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 snow men 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 drivers 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!)
- Fresh clean snow
- 1 cup or more of coconut milk or (raw) milk
- ½ teaspoon organic vanilla extract
- (optional) honey or maple syrup to taste
- Collect fresh snow in a large bowl.
- In a smaller bowl, combine 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.
Ever made snow cream? Got a variation of this recipe? Share below!