My twins are just old enough to finally realize how awesome being outside is, and whenever we do go out and play, they’re always devastated to have to come back in the house. I knew this activity would certainly make the twins’ day. We made snow ice cream! For those who know me – yes, I don’t hesitate at the chance to make and eat something sweet. My husband and my two dogs also really enjoyed this activity. Even though snow ice cream took only five minutes to make, It got the whole family outside for almost two hours!
Recently, we had the perfect day – a fresh snow had fallen the night before, but the temperatures were nice and cozy – mid to upper 40’s. It was the perfect day to make snow ice cream without having to come back in the house. We had a lovely Sunday afternoon! Here’s what we did:
While the twins napped, I gathered their snow gear. Then, I mixed all the ingredients together in a bowl, except for the snow. Ready for this recipe? It only has four ingredients. SO SIMPLE!
Mix 1 c. milk,
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla in a bowl, and chill until ready to use.
When ready, add 4 cups of fresh snow, stir and enjoy!
After the snow was added, all it took was some good stirring for a minute or two until the consistency was what we wanted. I noticed that it got to a point that if we continued to stir, it would melt and we’d have mush. In the end, the snow ice cream was soft, but also icy – kind of like what would happen if you froze a milkshake. It had that slight icy texture. Now, our 19 month olds needed some assistance in the stirring process, but for slightly older children, they could do this entire activity by themselves – gathering their ingredients, scooping snow, and stirring it all together. It would be a great way to introduce simple and easy cooking to children.
The twins thoroughly enjoyed this delicious treat.
I mean, they practically licked the bowls clean. My dogs DID lick the bowls clean. We just used vanilla and added sprinkles for color – and the flavor reminded me of a Dunkin Donuts Vanilla Bean Coolatta. It was quite tasty. There are other recipes out there that add other flavors, like chocolate or coffee. This was such a success that I think it will be a yearly tradition. In fact, I can’t believe I had never made snow ice cream before. I was missing out!
C, with her mother’s sweet tooth, would have eaten the entire big bowl if we let her. She was covered in ice cream, but it was a great snow experience for both the toddlers! I’m so glad we did this – it was a ton of fun for the whole family!