Homemade Old-Fashioned Snow Cream – A treat from days gone by, snow cream is a wonderful, easy frozen classic that falls out of the sky!
Do you remember making homemade Snow Cream when you were little? My husband said his mother made it often and even used eggs for a custard cream. I remember making it a few times with my mom but only with sugar and milk, and maybe some vanilla. This is what happens when you get snowed in!
I tried to get some before and after shots from the front yard. We didn’t end up with as much as areas north and west of us, but it was enough to close businesses and give us a few aches and pains from shoveling the driveway 🙂 I put a few large containers out on the deck when the snow first started. We wanted to capture some clean snow to make our snow cream! We had plenty!
Snow cream is basically a snow cone made with a milk and sugar mixture. I used half-n-half because that’s what I had on hand. I warmed it on medium low then added a little sugar and stirred until dissolved. Off heat I added vanilla extract then chilled the milk mixture until the snow was ready!
My husband enjoyed his walk down memory lane with his milky snow cream. We are all just kids at heart!
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- 1 cup half-and-half or milk
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 6-8 cups fresh fallen snow
Heat the half-and-half in a small saucepan and add the sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Refrigerate until ice cold.
- To make the snow cream, put 6 cups of snow in a large mixing bowl. Pour the cold sugar mixture over the snow and stir with a spatula until blended. Add another cup or two of snow if needed.
- Serve immediately and freeze leftovers
Snow cream has been around for a very long time. Apparently Native American’s sweetened snow with maple sugar. We have also heard that Canadians pour hot maple syrup over snow to create toffee. What a fun experience! Hope you have a wonderful week!