Yesterday, we got a total of eight inches of snow – more than I have ever seen since moving to North Carolina ten years ago! The kids don’t even have snow boots and pants simply because there hasn’t been the need for them. But, that didn’t stop them from spending time outside building snowmen, making snow angels in the driveway, and catching snow on their tongues. They had a blast!
For parents, snow days are the best but also the worst. I love having a day off with the kids, but the question instantly becomes how to keep the kids entertained for most of the day while they are stuck inside. Typically, this results in them hanging in their rooms playing games or watching YouTube, but I was determined not to have that be the case this snow day. I had numerous craft ideas planned but the one thing we loved most was making snow ice cream!
I had never made this as a kid, but I stumbled across the idea on Pinterest long ago. I rarely anticipate us seeing any snow in the winter, but when we got a record amount I knew this was the perfect idea for a snow day treat. This was actually really easy and amazingly tasty!
There are numerous recipes online, but I went for a combination of what I was finding essentially making up my own (it isn’t rocket science!). We decided to make two different batches – one vanilla ice cream and the other mint chocolate chip. So, first we collected all of our non-snow ingredients. In one bowl, we combined milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. In the other, we combined all the same ingredients but added a hint of peppermint extract.
Next, it was time to get some snow! I sent my stepdaughter out onto the back porch as I stood right inside the door with our bowls of milk mixture. You have to work quickly as it melts pretty fast, but now all there is to do is stir it all together. Most recipes online call for eight cups of snow, which seemed like a whole lot to me. Cutting this in half, made enough for three decent size bowls of ice cream.
We added sprinkles and a bit of caramel to our vanilla ice cream and added chocolate chips to the peppermint one. You can add just about any toppings you would put on normal ice cream though. Serve it up and enjoy!
The kids absolutely loved this one. I was frankly surprised at how much it tasted like real ice cream. Since we had so much snow, we ended up making this two days in a row. My boyfriend even said he enjoyed it, though he was hesitant at first at the idea. I also loved the fact that my stepdaughter had never done this before and it was something we got to enjoy making together. This is definitely something we will get excited to make anytime it snows again.
Snow Ice Cream
1/2 c. Milk
1/3 c. Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt
4 c. Fresh Snow
Toppings (Optional): Sprinkles, chocolate chips, caramel
*For mint ice cream, use 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
Whisk together all non-snow ingredients in a large bowl. Collect your snow and mix it all together. Add desired toppings and enjoy!
What are your favorite snow day traditions? Comment below!