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!


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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  4. 5 stars
    It is soooo good!!!

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  7. 5 stars
    Very good snow cream! First time I’ve made it with evaporated milk instead of whipping cream. Thanks to the Blizzard of 2018 on the East coast USA, VA to be exact, 12″ of snow whooopeyyy!

  8. Try yogurt instead of milk mmm mmm oh so good!

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  10. Can I just grab some snow and mix it into my ice cream I already have I bought and just skip the other stuff?

  11. 5 stars
    So easy and delicious!! Save this recipe for sure. I may have accidentally added double vanilla… And it was amazing.

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  13. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I looked high and low for one that didn’t require sweetened condensed milk. I can’t compare those that include it and don’t, but this was great. Perfect recipe to make with the kids. If it helps anyone, I just set my bowl outside

  14. Mine always ends up runny no matter what I do and I follow what was written. However, what I do is I put it in the freezer for a few hours after I make it. Then it comes out fluffy and looking like store bought ice cream.

    • Thanks! Mine just turned runny, going yo put it in the freezer for a bit now. I was disappointed but now I feel hopeful. I think it depends on the texture of the snow. ours was slushy to begin with

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  16. 5 stars
    This was really good snow cream. Will definitely make again in the future. Thanks!

  17. Been eating and making ‘Snow Cream’ all my life. Never heard of adding salt and I’d never do that. Just no need for it. Also never put anything in freezer. Just bring in the snow add the ingredients, evaporated
    Milk, sugar and vanilla to taste the key to it no being runny? Make sure you keep adding snow. It’s supposed to be a little runny. Should look and taste almost exactly like homemade vanilla ice cream.

  18. 5 stars
    I love it! I’ve made this recipe so many times, and it great every time, my little brother and sister love it! Definitely somthing id eat often

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  22. 4 stars
    Hi so I used the recipe but I changed it a bit. instead of mixing the snow with the ingredients we put the ingredients in a plastic bag and the snow in a larger plastic bag with the salt( and we used a lot of salt). Then we played with the big baggie for 5-10 minutes. Shaking the bags till the milk was frozen. It was very sweet but delish. This way you don’t eat the snow and it still freezes the ice cream. Also it is science!

  23. This is adorable! My niece and nephew will love it. Can’t wait to make it with them!

  24. 5 stars
    The Ice Cream was great! I will be using this recipe more often!

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  29. 5 stars
    My 4-year daughter was SO excited. Was delicious, easy, and fun.

  30. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious!!

    If we have snow on March 21 might as well enjoy a sweet treat.

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  35. 5 stars
    First big snow in KC and this capped off our day. We added strawberries for added yummy flavor!!

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  37. 4 stars
    I love this treat. But do not skip the salt it makes it way better I forgot to add it and it was way to sugary but with it is amazing I love it

  38. 5 stars
    Super easy! I used half and half instead of milk for rich flavor. Yum!

  39. 3 stars
    Needed more milk but pretty good!

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  41. 5 stars
    My 4 year old and I had a ball making this. Of course we had to have the sprinkles. Great easy recipe for kids to follow.

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  43. 5 stars
    This was GREAT!!! We did it during the Seattle Snowpocalypse today and it was the best thing ever. Thank you!!!!

  44. 5 stars
    I can’t belive how well this turned out even though I had to add 3 cups extra snow it turned out really great and my brother loves it! By the way to make a Sunday you can put Nesquik chocolate sauce on it and it’s unbelievabley good

  45. 5 stars
    Really yummy my mom had never made it and she loved it so so much.

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  49. Now I can’t wait for it to snow at my house, I’ll make me some yummy ice cream.

  50. Me: Extremely concerned about pollution.