Got Snow? Make Snow Cream!

Snow Ice Cream from Serving Joyfully

I know some of us are still getting some winter weather, so I wanted to share this recipe. I shared it on my facebook page a couple of months ago and received some criticism for allowing my kids to eat snow. So, I’ll just go ahead and confess that I have 2 little boys who were quite fast as toddlers and I learned to loosen up a little. Snow is definitely not the worst thing they’ve ever had in their mouths, I’ll just put it that way.

Now, on to the recipe. When I was a little girl, this was a great treat for us and my mom made it with a touch of vanilla, evaporated milk, and sugar.

When we got our first good snow as parents and I went to make this for my son, I learned a couple of things. First, I learned that I had no sugar in my cabinets!? As an avid baker who usually has a couple extra bags of sugar, I still can’t believe that happened, but it did. So, I decided that milk + sugar…sweetened condensed milk should work, right? And I had that, so that’s what I used. But, a lot of people use milk and sugar, so if you have that instead–go for it.

I also learned that not everyone experiences snow cream as a child. My hubby had no clue what I was talking about and I was glad to rectify that quickly!

So, here is the recipe:

Snow Cream Recipe

12-14 cups snow (I fill up a 14 cup mixing bowl that I have)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
Additional flavors as desired

Combine everything in a large bowl. Stir (and stir, and stir, and stir), until everything is all mixed up. After I took this picture, I stirred some chocolate into mine. It is soooo yummy!

And, some pictures of us enjoying ours. My 6 year old thought it would be fun for me to take a picture mid-bite.

snow cream

And, this one shows how enjoyable that bite was!

Snow Cream

Even daddy enjoyed it, finally realizing what he’d missed out on all those years…haha.

(Side note: he’s growing his hair out for the role of Jesus for our church’s passion play! Pretty cool, huh?)

Snow Cream



  1. says

    Oh I wish we could have snow cream, but on the rare years that we get snow it’s simply not enough to make something with it. :) However, I enjoy looking at everyone’s pictures of snow! I’m with you, snow is the least of my worries of what my children have put in their mouths. Thanks for sharing!

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Yes, we have that too-little-snow problem a lot of years as well. This year and last year we did have a couple of good snows though. I know a lot of people hate it, but I’ve always loved snow!

  2. says

    We love snow cream. And that works well for us, since we’ve received almost 3 feet of snow in the last two weeks (with more on the way tomorrow!) It’s essentially free dessert, delivered right to our door. Which is great in northern New England, where winter pretty much lasts 5-6 months (at least, it feels like it). :D

    Thanks for sharing your recipe, Crystal. We just use milk & sugar but I’ll try to remember a can of sweetened condensed milk next time I’m at the store.

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