This week we finally got our first “snow day” that actually involved snow. For two days, my kids (and all the kids in the neighborhood) have been outside 8-10 hours a day sledding, building snowmen, and making snow angels.
One of the children suggested making snow cream and once the idea had been spoken out loud, all of the kids begged to be able to make this treat.
The original recipe that we made when I was a kid involved:
- Snow (of course)
- Milk, heavy cream, or *cringe* sweetened condensed milk
- Lots of sugar
I wanted my kids to be able to try snow cream, especially since the opportunity only presents itself every few years around here, but I wasn’t stooping to sweetened condensed milk. I also didn’t have any dairy in the house and I wasn’t personally going to venture out on snowy roads to get any (I’m from the south… snow-driving isn’t covered in driver’s ed!).
We ended up figuring out a dairy-free/dairy-optional version that the kids enjoyed (and really, how hard could it be to figure out… it only has four ingredients!)
Snow Cream Recipe
Snow cream is a classic winter recipe that kids love. Made with fresh snow, coconut milk or regular milk, vanilla, and optional sweetener, it is a recipe that kids can make and enjoy.
- Collect a large amount of fresh snow in a large bowl.
- In a smaller bowl, combine some of the snow, vanilla and any desired sweetener.
- Add just enough coconut milk or milk to create a smooth consistency.
- Mix well with a spoon until evenly mixed.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.
Snow cream must be eaten immediately as it loses its consistency if kept in the freezer.
Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 1.1 g
Cholesterol 6 mg
Sodium 27 mg
Total Carbohydrates 7.4 g
Sugars 7.1 g
Protein 1.9 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ever made snow cream? Got a variation of this recipe? Share below!