Snow Cream Recipe

I can hardly believe it, but North Alabama has gotten two awesome snowfalls in less than a month. This, my friends, is historic!  Most Southern kids {myself included} are severely deprived of playing in snow. Hehe!  When it does “snow” we get about an inch. On Christmas we got 4-5 inches and this morning we woke up to 7-8 inches!!!! It was beautiful! And oh-so-deep!

After we played in the snow all morning, my brother filled a big stainless steel bowl full of fresh, clean snow, so we could continue a family tradition…snow cream!

I just about died when a family friend from New York asked what in the world snow cream was. Seriously, I thought everyone made snow cream – especially those who have snow most of the winter!

So, I just had to share this recipe with you…

Snow Cream

  • a big pan of fresh, clean snow {you need a lot because it reduces down with the other ingredients}
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups of milk {whatever looks right and makes it the right consistency – not too runny}

Add sweetened condensed milk to snow and mix well.  Add sugar, vanilla and milk and stir until well blended.  Serve immediately for “soft serve” snow cream or freeze for later.

I prefer the “soft serve” consistency, myself.  Soooooo yummy!


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  1. Charlene Fisher says

    I’m from Massachusetts and I’ve never heard of this! I’m going to try it the next big snowfall! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. says

    I’ve lived in Pennsylvania all my life where we get plenty of snow and I, too, have never had snow cream! Thanks for the recipe! We are supposed to get a few inches of fresh stuff in the next few days, so we’ll have to try it.
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  3. says

    I am from New England as well and never heard of it until we lived down south. Snow isn’t such a novelty for us, so we just shovel it, play in it, then head inside for hot cocoa.
    I am stuck in the south visiting friends for this storm, though. We made Paula Dean’s snow cream today. Pretty good, but a little icy.
    Enjoy your snow!

  4. Heather says

    Looks really yummy! I live in South Alabama, and we didn’t get any snow. :( But if we had, I would definitely be trying this recipe!

  5. Becky says

    We live in Kansas and we just got our first snow of the season yesterday! That is unheard of for us! Our schools were open today, but they will be closed tomorrow because of dangerous wind chills…I know what we’re going to be making! THANK YOU for sharing this recipe…I grew up in the south and I’ve never heard of this!

  6. says

    I grew up with snow cream! Your recipe sounds much better – we would just mix snow, milk & sugar until it was the right consistency & then add food coloring. Because normal white snow is no fun 😛 And yes..someone ALWAYS picked the yellow food coloring…hehe…gross
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  7. Tammy says

    I also grew up with snow cream (live in NE North Carolina) but this recipe does look much better! We had a big snow (for us anyway) over Christmas and I wish I had had this recipe then. I’m hoping we don’t get anymore snow, but if we do, I want to try this!

    I am amazed at all the northerners that have never had (or even heard of!) snow cream! Wow…must be a ‘southern’ thing. lol

  8. says

    I grew up in tons of snow in Wisconsin and this one is new to me, but sounds fantastic. Your pictures are worth thousands of words, the snowcream looks so creamy and delicious and what pretty snow on the front steps.
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  9. Sarah says

    I grew up in Indiana and never heard of snow cream until this snowfall. We must be too used to the snow to think of eating it… Although even with the recipe, I still don’t think our mom would have let us eat it. Living in a big smoggy city we’d never dream of eating anything that came from the sky.

  10. Trisha says

    I’ve lived in the mid-west my whole life and NEVER heard of this recipe! We’ve poured koolaid on snow to make a kind of slushy but this sounds much better. I have six kids and I think it would be a fun treat to try with them.

  11. says

    We made this last year with my kids. I couldn’t believe how delicious it is. The girls added things like pureed strawberries, chocolate chips and sprinkles. I added cinnamon and heath bar chips. I was addicted! Hoping we’ll get a good snowfall this year to be able to make it again.

  12. says

    I have lived in Alberta, Canada most of my life, we have snow every winter and I have never heard of this. Very interested in trying it since we just had another 8 inches and are expecting more on Wednesday.

  13. Brooke says

    We love snow cream, but we use Boiled Custard in ours if we happen to have any left over from Christmas. Which, we did!

    Sadly, our snowmen from yesterday have already fallen apart, but at least we have a big bowl of snow cream in the freezer to enjoy.

  14. says

    Growing up in Alabama, having snow was few and far between, but I do have fond memories as a little girl of my grandmother making snow cream. My dad would always use different flavorings like: banana, strawberry and mint, but my favorite was vanilla snow cream. Yummy!
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  15. says

    It’s definitely a Southern thing. 😉 I was born in Alabama, as was most of my family (some of whom still live there), and I grew up with snow cream as well! I can remember many occasions that my mom would make it, mostly after we moved to the NW portion of the U.S. where we had lots of snow. It was always so much fun! My hubby had never heard of it either, until he married me. 😉

  16. Rose in Ohio says

    I grew up in northeastern NC, and we had at least one or two snowfalls each winter with enough snow for snow cream. My mother made it with milk and eggs and sugar, but I’ve been using condensed milk for years. Try mixing in some drained, crushed pineapple—my Daddy’s favorite!

  17. Courtney says

    I’ve lived in northeast Wisconsin my entire life and I, too, have never heard of this. I am SO glad to have come across this recipe! We live out in the country on 20 acres, so we sure have access to tons of pure, untouched snow! But like most northerners, snow is such a part of every day life, it never dawns on us to do anything special with it! Can’t wait to try this! I haven’t eaten snow since I was a little kid!

  18. Cindy says

    I live in Iowa and have grown up eating Snow Ice Cream!! This is not the recipe I use, I use Paula Deen’s that has snow, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla. But I have to say this recipe sounds MUCH better. I had the snow bowls out last night but we only got 3 inches and sadly there wasn’t enough to make it!! Now I am praying for a good 8 inches or so and then I can try your recipe!! Thank you for sharing it!!

  19. says

    I remember doing this as a kid…LOL Thanks for reminding me of this…I just told my kids one of my childhood memories!!

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  20. says

    OH my goodness. I can not believe how many people have never heard of or eaten snow cream. SO SAD!!! We ate it every winter.

    My husband is from Florida, and we live in Florida now, but when we lived in Kentucky he ate it for the first time. He loved it, so we were very excited to make it while we were in Kentucky for Christmas.

    I use a different recipe, but I am sure it is yummy as long as it has the key ingredients.
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  21. says

    Okay, Alabama girl, I’m going to box up my snow and ship it to you. I’d hate for you to be deprive of snow. :-) We make snowcream with sugar and vanilla. With all the yummy ingredients yours has to be better. Maybe I’ll keep some of that snow…

  22. says

    Like many other commenters, I am from up north and we were too busy eating maple on snow – maybe that’s why I never heard of this ever! We bring our snow inside and pour hot maple syrup (the real deal- no Aunt Jemima’s allowed) over the snow and it sort of hardens. Yummy!!

  23. Angela Lewis says

    Hasn’t the snow been wonderful! We made our snow cream using just snow, milk and vanilla. Made some last night. Would be good to get a snow like this every year!



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