That’S’no Regular Ice Cream: Snow Ice Cream for Kids (and Grown-Ups)

Has anyone made snow ice cream? When I was a kid I remember whenever we’d get a fresh snowfall my Mom would go out first thing in the morning and scoop some up in a bowl before any kids or dogs could “get” to it (no one wants yellow snow ice cream, amiright?); then later that day she would make snow ice cream as a treat for us.

We were late getting any amount of snow here in Nova Scotia this year but then the weather gods made up for it. We’ve had soooo much snow! I think it has snowed about six thousand times (give or take a bit). That, combined with all of our family being sick at some time or another during these storms, meant that today we deserved a treat.

Our back deck is on the second level of the house with no steps to the ground so it hasn’t been touched at all. We decided to take advantage of the three feet of snow to fill up a big bowl of fresh powder and enjoy some snow ice cream after a little winter fun.

Miss M is allergic to milk so she has never had real ice cream and was very excited about this. 


  • Big bowl of fresh, clean snow (about eight cups)

  • 1 cup of milk

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

  • Sweetener optional: sugar, fruit, ice cream sauces

We whisked unsweetened vanilla almond milk (but any kind will work, some prefer canned condensed for the extra sweetness), and a dash of vanilla extract in a big bowl really well. We added the snow a bit at a time and started mixing.

It was really easy to mix in and the vanilla smelled really yummy. Some people add sugar at this point (maybe 1/4 cup or so) but you could add some cinnamon or fruit like blueberries or strawberries at this step if you wanted to keep the sugar content low. If not, sugar, sprinkles and/or chocolate sauce are also some delicious options!

When it was all mixed up we dished it into bowls and dug in. Delicious!

It melts quick though so be sure to have everyone nearby ready to enjoy their bowl!

This would be a great companion activity to reading Ezra Jack Keats’ Caldecott Award winning story, The Snowy Day: “One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see.”

I see this becoming a new family winter tradition – and it gives us all something exciting to look forward to when it snows again!

Have you ever made snow ice cream? Do you use the same recipe?

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