Snow Ice Cream

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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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  1. This recipe is awesome for vanilla extract, though it doesn’t work well for peppermint. I do not recommend using peppermint extract.

  2. I’m shocked, stunned, and delighted. Schools closed snow day… and this recipe had regular milk. I thought it would be gross… the whole thought of snow-cream was gross. It was great and 10 kids LOVED it and want to do it again tomorrow. I wasn’t even sure if it was mixed well… but it really was yummy and delightful. Winner!

    • Really, I do LOVE IT btw! I’ll make this over, and over, and OVER AGAIN just to keep my belly satisfied! Rjday, the moral for this story is try new things, and MAYBE you will like them! ( some 10 kids might too!)

    • This was great!!! We absolutely loved it

  3. Gonna try it out for my very first time ever and I’m so super excited. And yes we will be using clean snow!!!!! I mean why not!!!!! Lol. Thanks for posting your quick and easy snow ice cream recipe. Can’t wait to dive right in, lol.

  4. Hi Ali, All my family loved it.Thx for the option

  5. how much of mk and sugar do I need like a cup or 2 or table spoons?

  6. So delicious 😋, treat yourself or your family 👪

  7. Delicious!!! Added chocolate chips and mint extract… Mnnnn!!!

  8. We were out of vanilla, so we used almond extract. Yummy!

    • Karly, and Ashlyn, it says 1 cup. Getting ready to try this.
      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!

  9. Best snow ice cream recipe! I added a little more vanilla and it turned out perfectly!

  10. Ima try it today my teacher told me about it I hope it so good

  11. I was confused on how much of each ingredient i needed but other than that i’m sure it would have been good!

  12. This is AMAZING! I sometimes eat snow FRESH from the ground, but it’s usually clean. And to mix that with ice cream, is just, …… well, what’s the word…….. phenomenal!!! Thank you guys for making this snow ice cream!!! =)

  13. Perfect for a Christmas Eve treat for my kids right after a blizzard blew through.

  14. I made snow cream when I was a little kid. It was a tradition we had every year. Now that Im older I don’t make it. Me and my fiancé live in Virginia and the weather was saying we might be getting snow and I thought about Snow Cream. I asked her has she ever had Snow Cream before and she said she has not had it before or even heard of it. IM SO EXCITED!! I GET TO MAKE HER SOME. I love Snow Cream and I know that she will. When she gets to try it, I will come back and leave a comment on how she liked it. I can not wait. She is going to LOVE it.

  15. using metal bowl works best.. doesn’t melt quickly at all :)

  16. Pleasantly surprised! Not just for kids! Parents too!! Yummy and fun!!!

  17. Great recipe. My second time making, I added a tablespoon of instant coffee. It was awesome!

  18. OK hi im a kid and from a kids point of view this is amazinggggg!!!!!!! literally the best i added 1 drop of foodcoloring that i liked and it made it really pretty!!! :D10/10 recomend

  19. Great! Added some pina colada cream! Lol! Yum! Thanks!

  20. This was one of my favorites growing up with my grandmother. I haven’t had it in so long I was looking how to make it again as I’ve never made it on my own. Thanks for putting the recipe up I knew I was forgetting a ingredient and sure enough I was. Thanks again.

  21. it is a great ice cream for winter but in just a few min in the freeser and its realy hard

  22. I did not know you could make ice cream out if snow that sounds like the best idea I have to try this I never thought that snow was so delicous.

  23. It was good but I think it was a little too runny.

  24. This is a great recipe! Tastes a lot like ice cream! But… it melts fast, and you have to be careful with the Vanilla Extract because if you put just a little extra thats all you can taste.

  25. I substituted Almond Egg nog and added vanilla and just a little Monkfruit Sugar- amazing!


  27. 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

  28. made a lot, but tasted nice

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

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

  31. Can you freeze

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

  33. Yum! Easy & yum!

  34. I LOVED IT

  35. mmmmmm that look yummy
    and it must be good

  36. I have had this before it is awesome.

  37. 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!

  38. 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…….

  39. This was great I loved it

  40. So Yummy!!!!

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

  42. 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!

  43. best ice cream ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. 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.