How to Make Snow Ice Cream (Recipe)

Once every three to five years we luck out and get snow where we live in the south. When it happens, we have to make snow ice cream. Below are the quick steps to make your own delicious dessert out of snow.

A bowl of snow ice cream made from sweetened condensed milk recipe

Step 1: Collect the Snow

The easiest way to collect the snow is to lay out cookie sheets or large bowls while it is still snowing. This ensures you don’t get any dirt or other debris from the ground in your bowl while scooping up your snow.

If you didn’t think to set out something to collect the snow, carefully scoop up your snow using your hands and place it into a large mixing bowl.

You’ll need 8-10 cups of snow to make the ice cream. We honestly never measure. We just make sure we have enough to fill the mixing bowl about halfway up.

Tip: Before going out to collect your snow, put your bowl in the freezer (or out in the snow) long enough to make it frosty.

Step 2: Gather Your Other Supplies

Next you’ll need to gather two other ingredients: one teaspoon of vanilla and one can of sweetened condensed milk.

If you don’t have sweetened condensed milk on hand, you can also use milk and sugar. But the condensed milk doesn’t melt your snow while mixing.

Snow ice cream recipe supplies using sweetened condensed milk

Step 3: Mix Your Ingredients

In your mixing bowl with snow, pour in the vanilla. Then slowly drizzle about 1/4 of the sweetened condensed milk on top of the snow mixture. Begin stirring the mixture. It will start to get thick, like ice cream. If it isn’t as thick, or as sweet, as you would like, continue to add additional sweetened condensed milk until it reaches the consistency and taste you desire.

Mixing snow ice cream tip using sweetened condensed milk

Step 4: Serve and Enjoy (Fresh)

Once your ice cream is ready, gather everyone around to share a bowl. We have found snow ice cream is the best when it is fresh, but it doesn’t keep well in the freezer.

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Recipe for Snow Ice Cream with Sweetened Condensed Milk