Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Snow Ice Cream

Lately we've had some snow and this means the kids start bugging me for one of their favorite treats, snow ice cream. Lucky for them its almost free, so I rarely say "no". Here's how I make it:

Start by sending at least one kid out to retrieve a pitcher full of CLEAN snow.

The snow

While someone is out retrieving the snow, get all your ingredients together. You've gotta make the ice cream pretty quickly because it loses its ice cream-like consistently quickly once you bring it indoors. You'll need:
  • 1 cup of sugar or other sweetener
  • 1 cup of any kind of COLD milk
  • 2 TBS vanilla
When the child comes in with the snow, take 8 cups of snow out of the pitcher and put it in a bowl with all of your other ingredients.


 Stir, stir, stir and then serve!

A vanilla cone

My son wanted chocolate ice cream after he finished his vanilla cone so I took the leftover ice cream and added some cocoa powder to his bowl. The ice cream was pretty melted by this point, but he did not seem to mind.


It looks kind-of icky, but he loved it!

If I were going to make a whole batch of chocolate, I would omit the vanilla and add 1/4 cup (or more, to taste) of cocoa powder. You could also use strawberries, bananas, chocolate chips or whatever you have laying around the house.

Anyone else love snow ice cream? What other treat can be made with free ingredients that fall from the sky?

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