Saturday, January 22, 2011

Snow Ice Cream

In many parts of the country at the moment, there's no dearth of snow.

While it may be fun for children, it's not often fun for adults.
It's cold. It's inconvenient. It's messy. It's tracked into houses.
But, really, it's not that bad.

As long as you don't have to go anywhere, it's pretty, pleasant and cozy.
At our house (a forever long time ago) we used to make snow ice cream.
Not everyone will be familiar with it, so I thought I would share it with you. I know, it's not going to be appropriate for all of you, but it's a nice project for kids.

It's fairly simple to make, and it's likely that if you bake, you'll already have everything you need (provided there's fresh, clean snow in the yard).

Of course, it's best to use freshly fallen snow... snow that's away from the driveway, road, or anywhere that dogs or woodland friends might have trod for one reason or another.
I admit, I probably should have posted this earlier.

I was luckily (after a long search... no, more like a long treasure hunt) able to find what I needed in the pantry. However, there was an avalanche or two of precipitously placed canned goods, as well as the mistaken identity of one can for another (mushrooms and tropical fruit salad were trying to pose as condensed milk). I also found jars of curry and Cuban simmering sauce which may be good for another day. The things you find in the pantry!

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Back to ice cream...
It's been a while since I owned a snow suit or moon boots, and since the snow is about 8 inches high and I'm not a fan of snow in my shoes or anywhere near my ankles, I threw on thick wool socks and my wellies before I trod out into the bleak yet bright winter to collect the frozen whiteness I needed.

Depending on who happens to be the snow-gatherer at your house, supervision might be recommended.
To me, it tastes like custard (probably the condensed milk)- like a frozen crème brûlée with little ice crystals!

Snow Ice Cream
serves at least 5

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 c evaporated milk
1 t vanilla extract
Fresh snow!

In a large bowl combine the condensed milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla, and stir until well combined. Gradually beat in enough snow until the ice cream is of a desired consistency.


  1. O Happy Day!
    If you can time this just right---it is great!

  2. What a coincidence, Natalie! A friend from Georgia (ha - that's irony for ya!) sent a similar recipe for "snow creme" our way last week. I was only too happy to have the snow around to give this recipe a whirl and oh! yum. It was great.

    The consensus around here was that it tasted like:

    a Coolata from Dunkin Donuts (to die for, fyi)
    homemade ice cream
    sweetened condensed milk

    Someone has no imagination...

  3. I love the picture of the kitchen spoon in the snow...