I have a love/hate relationship with snow. I hate driving in it, I hate cleaning it up. But I do love a snow day, and I do love making snow day ice cream with my kids. This is one of our favorite traditions and we have shared this with a lot of our friends who have now made it a tradition in their homes as well.
My dad sent me this recipe about four years ago. When I told my husband that the kids and I were going to make ice cream using snow, he was pretty skeeved out. I realize that snow isn’t the cleanest thing in the world, but it’s not going to kill you. He quickly changed his tune once he actually tried it. In fact, he immediately went out and bought more supplies– he was OBSESSED.
For this recipe, you are going to need 8 cups of snow. If you want to play it safe, you can put out a bowl and have the snow go directly from the sky to your bowl. We just head right out with measuring cups and get the cleanest snow we can find (obviously no yellow snow!) I look for snow that hasn’t touched the ground or grass. This really works best with bigger storms for that reason.
This is going to look like A LOT of snow, but it will melt a bit once you start mixing. Mix in one can of sweetened condensed milk and 1 tsp. of vanilla extract. Mix well. I like to use either a wooden spoon or whisk for this to make sure it’s all combined well.
Once it’s mixed, it will look like this:
Serve this with your favorite toppings, of course! It’s ice cream after all. Any unused ice cream can be stored in the freezer in an airtight container.
- 8 cups ice cream
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Combine and enjoy!