The Gleeful Gourmand: Snow Day Treat Take Two: Snow Cream!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Snow Day Treat Take Two: Snow Cream!

I may well be the only mother in Virginia, nay even the East Coast who has never made Snow Cream. I first learned about Snow Cream in the children's classic "The Bobbssey Twins: Merry Days Indoors and Out," when the littlest twins have to stay home on a very snowy day and their housekeeper makes them Snow Cream. The book was published in 1904, so it's pretty plain that people have been making Snow Cream for a really long time.

This snow day was sort of unexpected since all week the weathermen couldn't make up their minds on what the storm was going to do (by bedtime last night they were saying 0 inches; we now have about 4, whoops). After playing outside and getting pretty soaked (it's a heavy, wet snow with fierce winds) we came in for lunch, and afterwards I knew I wanted to make my very first snow cream for Liam - the perfect snowy day treat.
Collecting snow.

I looked up several recipes and finally decided on a hodgepodge, very basic recipe.

• 6 cups of clean, fresh snow
• 1 cup of milk
• 1/2 cup of sugar
• 1/2 tsp. vanilla

In one bowl, stir together milk, sugar, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, collect 6 cups of fresh, clean snow. Pour milk mixture over the snow and stir. Eat. Smack head when you get brain freeze.

It may be the simplest thing I've ever made, but we all enjoyed it. It was sweet but not too sweet. However, unlike ice cream, we all noticed how much colder Snow Cream is, and all of us received "ice cream headaches." Now there are about a million variations out there - adding cocoa powder for chocolate snow cream, adding diced fruit, adding peppermint extract to make Mint Snow Cream. Paula Deen even uses sweetened condensed milk to make hers. The possibilities are endless. But the above recipe is simple and chances are you have all the ingredients right there in your kitchen. Enjoy!

Snow and milk mixture
Ready to eat

One happy kid!


Elizabeth said...

Yum! My mom would make it for us and it was always a delight - and colder than ice cream!

Jenna said...

I don't remember my mom making it at all! How did your mom make it? Did she do anything besides sugar and vanilla?

Kirsten Oliphant said...

Yum! We won't have snow, but I'll try it when I get my ninja ready. The ninja being my blender I mean. Also, here, they have the shaved ice stands and sweetened condensed milk is one of the things they offer as a topping. It's amazing! They drizzle it over the top. It would probably be fabulous on snow cream!

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