How to Make Snow Cream

How to Make Snow Cream

We woke up to lots of snow in Maryland! My kids are normally very excited about the sight of snow.  However, they were a little disappointed since school doesn’t officially start for them until January 6th.  When they think of snow, they think of being out of school due to school being closed because of bad weather.  Oh, well.  Perhaps it will snow again on January 5th.  Of course, the snow brought on the lovely idea of making SNOW CREAM.  I remember having it as a little girl growing up in Mississippi.  It rarely snowed in Mississippi, but when it did, my mom would make snow cream.  You’ve got to try it at least once during a snowy day.  Give it a try when the next snow day hits your town.


  • large bowl of clean snow
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • yellow food coloring (optional)


How to Make Snow Cream

Collect a nice clean bowl of snow.  I use two large bowls when making snow cream; one for mixing and one for holding extra snow if needed.

How to Make Snow Cream

Pour in evaporated milk.  I used almost the whole can of milk.  The evaporated milk gives it a nice little yellow coloring.  That’s why I like to use evaporated milk instead of regular milk.  You can also add in yellow food coloring at this point if you like.  I put in a couple of drops to give it a more richer coloring.  It’s totally optional.

How to Make Snow Cream

Then, pour in vanilla extract.  I started with 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract and ended up using about 1  1/2 teaspoon.  It will depend upon your taste.  Plus, I kept adding more snow as I went along.  So, I had to add additional extract.

How to Make Snow Cream

Add in your sugar.  Just like the extract, I started with a 1/4 cup and kept adding until it was sweet enough for me.  You’ll have to taste as you go along and add additional sugar to sweeten to your taste.

How to Make Snow Cream

Add more snow if needed.  Sometimes, it takes me awhile to get the exact taste that I like and the snow mix melts quickly. So, I keep the extra bowl of snow close to add extra snow when needed.  When finished, just dish up a scoop for everyone.  If you don’t eat all the snow cream, it’s impossible to save it.   So, this time, I tried my hand at freezing the leftover in a Popsicle container that I bought from Everything’s A Dollar Store.

How to Make Snow Cream/Popsicle

This is the cute Popsicle container.  Fill container with snow cream mixture.  Let freeze.  To remove the popsicle from container, turn sideways, and run hot water over the bottom part for a couple of seconds.  Turn upside down. Then, slide popsicle out.  I’m giving the popsicles a 10! The snow cream tastes great on a stick. This is another great way to enjoy snow cream.  Perhaps, it could be called popsicle snow or snow popsicle.

How to Make Snow Cream

A nice shot of snow on our deck.    It’s always wonderful to get a little snow during the year.  So, have you tried snow cream or made snow cream?


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  1. It’s about 80 degrees here in California, so although I would love to make this, I just can’t! Argh! Thanks for sharing at Do Tell Tuesday, and I hope you have a chance to link up again this week!

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  2. Yum! This is one of our favorite snow day treats…I’ll have to try it as popsicles…Fun idea! Thanks for linking up to Hit Me With Your Best Shot last week! Hope to see you again tomorrow night at 7 EST! Excited to see what you’ve been up to!

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  3. I’ve never had snow cream but now I’m completely fascinated! It seems like a great treat to make with your kids. I’ll definitely be trying it the next time we have some snow.

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! 🙂
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  4. Thanks for sharing this. I thought we were the only ones that did this. Love to have you back anytime on Twirl and take a bow. ~Tammy
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  5. These look good! My daughter would have loved these when she was younger. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  6. I have never heard of snow cream, of course I grew up in Southern California where we did not receive any snow…ever! Now that I am in Iowa and have 2 feet of the white stuff in my backyard, I will have to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend. Pinning to our party board. 🙂
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  7. I have never heard of this, but I am telling my sister because she watches her grandkids on Wednesdays and this would be so much fun. Thank you for sharing it on our Four Season’s Blog Hop.

  8. Love this! The next time I can find clean snow I’m definitely trying it! Pinning, and thanks for sharing at Creativity Unleashed!
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  9. We’re going to make this tomorrow morning! I was wondering about using my can of evaporated milk since the recipes I’ve seen so far call for milk and I’m rationing out the almond milk until I can get to the store. This answers my question and I’ll just use my can of evaporated milk! Thanks!
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    • My mom always used evaporated milk. Never had it with regular milk. I just love the color and the taste that the evaporated milk gives to the snow cream.

  10. I grew up in South Carolina, but now live in Southern California. Well on the usually once a year occasion that it did snow in South Carolina, my step-dad would always make snow cream and it was delicious! Man I miss it. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. Also thanks for stopping by my blog to show some comment love!

    • You’re welcome Katrina! I think that’s why the snow cream tasted so good during those times. It’s because you rarely got to make it if you lived in places like we grew up.

  11. This looks amazing! Pinning this for later. Happy New Year to you!
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  12. Snow Cream is one of our favorite winter treats up here in NH – but I’ve never thought of making popsicles with it! Genius! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    I’m visiting from the Mommy Monday blog hop – perfect timing, too! We just got over a foot of snow Thursday & Friday so we’ll hopefully get to try the snow pops in the next couple days.

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    • Hi Lisha! The popsicles are definitely a hit with the family. I really enjoy them because you don’t have to eat them right away. Plus, it tastes even better on the stick.

  13. I shared this post on Google+ it looked so good. Now I’ve found you on the #mommymondaybloghop!
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  14. I keep seeing everyone talk about this, I’ll have to try this next time it snows!!!!!
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  15. I hope everyone suffering all the cold weather this week takes advantage of this recipe! I’m in Texas this week and it was a crazy 70 degrees today. Back to freezing tomorrow but no snow 🙁 Thanks for linking up at Thursday STYLE!
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  16. OK, my kids are in their thirties but I just might take my middle-aged self out and get some snow. It looks so fun!! To quote Frank Zappa “Watch out where the huskies go and don’t you eat that yellow snow.” LOL

  17. My uncle made this for us when we were kids. Oh the memories.
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    • Hi Julie! Doesn’t a recipe like this, just take you back to those simple days of fun and fun foods? I always think of my mom making this when I make it. I tend to call her every time I make it.

  18. What a great recipe. We’re expecting a lot of snow and this should be a lot of fun!
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    • Hi Deauna! I’m such a winter girl. I love snow! This dish adds an extra reason for me to love the pretty snow. You’ll definitely enjoy making this one….

  19. Very easy recipe, we don’t get much snow in the South. However, if we do get some snow I think my five year old would enjoy making ice cream from the snow.
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    • Hi Sonya! Being a former southern girl, I know that snow is a rarity. I think that was why we were so super excited about having snow cream. It was a treat that rarely came about, but when it did come, we loved making snow cream.

  20. Real snow?! Oh my goodness~ that is great! I have never, ever heard of this. What a super fun recipe, my kids are going to bust! We have tons of snow right now, so I can get started right away! 🙂
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    • Hurry Kim! You definitely want to make the snow cream before the snow leaves. Our snow will hang around for a couple more days. I’m sure that more snow is in the works for us during the winter and I will get a chance to make more…..

  21. What an awesome idea! I have never heard of doing this. Totally want to try now haha 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
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  22. OMG this is so cool! The little kid in me just came out when I saw that you used real snow to make this with. I thought this was going to be a recipe for regular ol’ ice cream, but nope…its real snow. How awesome is that! If only Georgia would get some snow, then I could give this recipe a try.
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    • Hi Tenns! It’s something about snow that definitely brings out the kid in everyone. Just had relatives in from Georgia and their kids were super excited to play in the snow. Perhaps, Georgia will be in line for getting snow this year and you can whip up a batch of snow cream….

  23. That’s so cool! I wish we had snow so I could try it! Thanks again for linking up at Thursday STYLE!

    • Hi Amanda! It is really so much fun making and eating the snow and the popsicles turned out great. So, now we have something else to look forward to when it snows again.

  24. Oh my goodness! You actually use real snow. I didn’t think that you would. I thought it was just in the name because the color was white! This looks so awesome. I won’t be able to try it here since it doesn’t snow but if we visit somewhere else I can! I’m going to pin this for later!
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    • Hi Brittnei! Oh geez, no snow. We look forward to the snow each year. Sometimes, we get a lot, and sometimes a little. Of course, I don’t a need a ton to make snow cream. Plus, the snow popsicles turned out so great that we’ll be looking forward to the next snow storm that blows through.

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