It snowed a lot over the last couple of days. When we get a lot of snow, we try to find fun things to do with the snow that we might not be able to do otherwise. .
Last week during story time at our local library, the librarian read a book that mentioned making ice cream out of snow. My 6-year-old immediately wanted to try it. So I told him that the next time we got a big snow, we would make our own.
In the last few days, we’ve had over a foot of snow, so we decided that now was the time.
First, I sent my 6-year-old outside to fill our biggest bowl with snow. While we usually try to avoid using plastic for anything related to food, this bowl had the advantage of being unlikely to shatter if anyone slipped in the snow. It seemed a good compromise, especially since we wouldn’t be putting anything hot inside it.
After he gathered the bowl full of snow, we added about a cup of milk and a few tablespoons of maple syrup. We mixed them together with a wooden spoon, adding a bit more milk until we got the texture how we wanted it. We used raw, grassfed cows milk that we obtain from a local dairy. Raw cream would have really made it an amazing treat (and also lowered the glycemic index), but since our dairy doesn’t sell cream we made due with milk. If we didn’t have any milk — or we wanted to make it dairy free, nutmilk or coconut milk would have been a great substitute.
Then we served up big bowls and ate until we were all too cold to eat any more. The remainder got poured into ice pop molds to eat another day.
Snow Ice Cream Recipe
6-8 cups clean snow (depending on how fluffy your snow is)
1 cup milk of choice
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Fill your bowl with snow. Add maple syrup. Slowly add milk, stirring as you add it. The snow will condense considerably as you add the liquid ingredients and stir, but ours didn’t condense quite as much as I anticipated (that’s how we all ended up with big bowls). Keep adding milk and stirring until you get your desired consistency.
Serve immediately. If you wait long enough to try to take a picture, the ice cream will be partially melted before you return with the camera (assuming your camera is inside a bag in the closet, like mine was).
You can read about other fun things to do in the snow HERE.