“Snow” much fun to make, this Snow Ice Cream will definitely be a hit with the kids on your next snow day. Just three ingredients mixed together in a big bowl and you have a homemade sweet treat in minutes.
Got snow? We do. Just a few inches so I’m not completely wigged out quite yet. And unlike last year, I don’t see snow on the forecast in the next several days. This is the kind of snow I like. Not Polar Vortex snow that doesn’t stop until April. I think I already had an advanced stage of cabin fever this time last year. That was a little insane, someone in Mother Nature’s family really didn’t like this part of the county. Kinda like New York this year….I think they had 9 feet of snow or something similarly silly a couple months ago. Just a little annoyance. 🙁
This year I devised a list of everything we were going to do with the snow. It’s long. I wish I had this list last year, it would have saved my sanity a little bit…until I finished said list and had to start all over again. I don’t see that happening this year, this being our first snow this winter and it doesn’t look as if we’re getting much more. At least this week. I have a feeling I’m going to be eating my words soon.
So, to combat boredom yesterday, I whipped out the list. Number 1, blow ice bubbles. We skipped it. I didn’t think it was cold enough to be honest and I think I remember doing this a few years ago and it didn’t work. We will get back to that later. (Plus, the bubbles I had were blue…the Crayola Color Magic…and the mess, I just can’t deal.) Number 2, Snow Ice Cream. “Snow” much fun!
I made Snow Ice Cream before, like a decade or more ago. Before there were bloggers behind every corner of the virtual world. The recipe I used previously called for a bunch of ingredients including granulated sugar. But sugar is weird and takes a long time to dissolve so you had crunchy bits of sugar throughout your already crunchy ice cream. It didn’t really get to the consistency of a creamy ice cream. It was more like a Milk Sno-Cone. No good. It wasn’t until recently that I found Paula Deen’s Snow Ice Cream and boy, did she nail it. Really….sweetened condensed milk…..THAT is where it’s at. Now, put aside the fact that I could literally eat sweetened condensed milk with a spoon out of the can (don’t judge) but you’re mixing it with snow….and vanilla…..and who doesn’t like to eat snow????
Now a few rules:
- Use a bowl that’s been chilled. Seriously. Snow melts rapidly once you bring it inside so a cold bowl will be your best friend and your best defense against snow melt. AND chill your ingredients! This will help the whole recipe from turning into a puddle.
- Make sure you pack the snow in a measuring cup, don’t just measure it out all fluffy…it’s going to shrink wildly once you pour the other ingredients into the bowl.
- No yellow snow. And no brown snow for that matter. Oh, and how about no colored snow. Snow should be white. Don’t be adventurous…stick to what nature has dealt us. White means clean, let’s keep it that way.
- Work quickly…..like Gordon Ramsey is your boss man. Work like your hair is on fire and get that stuff mixed up.
- Dig in….and remember….this ice cream is made of snow. It’s not hand churned artisan ice cream made from cream that came from cows living on the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
And if you’re feeling super adventurous….top is with this Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell! Now if you really had your heart set on some creamy, rich indulgence and the kids have had their fun…may I suggest THIS crazy, insane ice cream or maybe something a bit nutty. 🙂 Your choice. Happy Snow Day! May your kids not miss another day of school this year.
How to Make Snow Ice Cream
- 10 cups clean, WHITE snow
- 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large, cold bowl, mix together the snow, condensed milk and vanilla until the mixture reaches the consistency of ice cream.
- Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer.