One of our favorite things about a new snowfall is the prospect of a treat we don’t get to enjoy too often… snow ice cream! This frugal (yet YUMMY) sweet snack can only be made from fresh, clean snow, so you need to make sure you act as soon as the snow accumulates to a nice level.

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First, bundle your little ones up, hand them a food-safe bucket or large mixing bowl, and let ‘em loose in the yard. Tell them to gather as much clean (not walked on) snow as they can and bring the bucket inside.

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You might want to hide the bucket before certain toddlers eat all your fresh, clean snow before you can make your ice cream.

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Then, along with willing helpers, gather your ingredients:

  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar

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Mix the sugar, milk, and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl.

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Once the sugar is dissolved, start adding snow. Keep adding snow until your ice cream is the consistency you like. We like our ice cream scoopable, though we’ve been impatient enough to give up and dig in when it’s been more like soft-serve in the past. Smile This time, though, we persisted…

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… and ended up with some delicious – and pretty – scoops!

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And the toddler-in-residence definitely seemed to prefer the sweetened version to the straight-from-the-outside version!

Have you ever enjoyed snow ice cream? Is your recipe different? Do you have any other ways to celebrate a new snowfall? Leave a comment and share your traditions…

Colleen Kessler

Colleen is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, is a sought-after national speaker and educational consultant, and is the founder of the popular blog and podcast Raising Lifelong Learners, as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of gifted children. She lives in northeast Ohio with her four bright and quirky kiddos, patient husband, and ever-changing collection of small reptiles, mammals, and insects.