By: Jennifer Murray

Surviving Snow Days: How to Make Snow Ice Cream

homemade snow ice cream

Indiana was hit with more snow yesterday, followed by very cold temperatures today.  Since making snowmen and sledding in below zero wind chills is out of the question, we’ll probably make another batch of snow ice cream.  

I’m shocked at how many people have never tried Snow Cream (ice cream made from snow) living in the northern US!  This was my husbands first taste of it as well.  If you love homemade ice cream or soft serve ice cream, it will be love at first bite!

Surviving Snow Days Snow Ice Cream


8-10 cups of Fresh Snow (the white kind of course) or a Large Heaping Bowl Full

1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 teaspoon of Vanilla


1. Scoop snow into a large bowl. I know this seems like a large amount, but the other ingredients reduce it down.

2. Pour condensed milk and vanilla over snow and mix well.

3. Serve immediately.

I guarantee it will help you survive your snow day! 😉

If you need another idea, don’t forget you can skip the 20 minute bundling and bring the snow inside to play!

Have you ever tried Snow Cream?


17 Responses to “Surviving Snow Days: How to Make Snow Ice Cream”

  1. Amy
    January 21, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    I think snow cream is more of a southern thing. I grew up in the north and never heard of it until we moved south. I was thinking of making some for my girl tomorrow. We’re getting your cold tomorrow.
    Have fun!

  2. Michelle
    January 21, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    This sounds yummy:) I have never had snow ice cream before. I think we will try it this weekend!!

  3. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect
    January 21, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    You didn’t refreeze it first? I tried to do that, because the snow started melting so quickly. It didn’t exactly work out – it just FROZE my kiddo’s tongue!

  4. Sarah
    January 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    We’re from NC and I grew up with my family making snow cream…but we always did just vanilla flavored like you mentioned.

    A few weeks ago, we had a snow and I found this recipe and it is out of this world! Y’all have got to try it…it seriously tastes like chocolate ice cream.

    3 qts. clean snow
    1 sm. pkg. instant pudding any flavor (I used chocolate)
    2 tsp. vanilla
    2 3/4 c. cold milk
    1 to 1 1/2 c. sugar
    Mix the pudding and sugar with milk and vanilla. Stir in the snow.,1713,158189-228207,00.html

  5. Calonder Crew
    January 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    I have lived in Iowa my entire life and never heard of such a thing! Sounds like something our family will be trying very soon! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. DesignHER Momma
    January 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    I’m digging this. If I can find any clean snow that is…

  7. FireMom
    January 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    I’ve never heard of this either. I’m in love with it. Love.

  8. Jami
    January 23, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    This is great!! 🙂 I’m on the hunt today for other quad mom blogs and so happy I found yours! Your boys are gorgeous! Squeeze them tight, too soon they become teens and tend to be less inclined toward cuddling! *sigh* I miss my “little” guys, but they are still amazing when they get older, just in so many different ways. We have a girl in the mix, though, so I’m not completely cut off from mommy cuddles. =) Bless you all!!!

    • QuatroMama
      January 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

      So, So, glad you found us, Jami! Always so fun to find other quad friends who can relate and teach us the ropes! =) Stay in touch and blessings to your family!

  9. Kate
    January 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    Okay, I grew up in IL, and I’ve never heard of such a thing. Although, I must say, EW! Any sort of precipitation picks up pollutants from the air on the way down. I’ll stick with Haagen Daz 🙂

  10. Kate
    January 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    Love it! Thanks for the recipe. I’d never heard of it before. We’ve made “snow candy” — snow topped w/maple syrup — but hadn’t tried this. Did so on a snow day last week and it was a hit with the whole family. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Dianne Hands
    January 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    I have been a home daycare mom for 32 years and very cold winter days have always been something that gets to the children in my care too. Nothing like lots of nice new snow and way to cold to play in it. That is when I pull out the snow balls and we can play this for hours…Don’t ever throw away those white socks that have lost their mates. I just roll them up and put a few stitches in them so they will stay that way and they go into the snow ball bag. Then on a boring indoor day I pull them out.. and we let them fly.. rules no throwing toward the head or face…we hide and throw them..try to catch them ..juggle name it we try it…to my amazment it never seems to get old…think you could add this to your list of free fun…Love reading about yout boys

    December 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    I remember my grandma would make snow cream when we were little. that was 1965-66. we went to visit them Betsy Layne, Ky. and there was a large snow. she went out for snow and made it, it was so good. I was telling my grand sons about it but I did not know what she put in it. I don’t think that she used sweetened condense milk. she might have used heavy cream and sugar.

  13. Susan Slocter
    February 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    I live in Oklahoma. We used to make snow ice cream after the second snow (cleaner). We just got our second snow today. Going to make some. Yum!

  14. Maria
    January 6, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

    Just looking for a how to on making snow ice cream & came across your blog & realized I have met your boys before. I live in Lafayette and have had them in my Sunday school class and VBS. They are sweet boys! I am a mother of triplets. I will be trying the snow ice cream!


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