For the last few years, I have heard about Snow Cream. We have never made it before. However, after the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum shared a recipe this morning, I knew we should give it a try. With 14″ of snow in Ann Arbor, today was a good day to try it since we had lots of fresh snow. It was also a special treat for the snow day between shoveling and working on her science fair project.
Had it just been my daughter and I, we probably would have had the snow cream as a morning snack. But with University of Michigan closed and my husband home too, we had to eat our food at the “proper time”. He doesn’t like breakfast for dinner, dessert before the meal, or other mealtime oddities.
Gathering Snow for Snow Cream
To gather snow for Snow Cream, it is important to gather fresh snow! When we went outside to clear our sidewalks, I brought the stainless steel bowl from my Kitchen Aid Mixer. I placed it in the snow to freeze the metal, then I filled it with fresh snow. I walked out to the middle of our yard to gather snow that had not been previously shoveled or snow-blown to get the freshest snow.
I then moved the bowl of snow into the garage to keep it protected while we shoveled and ran the snow-blower. We also left it frozen in the garage while we ate lunch.
Making Snow Cream
I followed the recipe from Gimme Some Oven that the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum shared on their Facebook page this morning. The recipe called for 1c of milk, 1/3c of sugar, and 1tsp of vanilla to 8c of snow. I mixed the non-snow ingredients in a small bowl and poured over 8c of ice in a larger bowl.
Topping Snow Cream
My daughter sampled one bite of the Snow Cream and proclaimed it to be delicious. Then she got to work topping it like she would regular ice cream…Marshmallow topping, chocolate syrup, and Reese’s sprinkles and a maraschino cherry.
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I kept my snow cream fairly simple with just the Reese’s sprinkles. My husband added caramel syrup to his.
Snow Cream Variations
My daughter and I discussed variations that we can do with snow cream. I mentioned that we could add mint extract instead of vanilla. My daughter vetoed that one since she doesn’t like mint. She was more interested in an almond extract version. You could also experiment with variations on the milk…coconut milk, almond milk, chocolate milk, etc. Another alternative would be to use orange juice and make a snow-sorbet especially if you are lactose intolerant.
Snow Cream Warnings
Use care when selecting your snow for Snow Cream. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum shared this link from UCSB on the topic of “Is Snow Safe to Eat?” When I selected our snow, I used clean, white snow and also selected it from a deep section to avoid going too close to the grass. For our next batch, I am going to look to our back deck since the front yard has been walked through and had snow shoveled and snow-blown on top of it.
Have you ever made Snow Cream? What is your favorite recipe or topping?