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Food Sunday: Snow Ice Cream

As you can guess, I’m staring out my window at snow.  Being located in a place that doesn’t have it often, and then only for awhile, I love the stuff.  Understandably, tastes differ.

When we were small, my parents would use the occasional snowfall to introduce us to snow ‘ice cream’.   I enjoyed it, but of course it didn’t become too demanding a habit due to a predictable scarcity.

In my experience, it’s made by scooping up newfallen fluffy stuff and compouding it a bit in a big bowl, then adding sugar or syrup and vanilla.   I’ve heard other variations on the dish.   Some involve ‘jimmies’ – not something I encountered until I went to college in New England.  As I understand it, those are chocolate looking small sugary sprinkles.  Seemingly, everyone has a version of his/her own. . . .

Here’s a basic recipe which incorporates what I learned about it.

Learn how to make ice cream from snow. Follow these instructions to create your own snow ice cream treat.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • CLEAN Snow

Go outside and get 4 – 5 cups of fresh, clean snow. Don’t pack the snow! Bring it in the house and set it in the freezer until you need it.

Mix together the milk, vanilla, and the sugar. Stir this mixture until the sugar is dissolved. Slowly add the snow to your mixture, stirring constantly, until it is as thick as ice cream! Eat up!

Hopefully, you will all get a chance to try this out.   Hopefully, the snow won’t still be here in February not looking quite so delectable.

Enjoy.   What is your recipe?

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.