Homemade Snow Ice Cream

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Have some fresh, clean snow in your yard and want to make a fun treat with the kids? Here’s how to make homemade Snow Ice Cream!

Have some fresh, clean snow in your yard and want to make a fun treat with the kids? Here's how to make homemade Snow Ice Cream!

Easy Snow Ice Cream Recipe

Since most of the US has had some kind of snowfall in the last couple of days, I thought it’d be fun to post a little recipe using snow!

I’m sure some of you already know about snow ice cream, but I thought I’d throw my snow cream recipe out there as a little something you could make on these wintery, snowy days! (Because I, for one, am not the kind of girl that turns down ice cream on any day, hot or cold!)

This fun recipe can (and should) be made up quickly. It’s a fun afternoon treat when the kids get home from school, or you can even use it as part of school (hello Home Ec!) if you homeschool. Either way, your kids will think it’s pretty cool to make their own ice cream out of something they found in the backyard.

When you get a large amount of snow, you should use it! Isn’t making Snow Ice Cream the best use of this gift? 😉

Kady in the Snow

Should you eat snow?

I’ve heard all of the arguments and complaints about why you shouldn’t eat snow. Believe me!

If you don’t want to eat snow, don’t eat it. K? If it doesn’t bother you…indulge!

Tip: Looking for a cheap ice cream recipe to make that doesn’t use snow? Try my Frugal Chocolate Ice Cream!

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Homemade Snow Ice Cream Recipe

How to make ice cream out of fresh snow.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Snow Ice Cream
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 275 kcal
Creator Merissa


  • 1 gallon snow fresh, clean, and white!
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Mix all together and eat immediately! You may need a little less milk depending on the consistency of the snow. And if you want to get creative you could even add in goodies or put on toppings!
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Snow Ice Cream Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 94mg4%
Potassium 189mg5%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Sugar 56g62%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 198IU4%
Calcium 179mg18%
Iron 0.03mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you need this recipe to be dairy-free, you can use a milk alternative such as coconut milk or almond milk in place of regular milk. Either way, it will still work and taste delicious!

You could also add fun toppings to this, such as chocolate chips, sprinkles, or other fun goodies. This is a great recipe for your kids to make with minimal supervision.

Tips for Making Snow Ice Cream

  • This goes without saying, but use fresh clean snow (no yellow or brown!)!
  • Make chocolate chip cream by adding in a few spoonfuls of unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Make a strawberry version by adding ground-up freeze-dried strawberries to the mixture.
  • Skip the sugar and add in some maple syrup for a different flavor.
  • Add in a few drops of peppermint extract instead of the vanilla for Peppermint Ice Cream.
  • Make this as quickly as possible. If you are bringing the snow instead, it’s going to melt fast. If you don’t think your kids can make it fast enough, make it in cups for a “snow milkshake” instead.
  • Make this in a large bowl if you are letting children make it. This will make it easier for them to stir the batch without snow getting all over.
  • Only add enough milk to get to the desired consistency. If your snow is very wet or very powerful, you may have different textures and need different amounts.
  • Replace the milk and sugar completely in this recipe and substitute a can of sweetened condensed milk instead.
  • Use whole milk or even heavy cream in this recipe to give it the best flavor.
  • Do not add salt. This will melt the snow faster.
  • Placing the bowl in the freezer before you make the ice cream will help keep it colder.

This is a fun, sweet treat, and my kids always enjoy putting it together. It can also be fun to add to your “school schedule” if you are studying snow or have any kind of winter theme. As I said, this is something that the kids can almost make by themselves so it’s a great home ec project too!

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How to Make a Snow Day Fun

There are many other things that you could include in your day to make a snowy day more fun! It’s always fun to be the mom that helps our kids create fond memories of childhood. Here are a few simple things you can do to make a whole day out of your snowy day.

  • Make hot chocolate.
  • Make snow angels and go sledding if you can.
  • Celebrate the fresh snowfall or first snowfall with candles and a special meal.
  • Cut out snowflakes from white paper and hang them up.

Tip: With a little supervision and help, you can also make some Frosty Beeswax Candles to go along with your snow theme.

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Have you ever made Snow Ice Cream?

Me and Kady

Merissa Alink

Merissa has been blogging about and living the simple and frugal life on Little House Living since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to freedom on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.

This post on How to Make Homemade Snow Ice Cream was originally published in February 2011. It has been updated as of December 2023.

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  1. When I lived in IL, I used to mix some frozen strawberries I had bagged and chopped up from the summer. We loved to do this as a snow day treat and even did it when I working in the Activity Dept for Senior Nursing Home.

  2. 4 stars
    We make snow ice cream every chance we get, not enough in West Texas. ( ‘. However we always use evaporated milk or heavy cream if we made it to the store. Yummy!!