Snow Ice Cream


What do you do with all that snow outside? Have your granddaughter make Ice Cream, of course, and you do not need an ice cream maker to do it. This is not just a fun activity to do with the kids but it tastes good too. We made ours with Half and Half but you can also make it with milk or heavy cream (the best). Add some chocolate, strawberry or caramel syrup and it tastes even better yet! You can make this in just a few minutes and it makes enough for everyone.


You only need 3 ingredients to add to your snow.

Don’t get the snow until you have the rest

of the ingredients mixed together.


In a medium bowl add the milk, Half and Half

or heavy cream with the sugar and vanilla. 


Stir until the sugar is completely

dissolved then refrigerate.


Gather a gallon container of clean snow.

Add the prepared liquid ingredients to the snow.


Fold the liquid into the snow making sure it

is mixed in thoroughly, then serve. You can

top with ice cream toppings or even stir in

a little chocolate syrup to make chocolate ice

cream. Serve immediately and freeze any extra.


If you are really adventurous, you can add

Hot Cheetos to your ice cream like my

granddaughter did….yuck! That girl lives

for Hot Cheetos and even crushes them

up in her Ramen Noodle Soup!

Snow Ice Cream



  • 1 gallon snow
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Half and Half (or milk or heavy cream)


  1. In a medium bowl stir together the sugar, vanilla extract & Half and Half (or milk or heavy cream) until the sugar completely dissolves then refrigerate.
  2. Gather one gallon of clean snow. I look for a drift where there are no footprints from nature. I scrape the top layer of the snow off and scoop up the clean snow in the layer below.
  3. Immediately add the liquid mixture to the snow. Fold the snow and liquid mixture together until thoroughly combine and looks like ice cream. 
  4. Serve immediately and top with ice cream toppings if you want. You can also mix a little chocolate syrup into the ice cream to make chocolate ice cream.



  1. Oh, that sounds like so much fun! I miss hanging out with my little cousins and doing fun stuff like this. “Hot Cheetos and even crushes them up in her Ramen Noodle Soup!” Don’t give me any ideas 😆 😅

  2. We just came in from playing in the snow. Will definitely have to give this one a try one day. What a cool and fun recipe!

  3. Huh …? Is that now like real snow 👀 … What do you suggest I put in place of snow if I can’t find fresh snow?
    Anyway, that looks really interesting and I love how you invent recipes with even something like snow!

    • I use to use that but found I like this one better. It doesn’t have that extreme sweet taste and this way tastes so much more like real ice cream. It was so good I even froze the left overs…lol

  4. Here in Canada, at the maple syrup camp,hot maple syrup is poured into the snow and with a popsicle stick, swirl it like a lollipop. You can also scoop some snow into a glass and pour any maple syrup over it. Take it as a slushie. Nice way of using snow .Helps lessen the amount to be shoveled–lol.

  5. I teach culinary skills and recently made snow ice cream for my students. It was touch and go because unless it is actually snowing (and not freezing rain, which we get a lot of here in Oregon), I wasn’t sure I could collect enough snow to make it work. Well, it did. The next day our power went out, but I still ate a couple servings in the cold! Glad to see this here!

  6. When I was a kid in Tennessee we didn’t have much opportunity to make it, but we did when we could. We called it Snow Cream, but it was the same thing. So delicious!

  7. We had a lot of snow but I did not have milk, half and half or heavy cream so I did not get to make any. I have great memories of snow ice cream as a kid and when I made it for my kids. Good stuff!!

  8. I have finally caught up to this post you mentioned last week – how fun this is! Almost like the people who make the maple syrup candy right in the snow. P.S. – I’d leave off the Hot Cheetos like you would.

      • It is maple syrup time now in the Metroparks. I follow them on social media but heard on the radio that you can go watch maple trees being tapped and I think the tour includes maple sugar candy. That will be your next venture with your granddaughter Diane … unless the snow is gone until November? I’ve never had those Hot Cheetos. I have seen them on the perimeter path left for the squirrels – yikes!

      • We have maple syrup festivals here to but I have never seen the syrup poured into the snow. We have seen the syrup being cooked and they sell the candy, just don’t demonstrate it. We took both kids 2 years ago.

      • When my daughter was in grade school (she’s 29 now) I chaperoned to a place called Hale Farm in Ohio. They went during maple syrup time. I have been to numerous festivals (too many to count) and what’s funny is I would rather have Mrs. Butterworth on my pancakes and french toast….shhh don’t tell anyone I don’t like pure maple syrup. lol I have maple trees on my property and always thought it would be fun to tap a tree until I saw how much you needed for just a quart.

      • I would like to go again – it’s been years since I went. This year they are doing it in a Metropark fairly near me, but I’ll wait until next year and COVID is over. No worries that way. When we lived in Canada we had corn syrup, not Canadian maple syrup. Maybe it was cheaper? Not sure, but in later years, living here, we only genuine maple syrup for a treat – it was expensive and just a small bottle. We used to get the Smuckers blueberry and strawberry syrup years ago. I wonder if they still make it – did you see that syrup at the Smuckers store when you were there? I’m perfectly fine with Mrs. Butterworth or Aunt Jemima syrup too. 🙂

    • Oh I wouldn’t either! We are in the country so I don’t worry about pollution but we do have animals. If you know it is going to snow you can put a container out and up to catch the clean snow but that wouldn’t help the pollution. Not another Hot Cheetos lover…lol I told my granddaughter what you said and she said SEE grandma other people them too!

  9. I tried this when it snowed here in TN… I didn’t realize you could use half and half instead of heavy cream! Wish I had known then, I tried using Cool Whip and Almond extract.. didn’t go very far 🤣🤣
    Also, I just have to be honest here, hot Cheetos and ramen noodles sound delicious! Your granddaughter onto something with that… but hot Cheetos in ice-cream? I think I’ll pass! 😅

  10. This brought back memories of the snow cream my mother used to make for us when I was a child. We had some really big snows back then — especially in March 1960 when it snowed every Wednesday. The climate has changed and now we rarely get a nice snow here in the southern piedmont of NC. We get ice storms. Your snow cream looks delicious. I’m envious, but thanks for triggering some good childhood memories.

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