cream-like texture is reached. {You may need a little more or a little less than 8 cups of snow.}
  2. Enjoy immediately, or cover and place outside in the snow for up to several hours. {It is my experience that snow cream does not 'hold' well in the freezer.}



{Alternative Method} Vanilla Snow Cream
{in case you don't have sweetened condensed milk on hand}
Ingredients
  • 4 c. clean snow
  • 1 c. milk {preferably whole milk} or 1/2-&-1/2
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl {preferably that has been chilled}, stir together milk, sugar, and vanilla extract until sugar is dissolved. Add snow, 1 cup at a time, stirring and mashing with a spoon until incorporated; continue adding snow until an ice cream-like texture is reached. {You may need to add a little more or a little less than 4 cups of snow.}
  2. Enjoy immediately, or cover and place outside in the snow for up to several hours.


Chocolate Snow Cream

Chocolate Snow Cream
Ingredients
  • 8 c. clean snow
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5 tsp. cocoa {the chocolate powder you use to bake with}
Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl {preferably that has been chilled}, stir together sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and cocoa. Add snow, 1 cup at a time, stirring and mashing with a spoon until incorporated; continue adding snow until an ice cream-like texture is reached. {You may need a little more or a little less than 8 cups of snow.}
  2. Enjoy immediately, or cover and place outside in the snow for up to several hours.



Strawberry Snow Cream


Strawberry Snow Cream
Ingredients
  • 8 to 9 c. clean snow
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 c. strawberry jam
Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl {preferably that has been chilled}, stir together sweetened condensed milk and strawberry jam. Add snow, 1 cup at a time, stirring and mashing with a spoon until incorporated; continue adding snow until an ice cream-like texture is reached.
  2. Enjoy immediately, or cover and place outside in the snow for up to several hours.


Coconut Snow Cream


Coconut Snow Cream
Ingredients
  • 8 c. clean snow
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp. coconut extract
  • 1/2 c. shredded coconut
Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl {preferably that has been chilled}, stir together sweetened condensed milk, coconut extract, and coconut. Add snow, 1 cup at a time, stirring and mashing with a spoon until incorporated; continue adding snow until an ice cream-like texture is reached. {You may need to add a little more or a little less than 8 cups of snow.}
  2. Enjoy immediately, or cover and place outside in the snow for up to several hours.



Maple Snow Cream


Maple Snow Cream
Ingredients
  • 4 c. clean snow
  • 1 c. milk {preferably whole milk} or 1/2-&-1/2
  • 1/4 c. pure maple syrup
  • additional pure maple syrup for drizzling
Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl {preferably that has been chilled}, stir together milk and maple syrup. Add snow, 1 cup at a time, stirring and mashing with a spoon until incorporated; continue adding snow until an ice cream-like texture is reached. {You may need to add a little more or a little less than 4 cups of snow.}
  2. Drizzle individual servings with additional maple syrup.
  3. Enjoy immediately, or cover and place outside in the snow for up to several hours.

Notes:
- Any of these snow cream recipes can easily be halved or doubled.
- Fluffy, unpacked snow works best.  Just scoop snow up with a bowl; don't pack the snow into a bowl.
- When I know a snowstorm is coming, I place a large bowl or two out on the deck before the storm starts.  No snow-scooping involved! ~ my bowl is already full from the snowfall.
- It is my experience that snow cream doesn't 'hold' well in the freezer.  It's best to enjoy it immediately, or to place it {covered} outside in the snow for up to a few hours.



And the added beauty of serving up snow cream in jars?  ... If someone doesn't eat all theirs ~ just pop the lid on it and stick the jar in the snow for later!

Maple Snow Cream

Enjoy!

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12 comments:

  1. I have never made snow cream. I love the varieties. Yum!

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. Give it a try during your next snow storm! Snow Cream is a fun little treat to make.

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  2. Can I use yellow snow if I want a lemon flavor?

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    1. LOL. I wouldn't advise it. But hey ... whatever floats your boat!

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  3. I LOVE SNOW CREAM. I GREW UP IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. SOMETIMES OUR PARENTS TOOK US TO BIG BEAR OR LAKE ARROWHEAD SO WE COULD PLAY IN THE SNOW. THOSE TIMES WE ALWAYS MADE SNOW CREAM.
    MOM MADE THE BASE INSIDE THE CABIN. DAD PUT BIG STAINLESS STEEL BOWL IN THE SNOW, PACKING SNOW ALL AROUND IT. THEN MOM WOULD BRING THE BASE AND POUR INTO THE BOWL. ALL OF US KIDS TOOK TURNS STIRRING THE MIXTURE WHILE DAD ADDED CLEAN SNOW TO THE BOWL.

    I'M HAPPY YOU CAME UP WITH NEW FLAVORS TO TRY. NOW ALL I HAVE TO DO IS WAIT FOR SNOW. I LIVE IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN (ARIZONA). IT WILL BE A LONG WAIT. IT REALLY DOES SNOW HERE SOMETIMES. IT JUST MELTS AWAY REAL FAST.

    THANKS FOR STIRRING UP CHILDHOOD MEMORIES.

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    1. Such sweet childhood memories, Tamara. Thank you for sharing them with me!

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  4. I have always wanted to try making snow cream but never have...I'll have to give it a shot!

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  5. We used to make snow cream as kids & loved it! I haven't had it for years. I really need to try this with my kids. As much snow as we've gotten I could make entire vats of snow cream, lol! #loulougirlsfabulousparty

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  6. Snow Cream is always a special treat, this looks wonderful and your snow photo's are great! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  7. What a fun snack for a snow day!! We didn't get very much this year, but the snow season isn't over yet. Who knows. Thank you for lining up to Tips and Tricks. We hope to see you again this Monday night at 7. Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas

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  8. Now, I'm wishing for more snow ;)

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  9. My snow cream does very good in the freezer and it is easy. Make your snow cream, place in a plastic container and put in the freezer. every couple of hours, take a fork and scrape the top of the snow cream. This keeps it from being like a hard chunk of ice and the flavor is still great.

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