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How to Make Snow Cream

Updated on October 13, 2016

Treat Right After a Snow Storm

Have you ever tasted Snow Cream? I didn't know such a thing existed. I've heard of Snow Cones, people scooping snow off the ground and packing it on a cone, then adding flavoring to it. Snow cream was new to me.

Doing a bit of research I discovered how easy it is to make. all you need is three other ingredients that are most likely already in your kitchen: Sugar, Milk and Vanilla Extract.

Now all you have to do is wait for it to snow. If you live in the northern states, that is not a big deal. There is a new snow storm every few days. This year seems a bit colder than most. Even down where I live, we got to see snow twice. I kind of expect a third... but I digress.

Take a look at the following three steps. I think you will find this project will be fun, tasty and perfect for the little ones. They love to go out into the snow and eat it. Might as well give them some sugar they can burn off.

Step One: Collect Fresh Snow - Make sure it's not yellow

You are going to need 8 cups of fresh, clean snow. Stay away from snow that has any color to it. When you dig into the snow, make sure you don't go too deep. You might regret it when you have dirt or grass or who knows what in your snow cream.

The best time to collect your snow is during the snow storm or right after one before anything bad happens to the clean snow. If it is snowing right now, take a plate or a bowl outside and set it on the ground and catch that fresh snow.


The first snow of the year can collect dirty air as it falls. Imagine smog in your snow cream. You may want to wait till the second snow of the season, a cleaner snow, before making your first batch of snow cream. Personally, I don't know if I will be able to wait.

Step Two: Grab Your Mixer - You can use a mixer or a wooden spoon

You will most likely need to take your mixer outside with you. Don't be afraid. Stretch out an extension cord and plug it in on the front porch or even in the driveway; wherever the clean snow is handy. If you don't have a mixer, you could use a whisk or a wooden spoon, It just won't come out as nice. You should really invest in a good mixer. They are great for all kinds of batters and doughs. Check out the following.

Step Three: Ingredients

- 8 Cups of Clean Snow

- 1 Cup Sugar

- 1 Cup Milk

- 2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

Mix all ingredients together till you are happy with your snow cream's texture. If you find it is not thick enough, add some more fresh snow and mix some more.

Step Four: Add Your Toppings and Enjoy - I Personally Like Hot Fudge

When mixed well enough, your Snow cream should be the consistency of soft serve ice cream. If you have ever made homemade ice cream, it comes out of the churn soft but yummy. If you want it to be harder ice cream like you get in the grocery store, you have to stick it in the freezer over night. I don't know if the same thing can be said of snow cream. You can try it if you like.

Now for the toppings. The possibilities are endless. I like hot fudge, chocolate morsels, sprinkles, or that magic shell chocolate topping. I have been known to throw M&Ms or Reeses Pieces on top. What about gummy bears? That would be fun. Then there is a whole array of nuts, dried fruits, and maybe even a spice or two. Get creative. Have fun. Most of all, enjoy a winter delicacy.

Is Snow Cream Ice Cream?

Thanks no cream is more likely a kind of snowcone. It's more like shaved ice covered in your favorite flavorings. You can add milk or cream to it to make it thicker and act more like ice cream but I don't know if he would consider a true ice cream.

This project is really a fun idea for a party or a family project when the first night arrives.

Have You Ever Eaten Snow Cream? - Let Me Know What You Like to Put In Your Treat

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      Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Yes, although it has been many years. We added vanilla and sometimes a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. I've tried mixing in bit of banana, but that was marginally successful. Thanks for reminding me of SnowCream.

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      It is the first time I am hearing about snow cream. Real fun thing to do.

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      casquid 5 years ago

      What a good idea for my Grandkids to try. They are outside playing in snow today.

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Looks interesting! I will have to try this.

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      I've never heard of this before. Very cool.

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      Loganor 5 years ago

      I remember my Mom making this when we were growing up. Way cool.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations on a fun front page feature!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What delightful old time fun, you'll have everyone wishing for snow, its been a slow winter!

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      Yes. My mom used to make me one and now I make it for my children.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Yeah. We make it at camp by putting the milk, sugar and vanilla in a sandwich bag, then putting that small bag into a large gallon bag filled with snow or ice and a spoonfull of rock salt. Seal the bigger bag around the smaller one and shake it a few minutes; smooth and creamy (and cheap...and quick!).

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      JesPiddlin 5 years ago

      I just had a bowl of snow ice cream a couple of nights ago. We made gallons and gallons of it, last year. We are finally eating the last gallon of last year's snow ice cream, now. :( I've never heard it called "snow cream," before. I didn't see where you live, but it must be a location difference that calls it that. In Oklahoma, we call it snow ice cream. The weather man used to give us snow ice cream recipes to try out, when it snowed. Look on facebook for snow ice cream groups to join.

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      Nope! Desert bunny!

      But sure looks and sounds interesting and yummy!

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      jenms lm 5 years ago

      I ate snow ice cream when I was in kindergarten and I still remember it! I'd be curious to try it again, but I leave in the south so I'm not sure when I'll have the chance again!

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      Yes, it's good. We called it snow ice cream. My grandma made it for me when I was a kid. It's a great treat to make with clean, fresh snow.

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      Malu Couttolenc 5 years ago

      Snow cream sounds so yummy! I have to try this idea :)

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      SirKrispy23 5 years ago

      Never even heard of it, but now I'm eager to try it! thanks!

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      nope ... sounds interesting though

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      Is this sanitary? It's like shave ice which is basically ice in the consistency of packed snow with flavored syrup.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Completely new to me. Thanks

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      sherridan 5 years ago

      Sounds good if you live somewhere clean - my kids would love to make it - but not sure I should risk London snow full of pollutants.

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      Shorebirdie 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      No, I've never heard of snow cream. Sounds great!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Sounds great -- I want to run out and make some, but we had hardly any snow in Connecticut this years. Just when I get a great snow recipe --- a no snow year! Great lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this was fun to see, nice write up.

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Nope, but I would like to. My daughter would find it fun.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Very nicely done lens and although I live where the snow gets deep (in Canada) I've never thought of eating it. I'm not sure I will try this recipe, but I will think about it.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Sounds good

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      Robert T Gasperson 6 years ago from South Carolina

      @anonymous: Good Idea. Thanks for the Tip.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We never made snow cream, but I do remember eating the snow by itself as a child. You should add a disclaimer about eating from the first snow fall of the year. That snow cleans all the ugly pollution-type garbage out of the air and trees. Best to wait until the 2nd snowfall when the air is much cleaner. Nice job of explaining how to make snow cream.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      No, but I might. I used to catch snowflakes on my tongue :)