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
  • 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!

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

Leave a Comment:


  1. Annie — January 27, 2015 @ 8:32 am (#)

    Getting about 2-3 feet of snow here so I’m glad I found this recipe today!!

  2. Kate — January 27, 2015 @ 8:43 am (#)

    DO NOT eat this!!  Fun to make, dangerous to eat.  I’m a pediatric nurse and everyone, especially little ones, can get serious stomach issues from eating snow.  Even freshly fallen snow, away from city streets is dirty.  Please put a disclaimer that this is not an edible craft!!  

  3. JP — January 27, 2015 @ 10:23 am (#)

    What is the salt for? I don’t see it in the recipe, but it’s in the picture.

  4. Veronica Aylmer — January 27, 2015 @ 11:35 am (#)

    This is a little irresponsible of you. Snow has all kinds of pollutants and bacteria in it, and eating that quantity can get your kids sick. Try this instead and use snow instead of ice for a bacteria-free version: Try this instead :for a bacteria-free version: and use snow instead of ice. You can use regular table salt instead of rock salt, too. Just make sure the kids wear gloves and don’t get the salty snow on their hands = frostbite. 

  5. Kara — January 27, 2015 @ 2:48 pm (#)

    Great post, and one we’ll have to try out later today or tomorrow as we ride out this big storm! For those all hysterical some poor child is bound to get sick blah blah blah- what kid doesn’t eat snow when they go outside to play in the snow? Mine do it ALL the time and no one’s worse for the wear (side note- we DO live in a very rural area). There’s risk in eating the meats and produce we bring into our house, yet still we eat them. I think this is no different. Use some common sense about the snow you use and enjoy yourselves!

  6. Liza — January 27, 2015 @ 4:33 pm (#)

    It’s snow, people! I eat fresh fruit off of trees and vegetables out of the garden, how is snow any worse?? Made this with my son today and he loved it! P.s. I am also a nurse.

  7. Rhonda Warmerdam — January 29, 2015 @ 7:54 pm (#)

    Snow cream is not just something you eat, it’s an experience.  It’s a memory that is carried with you throughout your life.  The day you ate Snowcream.  It’s ice cream but not ice cream.  I hope you really enjoy.

  8. Brit — January 30, 2015 @ 12:51 pm (#)

    My son and I just made this and it came out great! Quick & delicious. Thanks!

  9. Catherine Mom of Three — February 2, 2015 @ 8:18 pm (#)

    OMG People its SNOW!!!! You run a greater risk eating chicken!

    Fun project to do with the kids post New England Blizzard and it tasted just like fresh homemade vanilla bean ice cream! 

  10. Rachel Meeks — February 3, 2015 @ 8:09 am (#)

    We had a big snow fall yesterday ,18″! My cousin shared this recipe just before dinner and I surprised the kids and hubby with it . I replaced the sugar with dark maple syrup and added another tsp. of vanilla after tasting the milk mixture . We all LOVED it ,extra sprinkles of course ;) ! We grew up with sugar on snow here in Vt . and always ended up eating some of the snow after the syrup was all eaten up as well as eating it all the time outside . We never had an issue, in fact it was part of normal childhood . In the city I might be a little wary and I myself would keep it as a treat maybe 2-3 times with fresh fallen snow and not over do it ,but otherwise go for it I say :) !

  11. juanita spencer — February 16, 2015 @ 7:47 am (#)

    I’ve eaten snow cream all my life and i’m just fine.

  12. Carol — February 16, 2015 @ 11:18 am (#)

    Making memories today in Kansas City, thanks to your recipe!  Couldn’t imagine a childhood without catching snowflakes on my tongue, making snow cream, catching frogs with our bare hands, making mud pies, or sharing an ice cream cone with your dog! It’s a miracle I’m still alive-lol. 

  13. Jacqui S — February 16, 2015 @ 1:45 pm (#)

    For those worried about eating fresh fallen snow.  It is ok.  Really.  Smart sciency people who know more about this stuff and most of us have said so. and   

  14. Pamela — February 16, 2015 @ 1:55 pm (#)

    Thanks for the recipe….we have 10+ inches of snow in KY today, my kids will LOVE it!!  Just beware of the “Yellow” snow!!

  15. Jackie — February 16, 2015 @ 2:15 pm (#)

    I see you caught a lot of flack for this recipe. I’m 57 and have been making snow ice cream for my kids and grandkids for over 30 years.  Not once did any of them ever get sick.  It’s fun, it’s yummy and the little ones love to help!!  I imagine those nay sayers wouldn’t drink rain water either.  my, how did our grandparents ever survive??  LOL

  16. wendy — February 17, 2015 @ 9:18 am (#)

    Awww, brings back such wonderful memories!!! I love snow ice cream…ate it all the time as a little girl and now I get to continue that tradition with my girls. We had a slight snow fall today and we have our bowls in the freezer patiently waiting till the end of school to make our first bowl..cannot wait!! (Btw, I ate this many many times as a child and never got sick)

  17. Carol — February 17, 2015 @ 10:04 am (#)

    My daddy made this for me when I was growing up. Living in the deep south, we hardly get snow ever so it was such a treat. I never, ever got sick and I ate a ton of it because it was so good! It is a very special memory making it with my Daddy now that he’s no longer with us and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

  18. Amber — February 17, 2015 @ 1:09 pm (#)

    We added flavored coffee creamer for variety of flavors each time! Kids love chocolate caramel the best!

  19. Bella — February 17, 2015 @ 4:38 pm (#)

    It’s snow. I’m 18 and I’ve been doing it all my life and I’m perfectly fine

  20. Heather — February 18, 2015 @ 12:50 pm (#)

    seriously… You people freaking about eating snow and or snow cream are quite comical! We ate snow cream by the bowlful when I was a kid and we did not get sick, nor did we sprout third eyes or double ears. If you only knew what our precious government and the FDA/USDA etc hides from the American public, I’m sure snow cream would be the least of our worries! 
    As for me and my kids, we are enjoying the first major snowfall we’ve seen in Middle Tennessee in years and you can bet we are enjoying the fire out of snow cream too!!! :) Thanks for sharing your recipe!! 

  21. Ash — February 18, 2015 @ 3:04 pm (#)

    Great idea! My sister and I tried this today, it was great!!

  22. Brenna — February 18, 2015 @ 7:13 pm (#)

    Or for those of us that are dairy sensitive, we replace all kitchen ingredients with maple sugar. Mmm. It’s also a fast alternative to wax on snow (or sugar on snow, however you grew up calling it)

  23. Joshua — February 18, 2015 @ 8:01 pm (#)

    This Was Great! I heard my vice principal of my old school always talking about how she made the best snow cream, well now i know that’s not true!! Lol thanx for the recipe :) I surprised my mom with this today and it just tasted so awesome i had to make another batch. I added another 1/3 cup of sugar, a little more vanilla extract, and 1/2 a cup more whole milk. Second batch was just awesome!!! Great recipe im definitely book marking this page

  24. Olivia — February 19, 2015 @ 6:13 pm (#)

    This is the BEST ice cream in the world! I ate this so much as a kid and I did not get sick, I ate it by the bucket full. I am book marking this page ant telling all of my friends about this! Thank you for this awesome recipe!!!

    #The BEST

  25. Alicia Phillips — February 22, 2015 @ 7:54 am (#)

    Me and my cousins made this yesterday, and instead of vanilla we used strawberry syrup. It was actually very delicious,  and fun to make. We really enjoyed it.

  26. susan harrington — February 24, 2015 @ 6:16 pm (#)

    that was fast and easy

  27. Kk — February 26, 2015 @ 8:49 am (#)

    Omgz! I luv this recipes! It’s so easy and delicious! Thank u so much!

  28. Shirley — February 27, 2015 @ 10:56 am (#)

    I have eaten snow cream for at least 65 years and I am perfectly fine and I have wonderful memories. It is snow NOT bird or swine flu or mad cow disease! Enjoy it and make some memories. If you are still concerned Pray over it first, which is what you should do with everything you eat.

  29. Kim — March 5, 2015 @ 12:19 pm (#)

    Oh, pashaw. The only thing you’re not supposed to do is eat the snow (for water) if you’re stranded in a survival situation because it’ll dangerously lower your body temp. I guess you bitter Bettie’s don’t drink tap or spring water, breathe the air, eat meats/plants/veggies, or exist in reality… because there are pollutants everywhere. If you expect the FDA to be point with standards of safety, you’re missing the boat. I for one, and going to live on the edge – with my kids –  and get outside today and put our 12″ to good use! Thanks for the post that’s still going strong!! 

  30. Taylor gentry — March 5, 2015 @ 1:27 pm (#)

    I love snow ice cream me and my great- grand maw make it all the time in the winter. I understand people being concern making this recipe with snow on street side walks. But if your out in the country it is fine. I mean come on who has not ate snow as a kid. I was always told “if it is brown or yellow leave it be, if it is white then it is clean.”

  31. Tanya — April 18, 2015 @ 3:58 pm (#)

    I’m 41 (and also a pharmacist) and have been making & eating this almost every year year since I can remember. It came from a cookbook that was my great-great grandmother’s. She also ate it almost every year along with almost every family member.  No one got sick or died (just a bit chubby).  The only thing I say to change is to use cream, not milk……way better! 

    • Ali — April 19, 2015 @ 2:32 pm (#)

      Thanks for sharing Tanya! I love hearing about the memories certain foods/recipes conjure up for people. I will definitely try it with cream sometime, when I’m feeling like a real splurge! : )

  32. sam — June 17, 2015 @ 3:40 am (#)

    very elegant and beautiful 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 17, 2015 @ 8:53 am (#)

      Thank you, Sam!

  33. sam — June 17, 2015 @ 3:42 am (#)

    I wonder if my little one can handle this recipe :D she’s into ice cream making alot, even loves ice cream making games like papas freezeria Thanks for the best recipe ever

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 17, 2015 @ 8:53 am (#)

      Sure, we think this would be a great recipe for little ones! : )

  34. Tanya — June 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm (#)

    Thank you, Thank you, Thankyou !  I live in Arizona and it is currently 114 degrees outside !  I have a shaved ice machine and cant wait to have sno cream for dinner !!!!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 18, 2015 @ 10:10 pm (#)

      Oh my goodness, that’s hot! We hope this cools you down!


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