We first tried this “recipe” the week we finally got our first snow day that actually involved snow. For two days, my kids (and all the kids in the neighborhood) were 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.
I figured there was a way to make snow cream delicious but without corn syrup or processed ingredients… and a new family recipe was born!
Dairy-Free Snow Cream Recipe (No Evaporated Milk)
I remembered snow cream from when I was a kid and that the recipe 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 where we lived at the time, 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!).
But… Is It Safe to Eat Snow?
Still, let me say the obvious: This snow cream recipe is only “healthy” if you use fresh, pure white snow! Avoid snow that’s been sitting around or is anything that is less than pure white 🙂
If you’re ready for more snow recipes, try making snow-day maple candy next!
Snow Cream Recipe
- fresh clean snow
- 1 cup or more of coconut milk or raw milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- honey or maple syrup to taste optional
- 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.
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Discussion (25 Comments)
My kids eat snow. Even I have eaten snow when thirsty and we are out on a hill sledding. We live on a farm in Saskatchewan, and we have nothing but feet of snow for 6-7 months of the year. Avoid the yellow snow.
My Grandma used to make this for my siblings and I when we were little kids. She’d send us out to get snow and then she would put canned evaporated milk and brown sugar on it. I had forgotten all about it, so thanks for the reminder! Will have to make it with my kids this winter.
If you live in a big city or close to an industrial area I wouldn’t suggest trying this just because of local smog. Anywhere else, really, eating this is no worse than taking a swim in a lake, river, or swimming pool (swimming pools being even worse than lakes or rivers when it comes to toxins). You’re more likely to get sick from a bacteria that can begin to grow on snow after a week of being on the ground. So the key to making snow cream is, as stated in the recipe, fresh clean snow.
If you’re still going to nitpick over the snow, though, you can get a similar results using ice from a snow-cone or shaved ice machine.
Anyways. I’ve been living in cities for the past ten years, and visiting family in less populated and smoggy areas has a habit of happening when either there isn’t any snow or the snow has been around too long. Growing up, though, we used to make ours with goat milk and fruit preserves. Tried thinned out yogurt a couple times, with mixed results.
I have made the origanal recipe before, it is sooooo yummy!
I still think this is pretty cool even after reading the comments. Chemtrails? Really? lol. I guess you need to know more about airplanes and what contrails are.
I can’t stop my boys from eating snow. I tried. I did it when I was a kid and understand why they enjoy it. I can’t always buy organic food but I don’t refuse to feed my family non-organic when I have to. If you think about it, this recipe is 10 times better then even a tub of “all-natural” ice cream. The cow the milk came from probably ate GMO corn covered in pesticides anyway!
I give this recipe 5 stars for uniqueness and fun!
Wow, people take the fun out of everything these days! These comments are so depressing… I love this idea. My son often makes “slushies” with fresh snow, just like my sisters and I loved to do when we were kids. I never thought of making snow cream, but I bet he would LOVE that! Sometimes you just have to enjoy the good things in life and not over-think everything 🙂
THANK YOU…… I was getting depressed reading these comments. We breathe in toxins with every breathe I’m sure, but we’re not going to stop breathing. GoodNESS! I, for one, am super excited to try this HEALTHY version next snow fall. I couldn’t resist trying it the ‘normal’ way with all the snow we got last week, as I grew up in Florida and never had the opportunity. 🙂
Thanks again for the positive comment!
While I do not condone eating snow, and we’ve had tons here in Michigan, on a regular basis, how much harm can a bit every few years do? Especially if the children are strong and healthy.
I agree. If something is ingested very rarely it is doubtful it will hurt you.
I just found this link: it has sources at the end of the article>
The reason I don’t think this is a good idea in today’s toxic world. Maybe when it was original: I guess this dates back to the mid-century era.
Although it sounds delicious…
I will not be eating snow, thanks, nor would I suggest this to anyone. I find it absurd, considering all the impurities and toxins in the air and rain water. I’m surprised that you would eat this, Katie! Do you know what’s in rain water these days?
You, and everyone on here, has no clue what a “toxin” actually is. The dose makes the poison; a tiny bit of snow isn’t going to hurt anyone.
I wonder if there really IS such a thing as “clean snow” these days?
What with chemtrails and toxic air pollution, etc. We all know about acid rain, what about acid snow?
Sounds great, but I would wonder about the snow part…..
Agreed. Everything is so contaminated these days. I wouldn’t eat snow, no matter how freshly fallen. Just like I wouldn’t drink a cup of rain water or lake water without running it through the Berkey first. No such thing as “fresh” anymore. It’s sad that we’ve come to that point in the world, but here we are.
We never got snow, only ice! I need to go up north so I can make this : )
Same here! This looks so tasty and I would LOVE to make it, but alas. It doesn’t snow in Southern California 🙁
Even when there is some snow, if that falls in a big city, there is no clean snow almost anywhere.