Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Snow Ice Cream {Tasty Tuesday}

It has been a really long winter here in Minnesota. With snow falls doubling averages and extreme cold with weeks of ongoing sub zero temperatures. It has been a really long and depressing, cold winter.

My hopes of spring are crushed when I look out the front door and see this.

My husband and I went on a mini vacation to Las Vegas a few weeks ago. When we came back I was actually depressed with the cold and snow, it was rough getting back to our indoor routines.

A month or so ago I saw a post on the Veggie Tales Facebook page that had a recipe for snow ice cream.  Not so sure that was something I would actually do, knowing what I know about what could be in snow kind of turned me off of the idea. But I remember eating snow as a kid, not even snow that was fresh, but I was ok. I know, while some may be ok, others may get sick.

Yesterday we got another 4-5 inches of snow, the kids were wild (imagine that after being cooped in the house for months), and I needed something to distract them.

Then I said, "Hey boys, want to make snow ice cream!" Of course they were excited, so I got over my idea that snow is icky and set out for some white frozen fluffy flakes for our snow ice cream.

This recipe is really easy and only include 3 ingredients for vanilla or 4 for chocolate, one more ingredient if you include the FRESH fallen snow.

Milk - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Vanilla - 2 tsp
cocoa - 4-5 tsp
snow* - 8 cups or so

* Snow must be freshly fallen, you could even collect by putting container or cookie sheet outside before it starts snowing to collect the fresh fallen snow *

Start by mixing milk, sugar, vanilla and chocolate (if desired) with a wisk. 
Set the mixture aside while you bring your snow in.

This is what I looked like after gathering our snow. The snow was up to my knee on the one side!

Do another quick whisk of your liquid mixture.

You are now ready to add your snow! I just grabbed a 1 cup measuring cup and started adding snow. I did about 8 scoops, some full, some not. Stir and check for desired taste, add more snow if necessary.

Serve immediately. 

We added sprinkles to ours, but you could add caramel, chocolate, nuts, peanut butter... whatever your mouth is craving!

It was actually a very tasty, satisfying snack! I'd do it again! 

Squirrel really liked it, in fact, he is the one that finished off what was left.

Bug enjoyed it too, he took a few bites anyway. But then he decided he would pick out the sprinkles and play with the rest of it. A nice, sticky, safe to eat sensory project for him! 

What do you think? Have you ever made snow ice cream, would you? Do you have a different recipe or some favorite add ins?

1 comment:

  1. I have heard of this but never tried it. I want to though