Snow much fun to make, this easy to make Snow Ice Cream recipe 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.

Snow Ice Cream in a blue bowl with an ice cream scoop in the background.

Snow Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love a snow day? It’s always the best surprise but once that snow day turns into days, cabin fever starts to set in.

This Snow Ice Cream is the ultimate boredom beater and a great break from a day of sledding. It’s made with simple pantry ingredients and takes just a few seconds to make. That’s right…seconds!

Kids love adding their favorite toppings and you can even put your favorite spin on this Snow Ice Cream recipe by playing with the flavors.

Snow Ice Cream is a definitely must on the winter bucket list so make sure you have everything you need before old man winter visits the neighborhood this year.

Four bowls of snow ice cream topped with rainbow sprinkles.

What is Snow Ice Cream?

Snow Ice Cream is ice cream made out of snow. Which isn’t really rocket science since ice cream is really just like snow….but creamier.

Add in sweetened condensed milk and a splash of vanilla for an icy, creamy treat in seconds.

How To Make Snow Ice Cream

I used to make 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 Snow Cone. No good.

  1. 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????
  2. First, be sure to use a chilled bowl….and chilled ingredients for that matter, otherwise, your snow will melt upon impact of all the room temperature ingredients.
  3. Go outside and fill a bowl with clean, fresh snow.
  4. Stir in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until light, fluffy and somewhat creamy.
  5. Add sprinkles or chocolate sauce or even this Magic Shell topping.
  6. Dig in!

Three ingredient Snow Ice Cream couldn’t be easier to make! Am I right?

    Is it safe to eat snow?

    I ate snow almost every winter when I was little and I lived to tell about it…, yes, as long as you only use freshly fallen, clean snow you should be good to go. Also, be sure to use a clean bowl or bucket to collect your snow.

    Ingredient Substitutions

    • Swap the condensed milk for evaporated milk and maple syrup
    • Add a spoonful or two of cocoa powder for a Chocolate Snow Ice Cream
    • Ditch the vanilla extract and add almond, coffee or orange extract instead
    Snow Ice Cream in a purple bowl with a spoon taking a scoop.

    Tips for the Best Snow Ice Cream

    • 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.

    How To Serve It

    And if you’re feeling super adventurous….top your easy to make Snow Ice Cream recipe 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. 🙂

    Snow ice cream in a blue bowl with a spoon and topped with sprinkles in the snow.

    More Easy Ice Cream Recipes

    And if you’re still feeling pretty plain vanilla but have the time to make the real deal…this Vanilla Ice Cream recipe is the BEST EVER. OR….if you’re like me, make this Chocolate Ice Cream….it’s sinfully creamy and decadent. Your choice. Happy Snow Day! Fingers crossed that your kids may not miss another day of school this year.

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    Snow ice cream in a blue bowl with a spoon and topped with sprinkles in the snow.

    Get the Recipe: Snow Ice Cream Recipe

    One for the kids, this easy Snow Ice Cream is made with just a few simple ingredients.
    5 from 7 votes


    • 10 cups clean white snow
    • 1 14- oz can sweetened condensed milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    • 1 large mixing bowl


    • 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.


    Make sure the bowl and ingredients are chilled before mixing to help keep the snow from melting.
    Serving: 1g, Calories: 229kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 110mg, Potassium: 262mg, Sugar: 38g, Vitamin A: 190IU, Vitamin C: 1.8mg, Calcium: 214mg, Iron: 0.1mg