Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Snow Ice Cream on a Snow Day

Yes, we had a snow day today! Well, rather, it was a cold day. The snow hit on Monday, we had school on Tuesday, and then today was cancelled for the -35 windchill. Brrrr!

So, what to do on a snow day. Have you heard of snow ice cream? A friend shared a link on Facebook for fun activities to do on snow days, and it included a link to 
the Sugar Pie Farmhouse Blog on making snow ice cream. It's literally ice cream made from snow! 

It calls for 8 cups of snow, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

After making this recipe (if that's what you'd call it!), I can tell you the snow measurement is pretty subjective! I think it has to do with how hard you pack your measurements and what kind of snow you have. We needed a lot more than 8 cups! We could tell as we stirred because it was very liquid-like until we added extra snow.

We split ours into two bowls so each of our kids could mix. I gave them each 1 teaspoon of vanilla in their half batches, and I think that was a good choice. Also, I figured out why the original post didn't include very many "before" pictures. It doesn't look very appetizing at first, does it?

Sure enough, after some stirring and adding in more snow, we had ice cream! It came together so quickly that I didn't even get pictures of the kids stirring it up.

It didn't hold its ice-cream consistency for all that long. This is really something you'd want to eat right away. But how cool and fun! It's very easy to do with little ones.

...and a blurry shot of my snow ice cream (I tossed in a few chocolate chips. Shhh).