Snow Ice Cream

Learn how to make snow ice cream with this quick and easy snow ice cream recipe!

How To Make Homemade Snow Ice Cream -- in just 5 minutes!

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.

Well, when life gives you snow, I think it’s a “must” that you at least make one batch of snow ice cream.  :)

Especially if you’re a kid.  And especially if you’re an adult.  (Hey, there’s gotta be some reward for shoveling that driveway!)

If you’re never made snow ice cream before, it literally couldn’t be easier.  All you need are 4 simple ingredients (that I’m sure are already in your kitchen), 5 minutes, and some sprinkles to throw on top for extra fun.

I decided to make a batch for a spontaneous snow day Sunday breakfast today.  (Yes, ice cream for breakfast.)  And since I had never shared this favorite on the blog, I just typed out my fastest blog post ever to share it with you before heading to church so that everyone else having a snow day today could take advantage.  And you’ll be happy to know that — since we’re having a healthy eating month on the blog — this healthier version calls for less sugar and milk (instead of cream), and is still full of great flavor!

Happy snow day, friends!


How To Make Homemade Snow Ice Cream -- in just 5 minutes!

First, gather all of your non-snow ingredients:

  • granulated sugar
  • milk (you can use any kind of milk)
  • salt
  • vanilla extract

How To Make Homemade Snow Ice Cream -- in just 5 minutes!

Whisk the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until combined.  Then pop the bowl in the freezer while you run outside to get your snow.Snow Ice Cream 8

For this batch, you need about 8 cups (more or less) of fresh, clean snow.  But since ours was super light and airy, I brought in a little extra.

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Immediately stir the snow into the milk mixture, and keep adding until an ice-cream-ish consistency is achieved.  It should be fluffy and scoop-able, but not runny.

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About like that.

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But it melts really quickly, so dish it up right away.

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And get ready to dive in!

How To Make Homemade Snow Ice Cream -- in just 5 minutes!

You can either eat it just as is…

How To Make Homemade Snow Ice Cream -- in just 5 minutes!

…or add in sprinkles.  Lots and lots of sprinkles.  I vote sprinkles.  :)


*Of course, I must disclaim that you eat snow at your own risk. If you’re worried about pollution, then you can also make this recipe with shaved ice. I went for clean fresh snow. :)

How To Make Homemade Snow Ice Cream -- in just 5 minutes!

Snow Ice Cream

This 5-minute recipe for homemade snow ice cream is a sweet way to celebrate a snow day!


  • 1 cup milk (any kind)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 cups clean snow or shaved ice (more or less depending on the density of the snow)
  • optional (but strongly suggested) topping: sprinkles!!!


In a large bowl, whisk milk, sugar, vanilla and salt together until combined. Go scoop up some fresh (clean!) snow, and immediately stir it into the milk mixture until you reach your desired consistency. Top with sprinkles or other ice cream toppings if desired.

The ice cream should be fluffy and not runny, but it melts quickly, so dive in right away!

*Consume fresh snow at your own risk.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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How To Make Homemade Snow Ice Cream -- in just 5 minutes!

Leave a Comment:


  1. Ari — January 25, 2016 @ 8:19 pm (#)

    I tried this with almond milk as I’m all but vegan, and it was great! My picky roommate even liked it. I’ve been trying to find a good  vegan ice cream and this works great! Thank you for this recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 26th, 2016 @ 8:20 am

      Thanks for sharing Ari, we’re glad you and your roomie enjoyed this! :)

  2. Jenny — February 2, 2016 @ 12:53 pm (#)

    I made lemon flavored snow ice cream.  It was delicious!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 2nd, 2016 @ 4:39 pm

      Oooh we bet that was yummy! We’ll have to try that ourselves! :)

  3. Teresa johnson — February 2, 2016 @ 6:25 pm (#)

    We have about a foot of fresh snow here in Nebraska and it is still snowing and blowing.  My Facebook is loaded with photos and people posting about snow cream.  So I Googled it and find your site very 1st.  I will #GIMMESOMEOVEN you Facebook page.  Hopefully it works as I’ve never done a hashtage before.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 2nd, 2016 @ 9:12 pm

      Oh my goodness, that’s a lot of snow! We hope you enjoy both the snow and the snow ice cream. Thanks for checking out the blog! :D

  4. Alpana — February 8, 2016 @ 4:55 am (#)

    What a brilliant idea…. I tried this in india in not so cold weather yet it came out superb…. Thanks for sharing….

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2016 @ 10:59 am

      Thanks Alpana! :)

  5. Gayle Reinsma — February 24, 2016 @ 12:34 pm (#)

    We are having a ton of snow here!  I am sharing your recipe and suggesting people add Lemon, Orange or Lime Essential Oil :D Edible Essential Oils…(read the label!)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 24th, 2016 @ 6:41 pm

      Yay! We hope you enjoy the snow and the snow ice cream! And mmmm we think that lemon sounds yummy! :)

  6. Julie — March 4, 2016 @ 8:27 am (#)

    Got a similar recipe (no salt) from my mom years and years ago (she called it snow cream).  She grew up very poor and this “ice cream” was quite a treat for her and her sisters.  She made it for our family any time we had snow deep enough to safely collect (without getting dirt, grass, etc.!), and we thought it was great! You’re right…eat it right away, but I have frozen it for a week with decent results.  It’s kind of magical to make ice cream from snow!  Definitely a kid-pleaser.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 4th, 2016 @ 10:43 pm

      Thanks for sharing Julie — we’re glad you appreciate snow ice cream too! :)

  7. Tori — April 4, 2016 @ 4:09 pm (#)

    Ice cream, church and AE milk all in one post? I’m digging it! :D 
    My hubs and I are ice cream gluttons, so we’ll have to try this!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 5th, 2016 @ 9:41 am

      Awesome, we hope you two enjoy it Tori! :)

  8. Edi | SunCakeMom — November 10, 2016 @ 8:14 am (#)

    This is an intriguing idea. I’ve never thought of making ice cream out of snow. I must substitute sugar with something else as we are on a sugar free diet but I will definitely give it a try!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 15th, 2016 @ 8:41 pm

      We hope you enjoy it, Edi! :)

  9. Sap workbook — January 6, 2017 @ 8:14 am (#)

    I’ve made this several times! So good!!!

  10. Dana — January 8, 2017 @ 10:07 am (#)

    We made some snow ice cream the other night with our nephew- loved it! He loved it so much I wrote a post about it and included a link back to your site :) thanks so much!

    Here’s my link if you’re interested..

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2017 @ 1:19 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, Dana — we’re so happy it was a hit! :)

  11. Anonymous — January 9, 2017 @ 7:54 am (#)

    This snow cream tastes exactly like French Vanilla Ice Cream! Perfect for a snow day!

  12. Anonymous — January 9, 2017 @ 7:58 am (#)

    This recipe is perfect for a Snow Day and it doesn’t call for anything special like half-and-half or sweetened and condensed milk, just regular milk. It tastes exactly like French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, totally recommend it!

  13. Claire — February 7, 2017 @ 10:05 am (#)

    We have about 2-3 feet of snow here in British Columbia and I had to jump on this bandwagon 
    I’ll tag it on my Instagram😀😀

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 7th, 2017 @ 11:32 am

      Oh man, that’s a lot of snow! :) We hope you enjoy this!


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