Snow Cream

We got an unexpected amount of snow on Wednesday night. We got a dusting last Friday, and that’s pretty much what we were anticipating for this week. Only when we woke up on Thursday morning, there was close to 6 inches blanketing our neighborhood. Which, I know 6-inches isn’t much for many of you guys – who regularly see feet. But, here by ocean we never seem to get amounts worthy of playing in. I don’t know if it’s the warm winds off of the water pushing the storms away, or what – but it’s been a while since I can remember this much. And, more is supposed to be coming this afternoon and evening!snowdayWe had a great day playing in the snow, making snow angels and building a snowman. The boys were little icicles by the time they came inside, so I made a pot of hot cocoa and we all enjoyed it while trying to warm up. Everyone took a nap, we watched a movie, and then went outside for more shenanigans in the snow, and to gather some snow to make snow cream. It’s basically ice cream made from snow, and it’s absolutely delicious. Snow, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla – that’s it. These ingredients combine to form something so special. And, it’s something the little ones love to help with – gathering the snow, then mixing it.

Now, I know a few of you will be saying “Eeew – she eats filthy snow that’s fallen from the sky? Off the ground? Gross” Which, I suppose if I lived in some concrete jungle in a city, then no – I probably wouldn’t advise making snow cream. But, I’ve eaten countless batches and am still here to tell the tale. No third arm has started sprouting yet! So, I’ve never concern myself with those thoughts. I will say that I’ve heard to not use snow from the first snow of the year. But, I can’t say I’ve adhered to that rule either…

This was the first time I added the seeds from a vanilla bean, in addition to vanilla extract. It really bumped it up to the next level, flavor wise. And, who doesn’t love seeing vanilla bean specks in their dessert? If you’re fortunate enough to have pristine snow on the ground in the morning – do yourself a favor and fill up a bowls worth for dessert that night. Hell, I’ve even been known to make a batch for breakfast!

Stay warm guys, have a great weekend.


  1. Posted January 25, 2013 at 9:51 AM | Permalink

    I don’t know how it’s possible that I’ve never heard of snow cream before! I feel like I’ve been missing out all these years 🙂 Now I need to anxiously await the next snow…

    • Laura
      Posted January 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM | Permalink

      When you mentioned that last night, I thought the same! I figured I had to introduce it to the internets ASAP 🙂

  2. Beth
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM | Permalink

    Hoping to make some tonight!

  3. Posted January 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM | Permalink

    Looks like you guys had a blast! My grandma used to make snow ice cream on the super special occasion that she got enough snow. It was always so good.

  4. Kim in MD
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 2:02 PM | Permalink

    I am so jealous that you got six inches of snow! We only got 1 inch, but are expected to get up to three inches tonight. This looks so delicious! I think I will put a large pot outside on my patio to “catch” the snow in! We have a lot of wild critters that visit my yard (deer, foxes, raccoons, ect.), so I think I would feel better knowing that it was good, clean snow! 🙂

  5. Posted January 25, 2013 at 2:29 PM | Permalink

    What a fun picture of the snow!! We call this dish Halo Halo from the Philippines and it’s pretty awesome, and ADDICTING!! I love the ice cream bowl for this photo…it’s just perfect!

  6. Posted January 25, 2013 at 6:35 PM | Permalink

    My dad would make this for me when I was a kid, but he used just regular milk and a heaping spoonful of sugar. Sweetened condensed milk really sounds like its the way to go.

    And I’m from Baltimore (county) and have ate this stuff for years. No third arm over here either. 🙂

    • Laura
      Posted January 25, 2013 at 9:03 PM | Permalink

      Makes it so much easier! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do 🙂

  7. Posted January 25, 2013 at 10:07 PM | Permalink

    ooo I’ve always wanted to make this. I would give it a try if we’d get some snow and not just freeze our butts off here.

  8. Posted January 26, 2013 at 6:59 PM | Permalink

    Wow, this is such a fun idea!

  9. Posted January 27, 2013 at 8:50 AM | Permalink

    My kids will love this one! I’ve never tried something like this before. Too bad we only have a little dusting of snow outside. But the winter is still young 😉 Thanks for the recipe Laura!

  10. Posted January 30, 2013 at 4:41 PM | Permalink

    Oh wow this is smart! When I was a kid I had maple snow… same idea but somehow I think this is 100 x better.

  11. mjd
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 10:46 AM | Permalink

    FYI, even “clean” snow in remote areas is full of bacteria (Pseudomonas syringae) and really isn’t a very safe thing to feed young children.

    • Posted February 9, 2013 at 3:27 PM | Permalink

      Well, the article (which, I wouldn’t consider eHow a credible source of information to begin with) compares the bacteria levels to playing in dirt, which my boys do all the time as well. The specific bacteria you speak of effects beans and tomato plants, not humans. I suppose we just like to “live on the edge!”.

  12. Betty
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 8:55 PM | Permalink

    I have just seen this and since I live in the Deep South of Mississippi we would have at least one good snow a year and would have snow cream as long as the snow was on the ground. I will be 68 this year and still living so I do not think enough bactiria to hurt. we used reg milk and sugar. I still love as much as I did as a kid. my kids love it to.

    • Posted January 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM | Permalink

      My little ones enjoy it too, Betty. But like you, we don’t see snow as often as we’d like. Thanks for the sweet comment! We haven’t croaked yet from it either. 😉

  13. Lee
    Posted November 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM | Permalink

    My grandmother made this for me when I was quite small (I am 71 now) and I have been making it myself in my adult years. I use half & half rather than the condensed milk though and I use a bit more vanilla than what you call for.
    One of the things that I loved about living in AK was that there was so much nice, dry, fluffy snow for ice cream. This is one of my favorite things in life.

  14. Linda McGhee
    Posted November 3, 2014 at 1:44 PM | Permalink

    I’m 63 and still only have 2 arms, nothing else has sprouted. My Mom used to make this all the time when we were kids. I think she used “Junket” to make different flavors. My favorite was always chocolate. Sadly, she has passed away so I can’t ask for her recipe, if she actually had one. So much of the older recipes were a handful of this and that. Thanks for bringing back that reminder for me. Always lived “Snow Ice Cream”, always hated the snow!

  15. Angelia Russell Faith
    Posted January 7, 2017 at 1:43 PM | Permalink

    I remember as a little girl, my grandmother making it. We would then proceed to eat it while standing over her floor funace so the warm air would blow up our night clothes. LOL Great memories. My daughter added about a tablespoon of cocoa powder to hers to make chocolate snow cream. Yummy!!

  16. Judy R Bowman
    Posted December 9, 2017 at 10:21 PM | Permalink

    I absolutely love snow ice cream!!! I’ve never used condensed milk, but I am definitely going to try it!!! I always used regular milk and add sugar. Some times I add cocoa for chocolate ice cream!! YUMMY!!!

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