How to Make Snow Ice Cream

Updated on March 16, 2016

Snow Ice Cream

Bowl of snow ready to be mixed into snow ice cream
Bowl of snow ready to be mixed into snow ice cream

Delicious Treat

Newly fallen snow can be not only beautiful to look at, but a delicious treat as well. Snow ice cream is a traditional winter dessert made when there is heavy enough snow fall.

Ice cream can be made from snow using a few simple ingredients. Find out how to safely gather the snowand then mix up a batch of snow ice cream in less than 20 minutes.

When you are stuck inside during a snowstorm, why not whip up some snow ice cream to pass the time and fill your belly?

Getting fresh snow
Getting fresh snow | Source

Gathering the Snow

The fresher the snow, the better. The less time the snow has been sitting means that it has had less chance of getting contaminated. Remember the old adage - avoid yellow snow.

Also, don't eat the snow from the first snowfall of the season. Snow cleans the atmosphere as it comes down. The first snowfall has collected all the dirt particles that have been hanging around in the air.

If it is still snowing, you can place a large bowl on your porch to collect the snow as it falls.

If it has stopped snowing, or you didn't think that far ahead, you can gather the snow that has already fallen. Make sure the snow is deep enough that you can gather it without gathering dirt as well. Typically, you need about half a foot of snow or more to have enough clean snow to make the ice cream.

To gather the snow, get a big bowl or bucket and a spoon or scoop. Try to find snow on top of cars or on porch rails. Avoid high traffic areas and places where someone may have walked. Fill the bowl and bring the snow inside to mix the other ingredients.

How to Make Snow Ice Cream

Making Snow Ice Cream

Approximate prep time: 20 minutes

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  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavoring
  • Approximately 1 gallon of snow
  • 2 cups of milk, (condensed milk may be substituted)
  • 1 egg
  • Any other flavors or toppings desired
Fresh snow ice cream
Fresh snow ice cream | Source


  1. Add the sugar, vanilla flavoring, and milk together in a large bowl. Stir the ingredients until well mixed.
  2. Begin adding the snow slowly making sure it is mixed thoroughly with the other ingredients. A blender works best for this process, but mixing by hand can also do the job.
  3. More sugar can be added to taste. Sweetened condensed milk can be substituted for a creamier taste as well.
  4. Adding a raw egg will also give it more flavor and is the way that snow cream was traditionally made. But raw eggs can carry salmonella, so keep that in mind if you decide to add it in. My family always added eggs and none of us ever got sick from it.
  5. When the desired texture is reached, the ice cream is ready to eat. It can be refrigerated or frozen for awhile if it has become too melted indoors.
  6. For added flavor, substitute chocolate milk or even eggnog for regular milk. You can also use use almond flavoring. Or add in chocolate chips, nuts, or cinnamon. Fresh fruit can also be delicious. Caramel syrup and sprinkles can be fun toppings.

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        Susan McLeish 4 years ago from Rindge, NH

        I just had some snow ice cream but it was topped off with fresh maple syrup. Great hub and a fantastic dessert recipe.

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        trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana


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        oldiesmusic 4 years ago from United States

        I've never seen a snow ice cream (most of all eaten it) in my entire life. Really interesting... I'd say that's the best way to get rid of too much snow in and around your home. I'd like that with a chocolate syrup. Voted up and interesting.

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        Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

        ishwaryaa22 - Thank you! I hope you get the chance to try snow cream one day.

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        Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

        "I've never even heard of it! This is amazing!" is what I voted for in your poll. Your easy-to-follow instructions and engaging video will make anyone like to try this novel recipe idea. Well-done!

        Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared

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        Candace Bacon 6 years ago from Far, far away

        Silja Paulus - Fun idea for a winter's day stuck inside. Thanks!

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        Silja Paulus 6 years ago from Bristol, United Kingdom

        What a cool idea to use snow in ice cream. Must try!

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        Carla(: 6 years ago

        I have never eating this, but it sounds good(:

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        0n 7 years ago

        it is awsome

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        Candace Bacon 7 years ago from Far, far away

        I live in East Tennessee too. We only got an inch or two of accumulation, so no snow cream yet.

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        woodsywild11 7 years ago from East Tennessee

        Just snowed today here in East Tennessee. I'm so happy to see the snow. I am planning to make some snow cream today. Yummy!

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        Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

        Just remember to not eat the yellow snow. thanks for a great hub.

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        naturelover64 7 years ago

        wow! have never heard of snow icecream. Seems very interesting!

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        Candace Bacon 8 years ago from Far, far away

        This has been a record breaking year for snow in many places. At least it has given many a chance to experience snow cream for the first time.

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        Yvette 8 years ago

        This is the most snow that Dallas, Texas has ever seen. I'm from Louisiana and I remember having snow ice cream as a child. It was the best! My boys are 15 and 18. Glad I finally got a chance to share this with them.


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        Candace Bacon 8 years ago from Far, far away

        I've gotten more snow today here in Tennessee, too. It's definitely been a good season to perfect snow cream!

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        Renee S 8 years ago from Virginia

        Snow? I got snow here on the eastcoast, U.S.A.! This sounds like fun.

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        The Rope 8 years ago from SE US

        One of my FAVORITE memories - snow icecream. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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        Candace Bacon 8 years ago from Far, far away

        Last night we had a big snowstorm where I live. Perfect for snow ice cream.

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        Lisa 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

        This is interesting,i've never heard of making snow ice cream.I might have to try that.Just don't eat the yellow snow! :)

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        Daddy Paul 8 years ago from Michigan

        I have not had this in years. It's great!