Growing up in Texas, it only snowed with any accumulation twice in my whole life… the month I was born and when I was 3. Now, living in New England, I love experiencing winter with my kids because I feel like a kid myself – sledding, building snowmen, making snow angels – all things I never got to do as a kid with Texas winters. And last week, the girls and I made snow ice cream!
Flavored Snow Ice Cream
Last week, we were home on our second snow day in a row, and the natives were getting restless. They had already spent half the morning burning off energy in our Indoor Obstacle Course, and they wanted to know what we could do next! They love to cook with me in the kitchen, and I had just seen multiple recipes for Snow Ice Cream on Pinterest, and with the snow falling fast outside, I knew it was the perfect choice. There are several different versions – some feature sweetened, condensed milk – but I opted for the more natural version!
Of course, Lil’ M, my chocoholic, wanted chocolate. And I am personally partial to coffee ice cream. All the recipes I saw only featured vanilla, so we did a little kitchen experimenting to make 5 different flavors of Snow Ice Cream!
5 flavors of snow ice cream requiring 4-5 basic ingredients + snow!
1 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Sprinkle of salt
Lots of fresh snow
2 TBSP chocolate syrup
1/2 cup coffee (cooled)
1/2 cup strawberry puree
1 tsp peppermint extract and handful of miniature chocolate morsels
For basic vanilla snow ice cream, combine milk, sugar, vanilla and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add fresh snow to the bowl and mix until you achieve ice cream consistency. Depending on the weight and density of the snow, it will take ~4-6 cups of snow to blend with the liquid. Add 1-2 cups at a time until you get the consistency you want. Sprinkles are optional.
To make chocolate ice cream, add 2 TBSP chocolate syrup to your liquid mixture BEFORE stirring in your snow.
To make coffee ice cream, replace 1/2 cup of milk with 1/2 cup of cooled coffee. You may want to brew it and place it in the refrigerator to fully cool it before adding it to milk and combining with snow.
To make strawberry ice cream, replace 1/2 cup of milk with 1/2 cup of strawberry puree (puree 4-5 fresh or frozen strawberries with 1/4 cup of water or milk), then combine with snow.
To make peppermint chip ice cream, replace 1 tsp vanilla with 1 tsp peppermint extract and add a handful of miniature chocolate morsels to your liquid mixture before combining with snow.
In 5 minutes, you will have the snow ice cream flavor of your choice! So quick and easy, halve or quarter the recipe and serve everyone the flavor of their choice. And easy enough, the kids can make it themselves!
What flavor is your favorite? What flavor would you create? If you enjoyed this post be sure to check out more of our Snow Day fun with Indoor Fun with Snow and Snow Day Indoor Obstacle Course! You can find all of these, as well as our favorite winter activities for kids from around the web on our Winter board on Pinterest.