When life gives you snow, make snow ice cream! It is super simple and a fun winter activity for kids especially on a snow day from school! This snow cream is made with simple ingredients I am sure you already have in your pantry.

If it is too cold to go outside how about making marshmallow shooters. My kids LOVE these. If they would rather have more kitchen activities oobleck will keep them busy for hours!
snow ice cream

I think you’ll love this snow cream recipe. It is the perfect inside activity to do when it’s too cold to be outside for very long, and it’s yummy!  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

Milk, sugar, and vanilla will keep the kids busy making this yummy treat.  Snow ice cream 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!

How to make snow ice cream

  • 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

Recipe for Snow Ice Cream

If you have freshly fallen snow this ice cream recipe is for you! This quick and easy recipe will make ice cream out of snow!

snow ice cream recipe
5 from 9 votes

Snow Ice Cream Recipe

Make your own snow ice cream A sweet wintertime activity!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


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


  • 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!


Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 80mg | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Calcium: 69mg
Servings: 1
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Cindy Hopper

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 of 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!

More Kids Activities

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 doing any of these activities.
  • Teach kids math with this wacky cake recipe.
  • Did the groundhog see his shadow? If it did there will be six more weeks of snow.

Today though, let’s take advantage of SNOW and get the kids outside.

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  1. Love this! We are currently on day number 2 being snowed in. I was trying to think of new activities to do with my sons, I found this. They absolutely LOVED this! Tastes really good too! 🙂

  2. Wow, this is so cool. I have never heard of snow ice cream. Well, I do live in Phoenix! haha 🙂

  3. We got fresh snow this weekend. We all loved this fun and delicious recipe. Thanks.

  4. I only ever use evaporated milk, vanilla and sugar …always an awesome treat!may make some tomorrow as we are expecting a fair amount of snow tonight and Saturday

  5. So much fun! Great memories having snow icecream growing up. Now if I can just get it to snow in Texas (:

  6. 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

  7. 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!

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