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! #snowcream #snowicecream #dessert #homemadeicecream #wintertreat #snow #dairyfree #allergenfriendly

Homemade Snow Ice Cream

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.

Should you eat snow?

I’ve heard all of the arguments and complaining about why you shouldn’t eat snow so let me just tell you this. If you don’t want to eat snow, don’t eat it. Ok? If it doesn’t bother you…indulge!

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

Homemade Snow Ice Cream Recipe

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Homemade Snow Ice Cream Recipe


  • 1 gallon of clean fresh snow
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla


  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!

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 the 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 clean white snow!
  • 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.

This is a fun 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!

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

Looking for more fun recipes and crafts for your kids to help with? Here are some fun activities to try:

No Nut Oatmeal Bites Recipe for Kids (Plus Free Printable!)
Oatmeal Goodies (Easy Cookie Recipes For Kids)
9 Incredibly Easy Kids Fleece Projects
How to Make Yarn Dolls
Corn Husk Dolls
Homemade Finger Paint
Easy Homemade Playdough Recipes

Have you ever made Snow Ice Cream?

This post on How to Make Homemade Snow Ice Cream was originally published in February 2011. It has been updated as of November 2019.

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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!!