Snow Time Like Now for Ice Cream

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Snow Time Like Now for Ice Cream

December 16, 2013

I scream, you scream, let’s make some snow ice cream! Yes, it may be bone chilling cold outside in, but when the snow falls we can make our own ice cream with a few simple ingredients. Rather than get upset because you are stuck at home on a winter weather day, embrace it and have a snow ice cream party.

My boys secretly can not wait for it to snow enough to really test out our own ice cream making skills. To prepare, we will have all of the ingredients ready, along with fun toppings for taste testing once we are finished. For those of you living in warm weather regions, or have limited snow, have no fear. Any of these recipes can be made using shaved ice rather than fresh snow.

Snow ice cream recipe

Confession: I have lived in New York State my entire life and I never made snow ice cream as a child. Several years ago, we had a very snowy winter and my friend from Albany Kid wrote about her son making snow ice cream. After doing research, it seems like most people prefer making their ice cream  with snow, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla. The sweetened condensed milk helps to thicken the mixture and will aid younger children helping to mix.

  • 8 cups of fresh snow
  • 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Allow kids to head out into your yard to collect snow (avoid the dreaded yellow patches). Have them take out a measuring cup that is safe for outside use, along with a giant bowl to put everything in. Get your ingredients ready to go once the snow is back inside. You simply pour the condensed milk over the snow, add the vanilla, and mix until it has an ice cream consistency. Oh and be sure you are hungry because this ice cream party must happen right away. This particular recipe can not be stored in the freezer for later.

Party time with toppings

Kids will love to decorate and experiment with the ice cream making. Let them test things out. Perhaps they want to add mini chocolate chips to the mix. What if your kids can not agree on one flavor? No problem, do some ice cream math. Work together to figure out amounts for half recipes since the one above makes approximately eight servings. See which flavor mixes up with less mixing or in less time.

Before your party, brainstorm on different combinations of flavors and toppings. Toss in some hypothetical situations about your party and the number of people attending to get the kids thinking about math while having fun. Talk about how you will divide up and serve your delicious treat. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy your wintry ice cream celebrating the season together.

 

 

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Beth Levine

Beth is a mom of two young boys in the Capital Region area of New York. She blogs at TheAngelForever.com and can be found on Twitter via @TheAngelForever. Beth is a lifelong learner and educator that is always looking for new and fun ways to get kids thinking.

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