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Delicious and EASY Snow Ice Cream

Posted by  ·  January 12, 2019  ·  Last Updated: January 12, 2019

When life gives you snow make snow ice cream! It is super simple and a fun kids activity especially on a snow day from school! This snow cream is made with simple ingredients I am sure you already have in your pantry.  It is the perfect inside activity to do when it’s too cold to be outside for very long!  Briefly run outside and grab some clean snow and you are ready to go. This is one time kids can eat snow!snow ice cream

Snow Ice Cream

Some milk sugar and vanilla will keep the kids busy making this yummy treat.  Keeping kids busy during the winter months can be challenging. Keep these activities in your back pocket to chase away the blues!  Here are a few more of our favorite boredom busting activities. Kids will love to try making homemade stickers! Did you know you can make your own slime?  I have also shared free sewing sheets (sewing is always great) perfect for teaching kids (or anyone) to sew! Don’t forget to tell a few kids jokes while making . Today though, let’s take advantage of SNOW and get the kids outside.

How to make snow ice cream tips

  • freeze the large bowl you plan to use to gather snow
  • keep the bowl you will be mixing the snow cream in the freezer before you start
  • have all the ingredients ready when bringing the snow indoors, it melts quickly
  • add the milk mixture slowly tasting as you go to get your desired sweetness

Snow Ice Cream Recipe

snow ice cream recipe
5 from 3 votes

Snow Ice Cream Recipe

Make your own snow ice cream A sweet wintertime activity!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade, kids cooking
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 156 kcal
Author Cindy Hopper


  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups snow


  1. In bowl mix powdered sugar, milk and vanilla together. Add in three cups of snow until you reach your desired consistency. Our snow was light an fluffy, but that might not always be the case. Top with sprinkles if you like!
Nutrition Facts
Snow Ice Cream Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 29mg1%
Potassium 80mg2%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Calcium 69mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Snow Ice Cream Tips:

  • Chocolate Snow Ice Cream

Want to make chocolate snow ice cream? How about stirring in a package of hot chocolate mix into this recipe. YUM!

  • Strawberry Snow Cream

If you like strawberry flavored ice cream add 1/4 cup strawberry Nesquick to the above recipe in place of the powdered sugar. You could also try using strawberry flavored syrup (like the Hershey’s chocolate syrup)

  • How about mint chocolate chip?

How about giving my favorite ice cream flavor a try for your next batch.

  • Snow Cream with condensed milk

If you find yourself without powdered sugar and happen to have a can of sweetened condensed milk try making snow ice cream by drizzling the condensed milk and vanilla over the fresh snow. Use about 10 cups of snow with 1 small can condensed milk (not evaporated milk, the thick sweet canned milk). Add in a teaspoon of vanilla to make it taste a bit richer if you like.  Remember it might be necessary to adjust the snow amount. Snow can vary in moisture content. Some times it is dry and others you find it to be wet and moist.

  • Snow Ice Cream made without snow

What if you don’t have snow? You can actually make snow cream without snow.  You will need to use finely crushed ice in place of the snow and blend it together in a blender. 

  • Snow Ice Cream without vanilla

You can make snow ice cream without vanilla extract. It is only in the recipe to add depth of flavor, but I bet your kids will never know…… especially if there are sprinkles.

  • Extra snow cream?

One reason we like the recipe I shared is it makes just enough for a couple servings. However, if you use condensed milk you might have leftovers. Place extra snow cream in a freezer proof container.  The snow ice cream will get really hard once frozen. Microwave for 15 seconds, just enough to soften so it can be scooped out and enjoyed again.


Now that’s an easy way to have homemade ice cream!  If you love frozen treats you might like this homemade snow cone syrup for shaved ice. Delicious!

Filed Under: Kid's Activities, Make, Sweets

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  1. Kate
    Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
    So much fun! Great memories having snow icecream growing up. Now if I can just get it to snow in Texas (:
  2. Monday, January 15th, 2018
    I made this with my kids today and the whole family LOVED it!! Thank you for sharing your simple and easy recipe. Such a fun winter treat
    • Cindy
      Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
      Thanks Whitney! So happy you liked it!
  3. Melissa
    Friday, January 12th, 2018
    Can't wait to try this and we have plenty of snow!!
  4. Laura
    Friday, January 12th, 2018
    Love this recipe and idea. Totally fun for kids.
  5. Stacy
    Friday, January 12th, 2018
    I am so excited to try all of these! Snow ice cream was a winter tradition when I was a little girl growing up in Nebraska!