Snow Ice Cream

January 5, 2014 by Ali

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 of snow, more or less. 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, 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

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: About 2-4 servings


  • 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!

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

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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74 thoughts on “Snow Ice Cream

  1. Love it!

    - Cass

  2. We drink our rainwater, so I don’t fear pollutants where I am. Made this with whipping cream, and it was delicious! I froze the extra, and ate it the next day. To my surprise the texture was more like ice cream! We’ll definitely be making this again. Thank you!

    - Jan

  3. Ummmmmmm Your NOT suppose to eat snow. Do you know many pollutants are in that snow?! DO NOT EAT IT!!

    - sarah

  4. Perfect and just what we needed on this 2nd day of snow. My mom used to make snow cream, but I couldn’t remember the specifics. Thank you!

    - Dede

  5. What a lovely recipe! I was all out of milk so I used heavy whipping cream and used coconut sugar instead of white sugar and it came out great! My 3 year old gobbled it up! Thanks for sharing! :)

    - Hajer

  6. Perfect for the Snowpocalypse we’re having out in the Northeast today!

    - Nancy

  7. I am off to try this right now! We just got some snow in NC and I had to find a recipe for snow cream. We never made it where I am from (Ohio)–looks and sounds good!

    - Emily

  8. In the midst of a crazy Portland, OR snowstorm, this simple and delicious recipe just became a new tradition for our little family. Thank you! :)

    - Christie

  9. Very cool, but……..AE Milk! you must live in my home town. (Des Moines, Iowa) I have not thought about Anderson Erickson in YEARS. I am old enough(50)to remember (barely!)home delivery in glass milk bottles from AE.

    - Freddy

    • My husband is from Oskaloosa Iowa originally and swears by AE :) I must admit…their chocolate milk is outta this world! Also, I love the hyvee brand vanilla haha. Only the midwest-ians (new word perhaps) know about hyvee

      - Amanda Edgington

  10. I just made it for my family and they loved it! This is the best ice cream I have ever made.

    - Elizabeth

  11. It’s snowing here in Iowa… Again!!! Hubby is out of town! I think Snow Ice Cream is totally in order for the kids and I! Thanks Ali and Pinterest!

    - Mary B

  12. Just made our very first batch of snow ice cream. Substituted half & half for the milk and added a little extra vanilla. The whole family now has a new favorite wintertime treat! Tasted exactly like homemade vanilla ice cream! Thank you Ali!

    - Shelley

    • Our family loves peppermint ice cream so I modified the recipe. I substituted half and half as well. I also added strong peppermint tea to the half and half totaling one cup of liquid. Then used peppermint sprinkles on top.

      - Lisa Ammann

  13. :-O Now I wish it snowed in Cali. This is so cool. Reminds me of something my Canadian friend showed me in Montreal when it snowed.

    - Angela

  14. loved it never know you could make ice cream from snow but it was the best

    - VaBeaCH

  15. That’s so awesome

    - Sierra

  16. After getting hit with a heavy winter blast and wondering what to do with all of this snow~I came across your *snow ice cream* recipe, made it, … with lots of purple and blue sprinkles and my daughter and I LOVED it! Thanks for posting this :) we’ll make it again and again!

    - Stormy

  17. This sounds interesting but I would never use snow from outside, that is probably one of the dirtiest things. I guess going the shaved ice route would be the one to go. Most people don’t know but even though snow appears to be clean it contains so much bacteria and you can get quite sick from eating it.

    - SDCourt

    • Born and raised in Wyoming and been eating snow since I was 3 years old. Never gotten sick from it, and people consume a lot of food everyday that has a lot more bacteria in it than snow. As long as you aren’t eating snow that’s been a high traffic area for animals, or been walked through…you’ll be just fine :)

      - Wyogirl

  18. *This* Georgia girl is excited to try this with my two small kids. We have a light, fluffy coat of snow outside. I set out a deep casserole dish a few hours ago, and we’ll whip up a batch after our homemade pita pizzas this evening. Blending some berries and spinach (shhh!) to add to the ice cream with the Vitamix. Thanks for the recipe! :)

    - Barbara

  19. It looks like mashed potatoes with sprinkles!

    - Jess

  20. This is SUCH a fun recipe :) I love it!

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  21. thx well i am a kid and we have been getting a lot of snow latly and i love ice cream and when i found this well i know what i am going to do when my mom gets home

    - dee

  22. There’s bugs in snow. I did an experiment in class when I was younger, we brought fresh snow inside and waited for it to melt and it was full of little tiny bugs that you could barely see. Doesn’t matter if the Snow is fresh, there’s still stuff in it. I would definitely try this with shaved ice though.

    - Jessica

  23. Living in Western Australia, we don’t have snow. However, this is too awesome to not make. I will be making this as a treat for my kids today using the shaved ice! Will let you know how it goes!!!

    - Sallyann Silver

  24. I grew up on snow cream but we always waited until the second snow (it was cleaner we thought). Ha!

    - Patti

  25. Fresh snow or not, you shouldn’t eat snow it’s dirty lol just get shredded ice

    - Cara

  26. Thanks for the great idea! We made this on Monday and it was a big hit here. I am actually going to share a link on my blog on Friday! Hope you are staying warm there!

    - Kristi

  27. Eating this is my favorite memory of first grade! So excited to find out how to do it as an adult :)

    - Sadye

  28. This is so clever! Glowing up in Alaska, we just put some birch syrup on it and called it good…but I think this is definitely more ice cream like :)

    - Katie @ Produce on Parade

  29. We made this ALL the time as kids!! Now I’m wishing for some fresh snow so I could have a little treat!!

    - Deborah

  30. Do NOT feed this to your children!No matter how clean snow looks, as it falls from the sky it collects all kinds of pollutants that could make them sick! Its no different than collecting a glass of rain water and drinking it.

    - Taylort

  31. What a fun idea! We’ve had so much of the white stuff lately…I’m totally going to try this the next time we get a fresh snowfall!

    - Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

  32. Made it and we love it! Thanks for the fun recipe!

    - Christine

  33. Thank you for this post! I saw it yesterday and immediately made snow ice cream with my 2-year old. It tastes like slushy vanilla ice cream. She loved it! Great idea.

    - Jennie


    - KAY

  35. This sounds delicious and fun but I’ve never heard of it. Is it safe to eat the snow? I have heard that it may be full of toxins or pollution. Not sure… anyone know?

    - Irene

  36. SO cool!! I have tons of snow here, so this will be happening!

    - Tieghan

  37. delicious! want to try chai-flavored next!!!

    - theresa

  38. *POOF* Mind.Blown.

    - Mimi @ Culinary Couture

  39. How much fun is this?! Our NYC snow is downright nasty at this point, but I’ll be armed with this recipe next time we get a blast. Thanks for this adorable post.

    - jenn from much to my delight

  40. This is a great idea. Thank you for sharing… Does it really taste like ice cream? Thank you, again. Happy New Year

    - Kim W.

  41. How fun! My kids will love this idea! Thanks, Ali!

    - Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet

  42. Ever since I’ve wanted to do this, we’ve had no snow! Love the sprinkles.

    - Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

  43. What a genius idea! This looks like the most adorable ice-cream ever, and the sprinkles you used are super cute ; )

    - Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

  44. PINNED!

    - dana

  45. I love snow cream. I make mine with a can of condensed milk and snow. Sooo good! Wished it snowed more here in Tennessee!!

    - Jodi

    • I used 2 cans of evaporated milk and made a double batch. The richness of the evap milk really made it taste like homemade ice cream!

      - Krista

  46. Snow ice cream is always on our list of things to make on a snowy day! Beautiful photos!

    - Caitlin