Snow Ice Cream is a fun Winter treat that's cold, sweet and only comes around a few times a year. Fresh snow is mixed with sweetened condensed milk and a touch of vanilla extract. Top it with some sprinkles for a pop of color!
Snow may be a fairly common occurrence for many in the United States. Here in the South, the Winter precipitation usually comes in the form of ice or a light dusting of snow.
There's not usually enough snow to make a snowball much less a snowman. That's what made a recent snowfall in our area so exciting. We got about 8 inches of snow, so I decided to make snow ice cream.
Our son is 17 and has never tried it. He'll be heading off to college later this year, so this may be the only opportunity he'll have to try this fun Winter treat at home.
You have to be thinking ahead to make snow ice cream. Of course, watch the weather forecast to find out when and if it's going to snow in your area.
Place a couple of large bowls on a table outside, so they can catch the fresh (clean) snow. You can always transfer to the snow to a different container later if needed.
This type of ice cream doesn't require an ice cream maker like our homemade strawberry ice cream. It could be considered "no-churn," but it's not really like pumpkin ice cream, Lucky Charms ice cream, or peppermint ice cream either.
How to make snow ice cream:
Scroll to the recipe card below for full instructions and ingredient amounts!
You'll need about 16 cups of snow or about a gallon. Just eyeball it; the amount doesn't need to be exact.
- Place the snow in a large mixing bowl. Pour in a 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk along with a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- Stir the ingredients, and check the taste and texture of the ice cream. Add more sweetened condensed milk if needed. For this particular recipe, I ended up using 1.5 cans of sweetened condensed milk. Although, when I've made snow ice cream in the past (talking about decades ago) the amount varied.
- Scoop the ice cream into individual serving dishes, top with sprinkles, and serve immediately. This stuff melts fast!
What’s the best way to store leftover snow ice cream?
Snow ice cream is best enjoyed immediately. It can be placed in the freezer, but it will freeze solid like ice.
The consistency will change from its original texture, and many times, it thaws to a liquid.
Can you make snow ice cream without sweetened condensed milk?
Yes, snow ice cream can also be made using evaporated milk, sugar, and vanilla. This Quick and Easy Snow Ice Cream recipe uses those ingredients, and it comes together in minutes.
Another variation is to use any variety of milk, including chocolate or strawberry, with a couple of other ingredients. This Creamy Snow Ice Cream recipe shows how to make it using milk as the liquid.
Why is the ice cream watery?
Snow melts quickly and turns to water. It will have a watery or slushy appearance as the ice cream begins to melt.
Depending on the type of snow (packed, dry, fluffy, etc.), the ice cream will melt faster and have a different texture.
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- 16 cups fresh snow
- 21 ounces sweetened condensed milk, 1 ½ (14 Ounce) cans
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Gather clean snow, and place in a large mixing bowl.16 cups fresh snow
- Pour in sweetened condensed milk (adjust to taste and desired texture), and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.21 ounces sweetened condensed milk1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Top with sprinkles, and divide into individual bowls. Enjoy immediately! Saving and storage is not recommended.