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Snow Ice Cream Recipes

Updated on March 4, 2011

Make and Eat Snow Ice Cream

Snow ice cream is a lot of fun to make, plus it can taste surprisingly good. Here's a collection of snow ice cream recipes, including one that uses the snow to freeze the ice cream rather than as an ingredient.

[photo: ElinorD, Wikipedia]

Using Snow to Freeze Ice Cream

Ok, I admit it... I'm a purist. I consider snow ice cream to be snow that includes ice cream as an ingredient. However, some snow is just not edible. I'm not even talking about 'yellow' snow. It could be the only snow you can get comes from a slushy, gritty pile left by the snowdozer. Please don't eat that! If nasty snow is all you've got, then use this recipe:

1) Fill a large bowl or a gallon freezer bag halfway full of snow.

2) Add 6 tablespoons of salt to the snow. The salt lowers the freezing point of the ice, allowing you to freeze ice cream.

3) Mix together the following ingredients inside a quart-size freezer bag:

1/2 cup half and half

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

4) Squeeze the excess air out of the quart bag and seal it.

5) Place the quart bag inside the gallon bag or bowl, whichever you are using.

6) Squish the bag around until the ice cream inside the quart bag is frozen. Wear gloves or use a dishtowel to protect your hands from frostbite.

7) Remove the quart bag of ice cream, open it up, and enjoy your ice cream.

Snow Machine Snow

Don't make snow ice cream using snow made by a snow machine. Snow machines typically get their water straight from a river or pond. Sometimes biodegradable compounds are added to the snow to help produce the desired quality of snow. The additives are non-toxic, but aren't good to eat.

My Favorite Snow Ice Cream Recipe

The Real Deal

I grew up in central Nebraska, where there were days in the winter when all you had to do was open your door and clean, white snow would practically jump into the bowl to become ice cream. You probably can tell I wasn't that great with a snow shovel. This is my favorite snow ice cream recipe:


  • 8 cups of fresh snow
  • 14 -ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup chocolate syrup


  1. Simply mix the ingredients together and enjoy the snow ice cream! You may omit the chocolate syrup if you don't like chocolate ice cream. Feel free to mix in other flavorings or ingredients.
Cast your vote for Snow Ice Cream Recipe

More Snow Ice Cream Recipes

These recipes start out with the same basic ingredient, a huge bowl of snow (8-12 cups). You just stir in the other ingredients to make the snow.

Vanilla Snow Ice Cream

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup cream or milk

Vanilla Recipe #2

1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Snow Ice Cream

1 cup sugar

1 cup chocolate milk

Quik Chocolate Recipe

1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk

Nestle's Quik, to taste

Strawberry Snow Ice Cream

1 package frozen sliced strawberries, thawed

1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk

1 small package strawberry-flavored gelatin

Helpful Hint

Chill your bowl and your other ingredients before making snow ice cream so that it doesn't melt too quickly.

Pretty Ice Cream Dishes

Snow ice cream is pretty low-tech, but special foods deserve special dishes.

Do you have comments about this lens or additional recipes for making snow ice cream? You're invited to sign my snow ice cream guestbook!

Snow Ice Cream Guestbook

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Interesting recipes, now I have to wait next winter to taste them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great idea to chill the bowl that you put the snow in. I never thought of that. Thanks!

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      GimperBee LM 4 years ago

      Great recipes. Unfortunately we don't get snow in sunny Sydney! Would ice shavings be a substitute for fresh snow?

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      Mommy 4 years ago from The Fabulous Midwest

      My daughter and I made snow ice cream tonight. We had so much fun!

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      hungrygemini 4 years ago

      I haven't get that part but I'll ask my friends about making those things.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      MMMMMMMM... boo hoo.. no snow here in Kuwait!!!!!

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      These Snow Ice Cream Recipes are really great.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Watch out for the Yellow Snow! Don't think I'd try this in the Bronx 8-) Cool Lens (literally).

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      Dusty2 LM 5 years ago

      WoW! Talk about childhood memories. Use to make snow ice cream all the time as a youngster when you didn't have to worry about the snow unless it was yellow. This was a fun and an inexpensive way to enjoy ice cream year round. Thank You for sharing and bringing back some fun memories. (^_^)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cool we've got 5½ inches of snow down here in Watford,Hertfordshire, England. This really helped me. My Kids Love it.

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      meditationhowto1 5 years ago

      Hoping for serious snowfall so I can give this a go now!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      I love snow ice cream. It reminds me of when I was little and mom used to make it for me. ismeedee, you can use an ice shaver to make snow to make the ice cream with.

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      capriht 5 years ago

      Great Read... I wish we had snow too...

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      Alisha Vargas 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      What a cute idea! I've heard mention of snow ice cream, but never knew what it really was.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Oh, I'd forgotten all about Snow Ice Cream. Fun to revisit this easy recipe. Thanks, d

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Oh, if only we had snow :( :(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I grew up in Alabama and have lived in the sunbelt my entire life, so I haven't seen much snow. I do remember it snowing once when I was a little boy and my mother made me snow ice cream. I thought it was the neatest thing in the world!

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      Glenda Motsavage 5 years ago from The Sunshine State (no pun intended) idea! I have heard of using the snow with salt to help freeze homemade ice cream - but never thought about using it as the main ingredient. Thanks so much for sharing, and congrats on the well-deserved Purple Star for creativity!

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      ricber 5 years ago

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      I love ice cream, eat way too much of it. Would love to try this, but we don't get much snow in this part of Alabama, but you can never be sure what the weather will do. Blessed and added to my lens..Squid Angel flinnie.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      One of my really cool elementary teachers taught us how to make snow ice cream. She obviously knew how to win over the hearts of young children. Thanks for the recipes. I'd love to try this again.

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      knitstricken 5 years ago

      This is SnOw cool! :o)

      Thanks for creating this lens!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I'll have to settle for my ice cream machine here in the state of Florida. I would have liked to try these where I grew up in cold country.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      These Snow Ice Cream Recipes are great.

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      DJLARAI 5 years ago

      Very cool!..I have often felt that way about snow..I have other uses for snow..chuckles..but ICE cream...pretty cool..thank you!..good to know..i live in the ft hills of the sierra's and while it's been a reasonably mild winter (so far)..we get some Snow

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      I'd never heard of this, although I live in an area that doesn't get much snow. It sounds like something fun to try, though!

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I've never made snow ice cream, but it looks like it would be fun to make and tasty, too!

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      This sounds good, I would try this recipe when we'll have snow. Thanks!

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      Jennifer Lawyer 5 years ago

      YUM! yum...yum! Makes me thankful for snow in the Midwest...almost! ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Pressure-Cooker: Saw a recipe that used shaved ice instead of snow..

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @hamshi5433: when we know it is going to snow we put out a bowl to catch the snow.

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      hamshi5433 6 years ago

      I would love to try that but it will be very hard for me to find clean eatable snow in my garden!

      The way the lady in the video made it makes me want some ice cream right now! Blessed by a passing angel.

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      Pressure-Cooker 6 years ago

      This sounds like fun. Unfortunately for me I live in South Africa and have never even seen snow, so I will not be able to try it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How interesting! I never heard of it before!

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      I live in the city and up until January this year, I've had a dog. Clean snow is not easy to find.Thanks for the recipe and the ideas.

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      Bella Stella 6 years ago

      It sounds difficult because I cannot find fresh snow that easily... :)

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      harvestmoonbandb 6 years ago

      This does sound like a lot of fun. Thank you for showcasing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a fun lens. Thanks for the tips. We're expecting a lot of snow again here in North Texas tonight.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Instead of the sweetened condensed milk that almost every snow ice cream recipe recommends try using heavy whipping cream...this gives the ice cream a lighter "sweetness" , one that won't overwhelm can also make excellent strawberry snow ice cream by adding a couple of tablespoons of strawberry ice cream topping to the recipe...either way it's all good...the novelty makes whatever the effort results in extra special...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I can't wait to try this - in South Texas we rarely get snow, much less enough to do anything with. This time, we are getting at least a couple inches, so I immediately thought of snow ice cream! And yes, the snow must be an ingredient!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      14" of Snomeggadon demands that snow ice cream be made. A good way to commemorate this historic storm! My grandmother cooked a vanilla custard, cooled it, and then mixed in snow until desired texture was acieved.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i just got a ton of snow and needed ideas for the kids. I came across this and will have to try it out. thanks for sharing

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Likewise I haven't heard of this. And since I live in Hong Kong, I guess I won't be trying it any time soon either.

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      BestRatedStuff 7 years ago

      Never heard of this before, sounds cool. If I ever live where there is enough snow, I think this will be something worth trying.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      we've got some fresh snow today - i think we'll give this a whirl!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 7 years ago

      This is awesome! We just got 16 inches of snow... and now there is something else for us to do with it! Thanks :)

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      livingfrontiers 7 years ago

      Great idea! what a way to make a snow day fun. I am always happy when it snows...

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      momto4 lm 7 years ago

      I love snow ice cream! I used to go over to my grandmothers house every time it snowed so we could make snow ice cream to eat. We always added sliced peaches to ours. Great lens!

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      ChefDavidUnrau 7 years ago

      Fantastic - I will have to try this with my kids.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      My mother used to prepare strawberry and chocolate snow ice cream when I was much younger. I enjoyed this treat so much that I opted to make my own recipe for my kids. They enjoyed it as well. 5*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The Real Deal snow ice cream is exactly what I am looking for! This one will be passed down to Granddaughters for their kids. Will never forget my 1st snow ice cream as a child. Mom, Dad and I all contributed. Don't know if the laughter came from ice cream or vise versa; the ice cream was great and the memories last forever!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      we just got our first snow in Louisiana in well almost 30 years from what I hear.... When I was a kid in Arkansas, Momma used to make snow ice cream for us... now I get to make it with my kids for the first time! I am so excited!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I remember this recipe from when I was a child and we couldn't afford real ice cream.

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      NatureMaven 8 years ago

      I'd say we have the ideal conditions today, December 19, 2009 to make one of your recipes. Thanks!