Snow Ice Cream

Hold a snowflake in the palm of your hand – then make ice-cream!

For those of us in cold, snowy, wintery climes, subscriber Nell O. reminded me that it is time to make snow ice-cream.  For the rest of you who are in some warm place for the winter, enjoy your key lime pie – or you can buy a snow cone machine and make your own dessert.

The first requirement for snow ice-cream is fresh, clean snow.  Here are some variations which you can try to find your favorite recipe.

snow ice cream ingredients


Basic Three Ingredient Snow Ice-cream


  • 8 cups of snow (with a few extra cups as needed, because snow texture will affect the amount required)
  • 1 (14 oz.) can, sweetened, condensed milk – ideally chilled in a snowbank or your fridge if you plan ahead
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Stir together snow, condensed milk and vanilla until combined.  Add more snow to get the desired consistency. Snow ice-cream will keep in your freezer for a week.

Variations on the basic snow ice-cream:

  • Replace 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk with 1 cup of milk and 1/3 cup of sugar
  • Replace sweetened condensed milk with 1 (12oz) can of evaporated milk and 1 cup of granulated sugar.
  • For dairy free snow ice-cream, use 1 cup of coconut, oat, rice or almond milk and 1/3 cup of sugar.
  • Replace the sugar with honey or maple syrup to taste.

Add-ins and add-ons

  • Add a few tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder or a few drops of peppermint extract into the ice-cream
  • Add dried cherries on other dried fruit
  • Add chocolate chips
  • Top with colorful sprinkles

chocolate snow ice cream

Chocolate Snow Ice-Cream from allrecipes


  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon powdered instant coffee
  • 1 gallon clean fresh snow


  • In a bowl, whisk together the milk, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and instant coffee until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
  • Place the snow into a large bowl and pour the chocolate mixture over the snow. With a large spoon, stir until the snow ice cream is thoroughly combined. Serve immediately.

Korean Shaved Ice

ASE article on shaved ice treats.  The toppings and mix-ins for shaved ice will work well with snow ice cream.  The snow cone machines included in the article will make snow ice cream a year round treat.Snow cone maker

Cuisinart Snow Cone Maker, $69.99