Nature’s Fresh Dessert
There is nothing like the excitement of a snow day. Not necessarily for me, but for my children. They scream. They jump. They want to run outside and leap in the snow where I honestly want to stay in my cozy pajamas and lounge with a Netflix marathon.
Historically, in the several years of having children if there was a snow day, then my husband was marooned at his job. When you are faced with two children under the age of two, you begin to experiment heavily. With snow day activities, that is.
We have enjoyed snow sensory bins, watercoloring snow, snow volcanoes, icicle observations and outdoor snow painting. Towards the end of the day, I am like most parents, surrendering to a Disney movie marathon but for a few minutes I feel confident that my children had some fun learning through play.
Recently, our science experiments included making ice cream with snow! While this sounds like a lot of work it is actually not. After the simple ingredients are gathered, it takes a few minutes to mix everything up and enjoy. It is so simple, easy and delicious that we want to experiment with a variety of flavors.
- 5-6 c. of fresh snow
- 1 c. of milk
- ½ c. of sugar
- 1 t. of vanilla
It has been my goal to place a bowl outside to collect the snow. It is recommended a metal bowl to keep the snow cold, but we have a melamine bowl.
Once you have all of your ingredients organized, place some snow in a large bowl.
Add milk, sugar and vanilla.
Add the remaining snow until snow ice cream has the consistency that you like.
Snow ice cream is delicious but doesn’t keep well in the freezer, so it is best consumed immediately.
You can experiment by adding different flavor extracts like coconut or mint. Please don’t judge me when I ran out of milk once, I improvised by adding my toffee nut coffee creamer which was delicious. Add cocoa powder for chocolate ice cream or strawberry jam!