Winter is an awesome time of the year. You may not be able to hangout at the beach, but you can go skiing, have wild snowball fights and exchange neat stories by a warm fireplace in a cozy cabin. Oh, and did we mention Snow Cream? Winter is the only time of the year when a basic ice cream ingredient literally falls out from the sky. It’s like having your ice cream delivered to your doorstep.
Snow Cream is an awesome way to get the kids involved in making their own food. It’s fast and easy. It’s even nostalgic. Take a trip down memory lane when you were young making this sweet concoction. Here’s a great recipe from All Recipes to help you with your stroll.
1 gallon clean snow
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk
When it starts snowing, collect the flakes by placing a clean bowl outside. Put it on top of a stool or anything that can lift it high enough to make sure that dogs and other animals won’t get to it.
When it’s full, combine it with sugar, vanilla and milk. Stir them together; you may add more ingredients to get the desired consistency.
Serve at once.
To really spice things up, we’ve listed down five fabulous upgrades to this basic recipe and the ingredients you’ll need to make them.
Orange Dream Snow Cream
Now you can put some excitement on your mundane glass of OJ by pouring it into a bowl of snow cream. From Handmade Charlotte, this sweet-sour combination gives kids of all ages (that might include you) another reason to love the snowy season.
1 can sweetened condensed milk, about 14 ounces
3/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
9 cups snow or shaved ice
Maple Snow Cream
Maple syrup isn’t really just for waffles and pancakes. It’s a flexible ingredient that can be made into many appetizing food inventions. The thick amber syrup gives this smooth rich dessert from Blue Ridge Mountain Life a distinct sugary flavor.
12 cups snow
2 cups of milk
1 cup granulated sugar
1 – 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 – 1 cup Vermont Dark Amber Maple Syrup
Cake Batter Snow Ice Cream
For stressed out moms who just want to sit down and enjoy a quiet time with a super quick dessert, this unique snowy treat from Snappy Gourmet has just the right amount of spike that you need. It has Pinnacle Cake vodka for a delightful aroma of buttercream in an easy iced creation.
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup yellow cake mix
3 tablespoons Pinnacle Cake flavored vodka
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 cups snow or shaved ice
Chocolate Peanut Butter Snow Ice Cream
What do you get if you bring two heavenly flavors together? Obviously, you’ll have Snappy Gourmet’s amazing version of snow cream. It’s flavored with chocolate and peanut butter, two of the most beloved food in practically any household. So, if your family can’t decide to have either, treat them to both!
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup milk or cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 cups white snow or shaved ice
toppings: chocolate syrup, whipped cream, peanuts
Strawberry Snow Cream
What’s a frozen desert without classic strawberry? This snow cream creation from Betty Crocker is wonderfully thickened by whole milk and whipping cream, and it’s sweetened to candy-like proportions.
2 cups whole milk
6 cups snow
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 to 3/4 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons strawberry syrup or 1/4 teaspoon strawberry candy flavor
Betty Crocker™ Decorating Decors candy sprinkles (optional)