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How to Make Ice Cream with Snow

Snow days can be fun but exhausting when the entire family is stuck at home. Treat the kids and yourself with a delicious treat. Step outside and help your family make their own "snow cream", a seasonal homemade ice cream perfect for the freezing weather. Keep the supplies handy and experiment with different flavors to make sure everyone has fun and is satisfied with their very own snowcream!

EditIngredients

EditSimple Vanilla Snowcream

  • 1 cup (250 ml) milk
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 8 cups (2000 ml) of clean snow

EditChocolate Peanut Butter Snowcream

  • ½ cup (125 ml) Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) peanut butter
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) milk or cream
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
  • 8 cups (2000 ml) of clean snow

EditChocolate Peppermint Snowcream

  • 8 cups (2000 ml) of clean snow
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) peppermint extract

EditAmaretto Caramel Snowcream

  • 1 cup (250 ml) white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup (125 ml) thick caramel
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) milk
  • ½ (2.5 ml) salt
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) Amaretto
  • 12 cups (3000 ml) clean fluffy snow

EditCake Batter Snowcream

  • ½ cup (125 ml) sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) yellow cake mix
  • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) cake flavored vodka
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) milk
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
  • 8 cups (2000 ml) clean, fluffy snow

EditSteps

EditMaking Simple Vanilla SnowCream

  1. Prepare your ingredients. Gather the following flavor ingredients. Chill them in a refrigerator or covered outdoors if you live in a sub-zero climate so the snow does not melt.[1]
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    • 1 cup (250 ml) milk
    • ⅓ cup (80 ml) granulated sugar
    • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
    • 1 pinch of salt
  2. Whisk the milk, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt together. Using a large bowl, pour the four ingredients together and mix. Make sure the bowl is large enough and made of light plastic to minimize any heat transfer.[2]
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  3. Mix in the snow. Gather about 8 cups (half a gallon) of fresh snow and mix it in immediately with the vanilla mixture. Time is crucial as you do not want the snow to melt. Mix until you have your desired consistency of ice cream and add any toppings of your choice like sprinkles or cherries.[3]
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    • The ice cream should typically be fluffy and not runny.
    • Make sure you inspect the snow thoroughly as you don’t want any debris.

EditMaking Chocolate Peanut Butter Snowcream

  1. Prepare your ingredients. Using a large mixing bowl, mix together the following 4 ingredients. You may also substitute any chocolate syrup for a brand that you prefer.[4]
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    • ½ cup (125 ml) Chocolate syrup
    • ¼ cup (60 ml) peanut butter
    • ¼ cup (60 ml) milk or cream
    • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
  2. Mix in the snow. Gather about 8 cups (half a gallon) of fresh snow and mix it in immediately with the peanut butter mixture. Time is crucial as you do not want the snow to melt. Mix until you have your desired consistency of ice cream.
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  3. Top with your favorite ice cream toppings. Whether you enjoy peanut butter bar chunks or sprinkles, add whatever you desire.[5]
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  4. Cover and freeze for an hour. The ice cream may be fairly soft. After you have mixed everything together, cover your ice cream and place it in the freezer or outside if it is freezing temperature. This will give you a harder consistency.[6]
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EditMaking Chocolate Peppermint Snowcream

  1. Prepare your ingredients. Using a large mixing bowl, mix together the following 3 ingredients. You may also substitute mint or raspberry for the peppermint extract.[7]
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    • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
    • ¼ cup (60 ml) unsweetened cocoa powder
    • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) peppermint extract
  2. Mix in the snow. Gather about 8 cups (half a gallon) of fresh snow and mix it in immediately with the chocolate mixture. Time is crucial as you do not want the snow to melt. Mix until you have your desired consistency of ice cream.
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  3. Top with your favorite ice cream toppings. Whether you enjoy peanuts or cherries, add whatever you desire.[8]
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  4. Place a lid over the ice cream and freeze. It may take over an hour for the ice cream to freeze once you've mixed everything together. Be sure to use a lid to cover your ice cream before placing it in your freezer or outside in the freezing temperature.[9]
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EditMaking Amaretto Caramel Snowcream

  1. Prepare your ingredients. Using a microwave safe mixing bowl, mix together the following 4 ingredients and microwave at half power for 30 seconds. Stir the mixture and microwave again for another 30 seconds. Repeat the process until the mixture and smooth then set it aside to cool.[10]
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    • 1 cup (250 ml) white chocolate chips
    • ½ cup (125 ml) thick caramel
    • ⅓ cup (80 ml) milk
    • ½ (2.5 ml) salt
  2. Create a caramel alternative. If you don’t have caramel, mix ¼ cup brown sugar, ⅛ cup half and half cream, 1 tbsp butter, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Gently whisk for 5-7 minutes as you cook or until you get your desired thickness. Add ¼ tbsp vanilla and cook for another minute to increase the thickness then turn off the burner and let the mixture cool in a covered container.[11]
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  3. Mix in the snow and Amaretto. Gather about 8 cups (half a gallon) of fresh snow and mix it in immediately with the caramel mixture along with ¼ cup (60 ml) Amaretto. You may also substitute the Amaretto with any liqueur or omit completely. Time is crucial as you do not want the snow to melt. Mix until you have your desired consistency of ice cream.
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  4. Top with your favorite ice cream toppings. Whether you enjoy chocolate chips or roasted almonds, add whatever you desire.[12]
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  5. Freeze to the desired consistency. Once everything has been mixed together, the ice cream may be fairly soft. Simply place the ice cream in a freezer or outside and let it sit in a covered container until it hardens to your preferred consistency.[13]
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EditMaking Cake Batter Snowcream

  1. Prepare your ingredients. Using a large mixing bowl, mix together the following 5 ingredients. You may also substitute any flavor of cake mix or vodka. You may also completely omit the vodka and add additional milk.[14]
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    • ½ cup (125 ml) sweetened condensed milk
    • ¼ cup (60 ml) yellow cake mix
    • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) cake flavored vodka
    • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) milk
    • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
  2. Mix in the snow. Gather about 8 cups (half a gallon) of fresh snow and mix it in immediately with the cake batter mixture. Time is crucial as you do not want the snow to melt. Mix until you have your desired consistency of ice cream.
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  3. Top with your favorite ice cream toppings. Whether you enjoy peanuts or cherries, add whatever you desire.[15]
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  4. Freeze in a covered container. Cover the ice cream once mixed and place it in outside or your freezer as it may be fairly soft. The longer you freeze, the harder consistency.[16]
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EditTips

  • Using a well beaten raw egg adds greater color, nutrition and flavor.
  • If you plan to do this indoors, use gallon size freezer bags to store any excess. Freezer bags work well because they are thicker and less likely to develop small holes that will cause the bags to leak.
  • Instead of milk, you may also add eggnog. Instead of vanilla you could try cinnamon, butterscotch flavoring, or almond flavoring.
  • If you don't have snow in your area or you're afraid the available snow isn't fresh or clean, substitute finely shaved ice. Don't overwork the blender and use a shaved ice machine if you have one available.
  • To find safe snow, be sure to look for fresh, white powder. It should generally be more than a light dusting on the ground so it doesn't infuse with dirt. If there are footprints nearby, try to avoid that area and look for a section of clean, untouched snow.
  • If you are putting your mixture outside to freeze, make sure to put a towel over the top to keep animals and excess snow from going into your frozen treat.

EditWarnings

  • If salmonella is a possibility in your area, do not eat raw eggs, and do not feed them to children. Cooked custards also work well for ice creams.
  • Only use fresh, clean snow. If the snow has been sitting for some time or is any color other than white, don't use it. Eating old, dirty snow can make you sick.
  • Salt-ice mixtures are hazardous.
    • They are very cold, down to about 14°F (-10°C), while still soggy! Don't let children handle them. Wear gloves and handle the mixture with utensils or through a bag.
    • They conduct electricity very well. Wash them off your hands.
    • They can cause electrolytic corrosion, rusting even ordinarily stainless metals in a matter of hours - especially aluminum. Rinse them away promptly, with plenty of water to get them out of a sink and garbage disposal.

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