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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), about 5 minutes, and maybe a few 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 have a sweet treat too. 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!

Snow Ice Cream Recipe | 1-Minute Video


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!

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Snow Ice Cream

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 2-4 servings 1x


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 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 cups clean snow or shaved ice (more or less, depending on the density of the snow)
  • optional topping: sprinkles!


  1. 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.  (The ice cream should be fluffy, not runny.  But it melts quickly, so dive in quickly.)
  2. Top with sprinkles or other ice cream toppings if desired, and enjoy!


*Consume fresh snow at your own risk.

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205 comments on “Snow Ice Cream”

  1. I have made this recipe so many times and I’m in love but I always forget how to do it so I always come back to this website

  2. made a lot, but tasted nice

  3. Very delicious recipe although I recommend adding a little more vanilla than it says to add. Also my ice cream was very runny.

  4. We make this with just condensed milk and vanilla. It turns out yummy!

  5. Can you freeze

  6. Wonderful treat for the great East Texas blizzard of February 15, 2021

  7. Yum! Easy & yum!


  9. mmmmmm that look yummy
    and it must be good

  10. I have had this before it is awesome.

  11. Hello! I’m an 11-year-old and I’m almost 12, (I turn 12 on April 13), and I tried this out because school got canceled due to snow. I’d like to thank you for sharing this with me! All of my family enjoyed it thank you!

  12. Snow ice cream is long ago memories of my grandmother….my friend ask me if I had ever made some for my 14 year old son and I said no….so today we are gathering up some fresh snow…..and it will be delicious…….looking forward to traditions to be continued…….

  13. This was great I loved it

  14. So Yummy!!!!

  15. Double thumbs up and declared “a keeper” from both of my boys!

  16. Using condensed milk is better than using regular milk I think and so does my family but we went by this recipe and loved it!

  17. best ice cream ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Thank you for this! Snow days in March are usually a bummer, so this made the day much brighter. I added a splash of cold coffee to my bowl and now I wish I made more.

  19. I used to visit Mayfield Dairy in Birmingham Alabama .
    They made Snow Cream in the ice cream plant for sale in supermarkets. Is Snow Cream still made commercially in the south?

  20. Great for those with dairy allergies! We make this every chance we get. My son is allergic to dairy but this allows him to eat icecream. Bonus- it’s much cheaper that buying dairy free icecream at the store.

  21. My toddlers and I were HUGE fans. Came together in minutes and was super yummy!

  22. I’m 50 now and growing up this was a treat and bonding with my Dad. Every good snow we’d drag out the biggest bowls and pots, go scrape some snow and make this. I know some folks ask about freezing and no, it really won’t freeze well (though I know people try to just store the snow and I’ve not tried that) but if you get some empty ice trays and fill it up with left over snow ice cream (or this works with home made popsicle things also) then get some rootbeer, cream soda, Coke or whatever. Put the snow ice cream cubes into your root beer and voila, snow ice cream root beer floats.

  23. So I’m printing your recipe out for a great group of Pre-K kids to have handy this weekend. Here in Virginia, we are expected to really get some snow Sunday!

    I remember my mom making homemade ice cream when we were kids. It’s been along time, but I’m ready for it.


  24. I just made this and it’s good. My son wanted to add coloring and I thought to add maraschino cherries with some juice instead. It made it have a nice flavor and everyone liked it.